Churches=Public Charity?

by Timothy

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?

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Found Some things
by: Timothy

Actually I talked with an IRS agent who is a 501c3 Specialist, and found out some things. I found that the paragraph I was asking about, doesn't mean it was 1 501c3 Church. It is required by Law to include this. I found out that a Church(which was NOT 501c3) can run a Non-profit corporation(which not all are tax exempt) and if it is under the umbrella of the Church(which is Automatically Tax Exempt) it(the Non-profit) is Tax exempt also. meaning it doesn't have to sign 501c3 either. Many groups who splintered from this church signed 501c3. I found that the State of California said that All "Churches"(501c3 and non-501c3) were Charitable Trusts. By making the Churches "Charitable Trust" they were making them "Private Foundations" which would make them 501c3. The Leader of the Church stated that the Worldwide Church of God was the first Domino of Dominoes this was tried on. Ever since then they duped the people who split and those who took control of the Worldwide Church of God after the Leader(Herbert W Armstrong)who fought this, into signing the dotted line for 501c3. If you look back at the year 1979 of the Church(Worldwide Church of God)The Government couldn't take it over, because it wasn't 501c3. If it was, They couldn't say that it was "Unconstitutional" about the Takeover. They would of lost and the Worldwide Church of God would be a Government run Church(as it is today, because Joseph Tkach Sr. turned it over to 501c3 in 1987)
I also studied that the Church is the Spiritual Body of Christ, not a corporation! But Churches(Corporations) today say that the corporations is the Church, and you cannot leave it. They are therefore blind, and they are NOT the Spiritual Body of Christ, the Church. Thank you for your comment.

Churches as foundations
by: Admin

It seems from your post that you need a lawyer to sort out the paper work regarding your church's legal status, we do not address those questions.

As for you last sentence, true churches are tax immune and, according to IRS publications, none need apply for IRS 'recognition'.

It seems from your questions that you are on the wrong website and should be discussing your issue at

They should be able to clarify your confusion about the legal status of the 'church'.

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