PERSONS OF FAITH - BABLICALLY PROPHETS OR PROFITS
They tell you to never to talk about Religion, Sex and Politics. But many do, every day and here are some of the real answers gleaned from the real world and coffee break rooms found all over the world. And it's a world of no fear, for the truth shall prevail.
For those who are squeamish, afraid of the bogeyman, hell, fire, brimstone, and other man made fear derivatives, this might not be the place for you. For those of you being accused of heresy, seeking the truth, welcome home brother. And the truth many times does not come from those we trust to tell it.
When you think of these mega-wealthy prosperity teachers who rake in millions each year and live ridiculously lavish lifestyles, you probably don’t think about them as preachers in brown harsh fabric robes wearing sandals spreading the gospel. Instead they are in suits made by the Brioni, fabulous mens designers who started right after World War II. Brioni suits are a favorite of mogul Donald Trump, but nowadays they are best known for dressing James Bond since 1995.
But as you’re about to find out, spreading the gospel has become a very profitable business for several well-known televangelists, affording them the opportunity to live in mansions, own private jets, take exotic trips, relax in hotel rooms that cost thousands per night, and even own second and third homes and in one case much more than that.
Of course, these preachers are heads over nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations, so whenever one of them starts to flaunt their wealth, the government is going to take notice. Over the course of the past 3 years, the Senate has been investigating 6 of the wealthiest televangelists to ensure they aren’t taking advantage of their nonprofit status.
These are the “Prosperity Evangelists” who have no shame in getting paid for their spiels and routines, fake savings and miracles, gizmos, holy water from the tap and special prayer cloth’s and powders herbs and vitamins. They are fakes and charlatans, taking advantage of anyone they can who is weak enough to believe them. They are good at what they do and many fall prey.
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Real-life religious con artists and their stories of duplicity - The investigation has yet to be resolved—it’s safe to say Congress has more pressing matters—but we’re going to share some of the most interesting financial data for each of these televangelists so you can decide if you think these organizations are in violation. Before we talk about the preachers under federal investigation, let’s take a look at some of the laws applicable to churches and religious organizations.
According to the IRS tax guidelines for churches, there are several things a church can do to jeopardize its tax-exempt status.
–Churches net earnings may not inure to any private shareholder or individual.
–They must not provide a substantial benefit to private interests.
–All tax-exempt organizations must maintain books of accounting to justify their claim for exemption in the event of an audit. In other words, they need to have specific records of where all the money is going.
The IRS may initiate a church tax inquiry if an appropriate high-level Treasury Department official has reasonable belief (based on written facts and circumstances) that the organization is in violation of its tax-exempt status.
Here’s how the audit process works:
—Reasonable belief is established, and the IRS contacts the church with a written notice explaining their concerns.
–The church may respond with a written explanation to address these concerns–If the church doesn’t respond or the response is weak, the IRS sends second notice saying they will examine their books and records
–The church may request a meeting with the IRS official to discuss concerns in person.
–The IRS may then move forward with examining the church’s books and records.
THE IRS SHOULD DEFINE THEM AS FRAUDS AND JUST TAKE THEIR MONEY AND ASSETS ...
GIVE ALL OF IT TO THE POOR, GIVE THEM A ROBE AND SANDALS
AND LET THEM WALK WITH JESUS...
THANK YOU JESUS!