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Monday, February 21, 2011

Not by law

A critic on the article by Edwin Trefzger III
"Completed by the Spirit: New Covenant Sanctification in Paul"
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By: Jose Francis Martinez

courtesy: http://www.churchatnorthpole.com The position this article takes is clearly anti-law, but it claims not to endorse wicked living among Christians (licentiousness).

Mr. Trefzger, the writer explicitly opposed the classic Reformed view of the third use of the Law, as a standard and guide to right living. He does even not want to call the imperatives and exhortations in Paul’s letters as law or as of a category of law. He writes, “while Paul gives us imperatives, commands and exhortations, they are not themselves laws and are not given as laws or in the category of law” (pgs 4 & 5).

Moreover, this writer does not also believe in the second use of the Law when it comes to believers (the Law as a mirror). It appears that he only believes in the second use of the Law when it comes to unbelievers but not believers. This is clear from the fact that he ridicules Joel Beeke’s comments about the convicting use of the law in the sanctification of believers (which the article mistakenly refers as the third use of the law). For the writer, the Law cannot even serve as a mirror to convict believers of wrongdoing and prevent the resurgence of self-righteousness. (See pgs 11-12).

So the issue here is not just the perpetuity of the 10 commandments but it is an aversion against law, any law. This is full blown antinomianism.

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► posted by: SGBC Cebu @ 9:01 AM | 6 Share

Friday, February 04, 2011

Church Tax

Non stock, non profit: non-tax?
by: Kristine S. Casa-Siervo
[Punongbayan & Araullo]

More often than not, trustees and officers of non-stock non-profit (NSNP) institutions are appalled when they receive a letter from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) assessing them of deficiency taxes. Unfortunately, these trustees and officers are under the impression that as NSNP organizations, they are immune from all duties and taxes.

But are non-stock non-profit organizations really exempt from the payment of all taxes?

A non-stock non profit organization is a type of corporation which may be formed or organized for charitable, religious, educational, professional, cultural, fraternal, literary, scientific, social, civic services, or other similar purposes such as trade, industry, agricultural and like chambers. No part of its income is distributable to its members, trustees or officers and any profits earned by such corporation as an incident to its operations shall be used for the furtherance of the purposes for which it was organized.

Under our Constitution, charitable institutions, churches and parsonages or convents appurtenant thereto, mosques, non-profit cemeteries, and all lands, buildings, and improvements, actually, directly and exclusively used for religious, charitable, or educational purposes shall be exempt from taxation. A similar grant of tax exemption is provided specifically for NSNP educational institutions stating that all income and assets of these educational organizations used actually, directly and exclusively for educational purposes shall be exempt from taxes and duties. (Section 4(3), Article XIV of the Constitution)

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