On February 27, 2017 I received an anonymous email which said,
"Freedom of religion was the primary motivation for the great migration from Europe to the New World, America. This history is well understood and explained in all public education systems. Therefore, freedom of religion holds a very venerable and respected place in the heart of America....Natural Law needs a church."
The message suggested that the founding document be the Court of Ages "Law of the Land" Handbook. The premise of the church is the Maxims of Love:
- All living systems are free.
- All living systems are protected.
- All living systems unable or unwilling to live and act in accordance with the maxims of love correct their behavior or accept the consequences.
- Where the maxims of love are violated pardon is offered upon correction.
I shopped the idea around and received overwhelming affirmative response.
—and so it is.
daughter of earth
NOTE: We define "religion" as: Commitment or devotion to a cause or principle.
Natural Law Church is not registered nor will EVER be registered with the IRS; however, it might be helpful to know how the IRS defines "churches":
The term church is found, but not specifically defined, in the Internal Revenue Code. With the exception of the special rules for church audits, the use of the term church also includes conventions and associations of churches as well as integrated auxiliaries of a church.
Certain characteristics are generally attributed to churches. These attributes of a church have been developed by the IRS and by court decisions. They include:
Distinct legal existence
Recognized creed and form of worship
Definite and distinct ecclesiastical government
Formal code of doctrine and discipline
Distinct religious history
Membership not associated with any other church or denomination
Organization of ordained ministers
Ordained ministers selected after completing prescribed courses of study
Literature of its own
Established places of worship
Regular religious services
Sunday schools for the religious instruction of the young
Schools for the preparation of its members
The IRS generally uses a combination of these characteristics, together with other facts and circumstances, to determine whether an organization is considered a church for federal tax purposes.
Source: Publication 1828, Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations.