The Charity, Freedom, and Diversity Party — Who are You Trying to Fool?

New political party in the Netherlands
By now you’ve heard about the political group in the Netherlands that calls itself the “Charity, Freedom, and Diversity Party.” What they stand for is pedophilia. What they are clamoring for is to lower the age of consensual sex from 16 to 12 immediately and eventually eliminate an age limit altogether. They are also asking the Dutch parliament to make it legal for television stations to broadcast hard core pornography during the day. Furthermore, they want to legalize public nudity and bestiality. In addition, they believe that everyone should get to ride the trains for free. Oh yes, and they oppose cruelty to animals.

According to a recent poll, 82% of the citizens of the Netherlands believe that their government should do something to stop the new party, while 67% agree that promoting pedophilia should be illegal. This suggests that most Hollanders are as shocked and outraged as the rest of us.

Grotesque misnomer
I see no need to become indignant and vitriolic about what is obviously a publicity stunt by an insignificant special-interest group. But when I heard about this incident, I was troubled by their choice of a name. Does pedophilia sound to you like charity and freedom? Is it really diversity?

Definitive examination
The original meaning of “charity” (from the Latin, caritas) was love or affection. The King James Version’s rendering of 1 Corinthians 13:13 comes to mind: “Now abideth faith, hope, and charity, but the greatest of these is charity.” More recently, the word has come to mean, according to Webster, “the provision of help or relief to the poor; something that is given to help the needy.”

Freedom is defined as “the condition of being free of restraints; liberty of the person from slavery, oppression, or incarceration.” Diversity’s definition is “the fact or quality of being diverse; difference; a point or respect in which things differ.”

Self-imposed victimization
By choosing these terms to denote their cause, the pedophiliacs seem to be focusing our attention on them as recipients of our charity, beneficiaries of freedom we allow them, and the objects of our tolerance of their divergence from our norms. Their name is a plea, as if they are crying, “Accept us for who we are and what we do, in the name of charity, freedom, diversity.”

Most political parties seek to focus on what they propose to do to benefit humanity (whether they ever do is another issue). Even the Communist Party uses its name to point to a principle they see as positive, the enforced sharing of capital and labor. But this party does not offer anything positive beyond their “chicken-in-every-pot” promise of free train tickets and happy, healthy animals.

Nothing on sex with minors?
The Bible has nothing specifically to say about pedophilia. It does address it indirectly when it limits the sexual relationship to marriage. Paul says, “Because of sexual immoralities (the Greek words here, tas porneias are plural), let each man have his own wife and each woman her own husband.” (1 Corinthians 7:2, see verses 1-5). Jesus quotes Genesis 2:24: “A man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh” (Mark 4:7-8; Matthew 19:5). These passages do not say, “…and be joined to a child….”

The state’s interest
In both the Netherlands, the United States, and other countries, governments have a clear interest in the welfare of children. Laws against pedophilia are designed to protect children from sexual deviants, and the prohibitions serve as a barrier (though not an insurmountable one) that urges pedophiliacs to restrain themselves from harming the children they prey upon. These laws at the very least communicate to the pedophiliac, we think you have a problem. If you will not restrain yourself, we will restrain you, both for your own sake, for this behavior is psychologically destructive, and for the present and future of our children.

Plausible lying
We live in a culture in which we are bombarded with hundreds of commercial messages every day. As Dorothy Sayers described the advertising industry in her 1933 mystery novel, Murder Must Advertise, advertising consists of constantly telling plausible lies. Should we be surprised that unpopular, even repugnant causes label themselves with titles that mislead us, quell our indignation, and justify what is wrong?

I can only ask, are the children involved receiving charity? Do they have freedom, freedom to be innocent, freedom from manipulation and abuse? Isn’t there a point when diversity morphs into perversity? Or is perversity itself about to be redefined out of existence?

All too common technique
The same kind of plausible lying takes place in other movements attempting societal re-engineering, including those promoting homosexual lifestyles, seeking the abolition of monogamy, defending abortion on demand, doctor-assisted suicide, euthanasia, etc. Plausible lying also frequently takes place in the halls of our governments. They go to war, impose tariffs, destroy ecosystems, defend torture and wrongful imprisonment, prop up shady businesses, and so on, trying to hide a multitude of sins beneath a blizzard of plausible lies. And yes, it occurs in churches as well, justifying bloated budgets, explaining away hasty pastoral departures, defending fizzled programs.

When we examine what a group stands for and stands against, we have to allow for the possibility that this kind of marketing is taking place. Rather that gulping down everything dished out to us, we should nibble tentatively, unsure how much we can believe. Knowing how often this happens, we should be quick to ask, “Who do you think you are fooling?”

True charity, freedom, diversity
Christians, at least, have a polestar by which they can assess everything: Jesus Christ and the inspired Word of God. But we also can be deceived by lies that sound plausible.

What God wants of us is deeper thinking and greater caring. Our heart must ache for the children involved with pedophiliacs. It must also ache for the perpetrators themselves. But compassion cannot condone pedophilia in the name of tolerance. It can’t condone something destructive to everyone involved; that would not be charity.

Christian compassion must run deep enough to envision freedom–a true freedom that escapes old habits and patterns of thinking, that seeks new approaches to control entrenched urges. Compassion, true compassion, must be deep enough and strong enough to say, diversity, as praiseworthy as it usually is when applied to ethnicity, race, class, needs limits for it to retain its value. Otherwise, ‘diversity,’ like ‘charity,’ and ‘freedom,’ becomes just one more plausible lie.

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Donating To Charity – Why It Is Important

Global and local charities play a very important role in improving communities and the world in general. Charitable organizations support and raise funds for given groups and as a donor, you have the freedom to choose which charity you wish to donate to. People are passionate about different things and hence they will feel happy donating to some charities and find others not that touching for them to donate. With so many charities, however, you definitely will find a few that you are willing and happy to make donations to.

Most of the charities are self-funded, but there are others that are funded by governments. Whereas a few years ago most charities would be organized by churches, today, even individuals can team up with merchants to collect the funds and donations to support causes. There are actually online platforms that also take part in such donations. Amazon Smile is among the platforms that play a role in charity donations. For every purchase you make on the site, a small amount is donated to a charity of your choice. But why donate to charity?

Donating to charity helps people in need. Not everyone has access to basic human needs and when you donate to charities, you end up extending a hand to such people improving their life in the process. Helping the less fortunate is actually the major goal for most charities and whether you choose to donate cash, goods or time; you will be helping out a needy person somewhere in a huge way.

Donating makes the world a better place. There are so many causes supported by charitable organizations. Whether you choose one that supports the less fortunate or those that are driven to protect the environment, you will be making the world a better place. Contribution to the society in whatever forms definitely make a difference and you will leave a legacy behind by being caring enough to make a change where it is needed most.

Donations support causes that you are passionate about. You, for instance, could be passionate about making it possible for every child to get a good education, yet you might not have the capacity to even fully sponsor one child. Through charities you will be able to team up with those you share the same passion to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children who cannot afford to go to school. You will have a feeling of worthiness, when you are at least able to support what you believe in even in the smallest way possible.

Donating helps you meet new people. This is especially the case when you choose to be part of volunteer programs that take the goods or monetary support to those in need. Charitable drives will open up opportunities for you to meet new people who are just as passionate about the cause as you are. When you mingle with like minded people, you can create lasting relationships and even come up with even better ideas to make a difference in the lives of others and the world as a whole.

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Definition of The Elements of the Gospel

The whole of the gospel of Jesus Christ can be comprehended in the 12 Elements of the Gospel and is very simple to understand. They are the spiritual foundation of your faith. (1 Corinthians 3:10-11)

A spiritual foundation is necessary to build faith in Jesus Christ. You need a basis of knowledge to be established in the faith and to assist you to serve God in the name of Jesus Christ. You need a basis of knowledge to build faith in the image of Jesus Christ and to express Him. The 12 Elements of the Gospel is that basis. They are the essentials of the faith. They are the principles of the doctrine of Christ (Hebrews 6:1)

God Wants to Put Your Mind in a New Frame of Thinking

Knowledge is to faith as pruning is to a tree. Like the pruning of a tree, your cycles of growth must begin. The things you nurtured in Satan’s kingdom have to be removed. God removes you from Satan’s kingdom and then removes Satan’s kingdom from you. Whether you know it or not, Satan’s knowledge had a profound influence over your perception of life. You began to weigh reality by his lies.

Know this…If you weigh reality by lies you will only find inequity and Satan will force you on a journey of self discovery. You do not want to be on the highway of that knowledge because you don’t know where it is taking you and in the end it will destroy you. But if you weigh reality on the scale of truth then God will unfold Jesus Christ to you.

Always remember…Satan confirms reality through the imagination, but God confirms reality through Jesus Christ. In order for God to do His work in you, He needs to put your mind in a new frame of thinking. He needs to give you new knowledge for faith.

Your New Frame of Mind – The 12 Elements of the Gospel

The whole of the gospel of Jesus Christ can be comprehended in the 12 Elements of the Gospel and is very simple to understand. You may be asking, “If the 12 Elements of the Gospel are so simple to understand and they are the spiritual foundation of my faith, why haven’t I heard of them before?”

The reason why you may not have heard about the Elements of the Gospel is that the church became brutish in knowledge, even as the Lord spoke through Jeremiah saying:

“Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.” (Jeremiah 51:17)

The word “brutish” describes a mindset that resembles that of an animal, stupid in nature and unintelligent. This mindset is the result of Satan defining the elements for the church. We can easily understand how “brutish” relates to “false knowledge”. It is the lack of knowledge that that leaves you ignorant of Christ. This is why God is shaking the foundation of the church today. He is challenging the knowledge the current Christian culture has been building with.

God’s Word is a two-edges sword. At the same time that God is rebuilding the correct foundation of truth in the heart, He is challenging and tearing down the false foundation. So there is going to be an undoing of things done wrongly as well as instruction for you to do things correctly.

How Do I Know If My Foundation is Built With False Knowledge?

The knowledge of the gospel is not merely made of words drawn from scripture, but it is the knowledge of the 12 Elements. These things represent Jesus Christ. Each element gives value and distinction to Christ so that your faith will mirror Him.

As a result, you are able to define the substance of Christ by each element and thus relate to your faith by showing the relationship between the power of Christ and the Element. The Elements describe our relationship with Jesus Christ.

However, when you are not instructed in this foundation of knowledge that means you took other knowledge to heart and began to build faith in that image. This other knowledge is false, it kept you ignorant of the things you needed to know about Jesus Christ and therefore when you heard about the Elements you are not sure of what to do and how to apply them.

Do you remember what the 12 Elements are?

1. GRACE

2. FAITH

3. RIGHTEOUSNESS

4. JUSTIFICATION

5. SANCTIFICATION

6. HOLINESS

7. PEACE

8. REST

9. CHARITY

10. TRUTH

11. REGENERATION

12. RENEWING OF THE MIND

It is exciting to see how God breaks open the Elements for our understanding. When we understand the meaning of each Element and how to apply them, we begin to see what atonement means. Our history changes, our thinking changes, our perspective changes. You stop practicing faith by your imagination. Your heart and mind were plundered by false knowledge and God is now restoring you to Christ.

How Does God Define the Elements?

What we have learned so far, is that the spiritual foundation is made of knowledge upon which you build your understanding of Jesus Christ. How sure are you of how God defines the Elements of the Gospel? If I say the word “Grace” to you, you may not be sure of what to do and how to apply that word to your faith, but at the same time, you may not think that is too important. Up to now, no importance was placed on the Elements of the Gospel and the true value and function of grace lay dormant as Satan took over the definition.

So it is understandable that at this point in time, the lack of knowledge might not seem like much of a hindrance to your faith as you may not have thought about the need to do anything with grace. It was a word that seems to have meaning to you because of the hymns that are sung about grace, but it was not a word you could associate with anything on a day-to-day basis. So maybe it is hard for you to put your finger on what I am explaining to you.

If I said the word “blanket”, you are most likely familiar with this very common word and know what to do and how to apply it. You use a blanket at night to cover yourself and protect yourself from the cold. You know where a blanket is most commonly used-on a bed. You know when a blanket is commonly used-at night. Your experience with a blanket has built your understanding.

The same is true for each of the 12 Elements of the Gospel. Each Element has a particular function and value in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, when Christians hear the word “Grace” they are not sure what it means and are not sure what to do. The knowledge they received about grace left them functioning in God’s kingdom as a brute beast. They have a faith without means.

God is shaking the foundations of false knowledge to assist Christians to understand that they are in a season of transition and their mind has to change. When God shakes foundations, some respond in anger, some in disbelief, other in doubt, or suspicion. Suddenly, due to the shaking, what is believed about God is not holding them anymore. It was not a solid foundation. Your faith was never in what it should be.

In the Bible, God uses the words “full” and “substance” in relation to Jesus Christ to bring to your understanding that faith is tangible. Faith is cognitive. When each Element is properly defined for you, you will soon realize that you have understanding because there is an action that is being called forth.”

The 12 Elements of the Gospel are the Language of the Spirit

When God brings you into covenant with Him, He starts with the basics. He teaches you to speak His language of faith by teaching you the 12 Elements of the Gospel. I want you to think of the 12 Elements of the Gospel as the ABC’s of the covenant. Just as you went to school to learn the ABC’s of your native tongue to be able to communicate the language, so too God wants to teach you the ABC’s of His covenant language to teach you how to communicate with Him.

By giving you these building blocks of knowledge God is

showing you the pattern of faith that is in Jesus Christ and
teaching you to speak the same language of love that He does.

Scholars try to get at the meaning of Jesus’ words by studying the Hebrew language the people spoke in Jesus’ time, hoping to learn how Jesus thought and thereby get the mind of Christ. For the same reason, scholars study the Greek language to try to get to the true meaning of the epistles written by the apostle, again hoping to again get the mind of Christ.

But it should be obvious by now, after the creation of 33,000 different faith models based on the findings of the Hebrew and Greek language studies, that the mind of Christ cannot be gotten by studying the language of men.

Did you know that Jesus spoke the language of His Father in heaven? This language of faith is a language all its own. (John 17:14)

The ABC’s of the covenant (the 12 Elements) help you to learn the language of your Father in heaven and cannot be understood by studying Hebrew or Greek.

God identifies the new language with the new birth by associating being “born again” with the “Word” of God. 1 Peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”

To be born again means to take on His virtue. The Word of God is the knowledge of the Spirit. We are born by a new form of knowledge. That is why it is called “Word”, which means new form of knowledge.

We are building with new knowledge. It is superior, excellent, and wholesome because it will bring about all the results of God’s kingdom. So we are being born again by this expression of charity, which is purifying us.

There is a form of communication that takes place by this tethering of knowledge and by this point of contact with the altar of Christ (where we labor with the knowledge). We are building with new knowledge and by this we have access to the Father who along brings about the results of His kingdom. The more you share the knowledge, the more you grow in it.

The 12 Elements of the Gospel are the Pure Language of the Spirit

God is bringing the church up to His level by giving them the pure language of His truth (12 Elements) and giving them the true goal of the Spirit and renewing to the church the true definition of each Element. Not the institutional definition, but rather the sanctified definition.

Remember: The word “sanctified” means separated from the world unto God; that which the Spirit makes living.

When God spoke to me in the mid 1970 about the 12 Elements of the Gospel and His will to restore them to the church as the foundation of faith, He made me to understand the binary and synergistic function, value, and meaning of each Element. Furthermore, God was making a distinction between the institutional definition of grace and the sanctified definition, between the institutional definition of truth and the sanctified definition of truth.

Defining The 12 Elements of the Gospel – Their Name and Function

In order for us to understand the elements of the gospel we need to give them each a name and a function, and we need to think about some simple definitions. When we talk about defining the Elements we are talking about assigning value to the knowledge of Christ.

We understand that in the natural world. Say, for example, we want to define water. We know a great deal about water and how it is essential to life, and define it according to its usefulness to us: water is useful (essential) for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing.

Water is a substance that was deliberately designed so as to sustain life. The human body is about 70% water. It is this knowledge of our need for water that leads us to acknowledge this substance to be the basis of life. Without it we would die. We also know the chemical description of water to be H2O. So we would define water by its essential function for life and by its properties so we can identify and talk about water in meaningful ways.

If we take that to the covenant and ask, how does grace function, how is grace essential to the soul, what are the properties of grace, we are seeking to define its usefulness to God and to us.

The first thing we do is define the element by its design. The design of each element is Jesus Christ. Here we can begin to understand what God’s intelligent design for Christ-centered spiritual transformation® (IDCCST®) is all about.

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Public Charity Vs Private Foundation – Understanding the Differences

Tonight’s title match: In the red corner, numbering 948,954, representing over half of all 501(c)(3) organizations, are public charities. And in the blue corner, numbering 108,594, having increased 54% since 1998, are the 501(c)(3)s known as private foundations. Both competitors bring a long and varied history into the ring. Though greatly outnumbered by public charities, private foundations bring a lot to the contest. Let’s take a closer look at the differences, and similarities, between these title contenders.

Many people have a layman’s understanding of the difference between public charities and private foundations: Public charities are understood to perform charitable work, while private foundations support the work of public charities. That grassroots definition is, in practice, mostly true. The specifics, however, are slightly more complicated.

Public charities. Public charities represent the largest share of active, 501(c)(3) organizations. Those starting a new organization usually prefer public charity status, not just because it better describes the organization’s purpose. Public charities also enjoy some advantages over private foundations: higher donor tax-deductible giving limits, the ability to attract support from other public charities and private foundations, as well as a $25,000 income threshold to trigger annual Form 990 filing (private foundations file Form 990-PF regardless of income). In fact, an applicant for 501(c)(3) status must prove why it should be considered a public charity, lest they be considered a private foundation by default.

Like the layman’s definition, public charities typically carry out some type of direct, charitable activity. Examples include churches, private schools, homeless shelters, etc…the list of possibilities is nearly endless. The true definition of a public charity, though, goes well beyond the programs and into the realm of structure and revenue source. As for structure, in order to qualify for (and keep) public charity status, a 501(c)(3) must be organized for exclusively 501(c)(3) purposes. The IRS requires certain language to be in a public charity’s articles of incorporation explicitly restricting its activities to such. In addition, a public charity must represent the public interest by having a diversified board of directors. More than 50% of the board must be unrelated by blood, marriage or outside business co-ownership and not be compensated as employees of the organization. We are often asked where that is in the “code” and, frankly, it isn’t there…at least not verbatim. It is an extrapolation of the IRS’s requirement that governance of a public charity be at arms-length and without private benefit (inurement) to insiders. As such, the IRS requires that a quorum of board members be possible who have no personal stake, either directly or potentially through relationship. Finally comes the income, or source of revenue, test. Public charities must be supported by the general public. For that to be true, a significant amount of revenue, at least 33%, must come from relatively small donors (those who give less than 2% of the organization’s income), from other public charities or the government. While that is significant, that leaves 67% to potentially come from other, less diverse sources.

Private foundations. While being considered a private foundation could simply be a fall-back position of not qualifying for public charity status via either the organizational or income test (or both), it is most often a choice that is made. There are reasons why someone would choose foundation status over public charity. Chief among those is control. In exchange for somewhat disadvantaged deductibility limits to donors, mandatory Form 990-PF filings, and minimum annual asset distributions (5% each year), private foundations can be controlled by related parties and be funded by a relatively small group…even one individual or family (think Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). This is often more than enough trade off for those starting a foundation. One thing that is not different for private foundations is the requirement that it be organized for exclusively charitable purposes.

There is even a third type of 501(c)(3), the private operating foundation. This is best thought of as a hybrid of the other two, most often a private foundation with direct program services like that operated by public charities. The rules are strict, as control can be like that of private foundations, but with some of the benefits of public charities. There are relatively few of these organizations around. You typically only see these under rather unique circumstances.

At the end of the contest, it is a tie. There really is no winner. It completely depends on each organization’s programs, plans and intentions. Ding, ding!

Greg McRay is an IRS-credentialed Enrolled Agent and is the CEO and co-founder of Foundation Group, Inc. The Foundation Group, based in Nashville, Tennessee, provides formation and compliance services to nonprofits, including nonprofit incorporation and 501(c)(3) applications, Form 990 preparation, payroll processing, as well as education and consultation.

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What Is a Charity?

You have probably heard of several huge global charities such as OXFAM International and UNICEF. It is possible that during your lifetime you have probably donated to these charities simply by throwing loose change in a box or can sitting on your local supermarket counter.

Did you know that according to CharityFacts.com there are over 500,000 charities in the United Kingdom and fewer than 200,000 of those are registered charities. If you apply that number on a global scale,you can probably estimate that there are at least 5 million charities worldwide and 2 million of those are registered ones. That number is mind boggling.

What is a charity?

Definition: A charity is a particular type of volunteer organization that takes a distinctive legal form and has a special tax status. It is given a registered charitable number and is exempt from certain taxes. It has a legal right to solicit donations to better serve the clients that it serves.

In my opinion, the definition is slightly outdated and applies only to registered charities. When you consider that the number of charities who are not registered is almost double – it seems somewhat inadequate.

How does this apply to a charity organization in a third world nation? Do you honestly think they are registered or even care about the politics involved in collecting donations?

A charity can be any group or individual who actively participates in voluntarily collecting donations to help support a cause.

An example of this – a high school dance club who raises money for a trip to a championship because many individuals on the team are unable to afford to attend. Are they not in fact preforming the duties of a charity?

A charity offers a “helping hand” service to a client.
A charity raises funds to better serve its clients.
A charity promotes awareness of the causes of its service.

If you consider those elements, then it would be considered a charity.

The only real difference between a registered and non-register charity is the fact that people who donate to a registered charity can receive a receipt for income tax deductions. This helps the charity because people are more likely to offer a donation when they can receive something in return.

Donations do not always warrant a receipt. If you have change in your car and place it in a change box at a drive through window, then you will most likely not expect to receive a receipt. It has not deterred you from donating and it probably is a registered charity.

There is simply to much grey area when it comes to charities, perhaps we simply need to create more exact definitions? However you wish to define it, charities help to improve the quality of lives for many individuals.

In the end, that is what truly matters about what is a charity.

Dave Ouellette is an experienced online marketing professional specializing in Internet Marketing and Social Media Marketing. He is the founder of Fundit Software, a new Canadian software company that is developing cutting edge software that will create a platform/conduit for Charities and Non-Profits from which to carry out scheduled, continuous fund raising.

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