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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by quantumfaith, Dec 20, 2014.
Well, if that is the government criteria for tax relief then woe to all churches that are tax exempt. That would prevent churches that are tax exempt from seeking persons to fill the pulpit or teachers in their schools from demanding they are like faith and order with their church.
My impression though I do not understand all tax codes is that this venture is intended to be some form of alternative (educational and entertainment) for the more fundamentally minded in our society. It also seems to be motivated somewhat by a capitalistic profit motive. If so, I do not think it should have the privilege of a tax break.
Would not employees that repudiate the very principles of the project defeat the very intent of helping the financial state of the community? Why is it wrong to fill a pulpit and teaching positions in a church school and at the same time improve the financial condition of the community with the money being invested in that ministry?
However, if this was really a pretense only to make money rather than promoting a religious world point of view then I could see rejecting it.
Exodus 20:4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth."
Not allowed. :tear:
Not sure that I understand your point.
No point. Being facetious. (The Biblicist objected to interpretive images of Scripture, i.e., images of Christ) on another thread.
Personally I think that the Ark Park should decide if it is a theme park or a ministry. If the former, then fight for the tax break. If the latter, then don't....advertise it as the price one pays for their faith. There is too much blending of secular and Church. I'd like to see the park take a stand and tell them it is not about the almighty dollar.
He is intentionally misrepresenting my position on another post. He imagines that I think the second commandment forbids images in an absolute way. Never said, never believed it, never defended it. I believe the second commandment forbids any and all images that portray God or anyone or anything that usurps the position of God (as an object of worship).
However, here on this thread, I think it is meant to be humor.
Exempt Purposes - Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)
The exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals. The term charitable is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erecting or maintaining public buildings, monuments, or works; lessening the burdens of government; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; defending human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency