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Being tax exempt comes together with huge disadvantages. When a church accepts the 501(c)(3) status, that church waives its constitutionally guaranteed rights: freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to influence legislators and the legislation they craft. It is no longer free to speak to the vital issues of the day. It becomes controlled by a spirit of fear that if it doesn’t toe the line with the IRS it will lose its tax-exempt status.