When was Churches put under and recognized as public Charities?
I know that a Church under 501c3 cannot be a private foundation. But they are Public Charities.
There was a Church that was established in 1947, and it changed it's name in 1968. In the Articles of Incorporation of 1968 had the following paragraph added to it, "Upon the winding up or dissolution of this corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation or corporation, which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and/or scientific purposes and which has established IRS tax exempt status under Section 501/c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If this corporation holds any assets in trust, such assets shall be disposed of in such a manner as may be directed by decree of the Superior Court of the county in which this corporation's principal office is located, upon petition therefore by the Attorney General or any other person concerned in the liquidation."
Does this mean it was a 501c3 organization?
In 1979 The State of California tried a coup de ta on this church, but didn't succeed. During this time, the leader of the church stated the "Church wasn't a public charity". But under the Internal revenue codes a "Church" can't be a "private foundation".
Could a Church that was recognized as a church in 1947 be a church that was tax exempt and Not be a 501c3 organized church?