Fed’s have engaged The Empowerment Center – Here is our official reply

On Wednesday February 17, 2016 I have been formally requested by Kristin B. Emminger, a Special Agent of the IRS’s ‘Special Enforcement Program’ to hand over all records, books of account, journals, ledgers, contracts, purchase and expense invoices, paid bills, receipts, bartering records, bank statements, cancelled checks, checking accounts, savings accounts and more from our Church, The Empowerment Center and from our Corporation Sole, The Empowerment Center Overseer and Successors a Corporation Sole. The Lord has commanded me NOT to comply with this order. There comes a time in our nations history when even a lone Church must stand up to the darkness and injustice of this land. The Holy Spirit speaks truth that this focus of attention to The Empowerment Center and the Corporation Sole is due to the outspoken nature of our Church in an attempt to silence and destroy the work being done here by our ministry. Photo evidence will be provided below showing their specific interest in our Church and the Corporation Sole. Make no mistake, this attack is not just against us, but every Church we represent here in America. This is not a little thing. I cannot speak for anyone else or any other Church, but in this engagement, I will stand strong and courageous, I will serve the Lord and obey his commands. I have inquired of the Lord and this is our official letter of response being sent today to the Federal Government by the prompting of The Holy Spirit:

Date: February 19, 2016

Kristin B. Emminger, C.P.A.
Internal Revenue Agent Special Enforcement Program
1220 SW Third, G044

Portland, Oregon 97204-2825

Dear Ms. Emminger,

The term, “Separation of Church and State” is a phrase originally used by Thomas Jefferson and others expressing an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This is to mean that the Church cannot create nor enforce internal Church doctrinal laws that directly affect the sovereignty and functionality of the established Three Branches of Government nor can the Government create laws that directly affect the sovereignty and functionality of the private affairs of the Church.

Yet, your request to see all business records, books of account, journals, ledgers, contracts, purchase and expense invoices, paid bills, receipts, bartering records, bank statements, cancelled checks, checking accounts, savings accounts and more from our Church, The Empowerment Center and from the office of the Overseer position (a legally recognized Corporation Sole) is in direct constitutional violation of this understanding of the Establishment Clause.

You believe that our Church receives income from setting up and registering Corporation Soles when in fact our Churches office of the Corporation Sole (which The Empowerment Center Overseer and Successor, a Corporation Sole – which is the sole registered agent for all Oregon based Corporation Soles registered by our Church and not by me, Joshua Greenwood) receives no income but rather freely registers Corporation Soles on behalf of legitimate bona fide Churches. Those bona fide Churches that are approved through our Church application process here: www.ChurchFreedom.org/apply and have digitally signed and accepted our Terms of Use agreement here: www.ChurchFreedom.org/terms-of-use are only those accepted for the Office of The Empowerment Center Overseer to represent as a registered agent in the State or Oregon and Montana. Whatever provision freely given to us by those Churches we freely help is not considered income but rather a religious item donation in the form of Tithes and offerings. Unless the Church has been granted the equal jurisdictional authority to request for audit all business records, books of account, journals, ledgers, contracts, purchase and expense invoices, paid bills, receipts, bartering records, bank statements, cancelled checks, checking accounts, savings accounts and more from The Department of the Treasury, The Legislative Branch, The Judicial Branch or the Executive Branch of our Government, then our Church views your request to see all related materials requested as an egregious violation of Constitutional rule of law and a violation of the separation of Church and State – with the State having significantly encroached on the sovereignty of the Church and it’s religious office of the Corporation Sole. In this request given by you through the Department of the Treasury, our Church WILL NOT COMPLY. As acting Sr. Pastor of The Empowerment Center Church, it’s subsequent Corporation Sole, The Empowerment Center Overseer and Successors, a Corporation Sole and with the full agreement of the congregant body of believers and members of the Church, we are denying the Governments request to provide any and all information you have requested.

Furthermore, it has also been brought to public attention that the IRS has recently vowed to audit any and all outspoken Churches (see proof: http://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2014/09/02/atheist-lawsuit-results-in-irs-promise-to-audit-churches). Our Church views your audit request primarily concerning related matters to the establishment of bona fide Churches and their subsequent Corporation Soles as a direct attack on the outspoken nature of our Church and its influence on matters related to public interest. In fact, one of the very first laws to be passed by newly appointed Oregon Governor Kate Brown was directing Senator Betsy Johnson to introduce SB77 calling for the repeal of the Oregon Corporation Sole statute. This was directly related to the ministry work of our Church. In fact, when I travelled to the Oregon State capitol in Salem to meet with Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett to address the blatant lies of the Director of the Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division Peter Threlkel when he spoke during senate testimony, Mr. Threlkel lied and said,

“Of the 270 active Corporation Soles registered with the Secretary of State Corporation Division 175 (65%) have been filed in the last two years by tax scheme promoters as tax avoidance packages costing victims hundreds or thousands of dollars. Promoters frequently claim that people who form and transfer all their assets into a Corporation Sole are exempt from all taxes. In some cases, promoters market frivolous claims that the Corporation Sole exempts the person from federal State and local laws as well.” 

I went to Senator Whitsett to convey to him that this statement was a lie, as our Church is the primary party responsible for these newly registered Oregon Corporation Soles and that we are NOT tax scheme promoters nor selling ‘tax avoidance packages’ that cost ‘victims’ hundreds or thousands of dollars nor do we claim or suggest to any individuals that a Corporation Sole is to be used for transferring assets for the purpose of avoiding lawful taxes owed to Federal, State and Local authorities. Senator Whitsett, while a fellow pastor was present with me, laughed at the suggestion of Director Threlkel lying to the Senate and joked about how someone lying under oath in an Oregon Senate committee meeting was commonplace! Therefor, with the appointment of the nations first openly bi-sexual pro-LGBT governor that makes her first political business to repeal the very work of our Church (as the Corporation Sole law was swiftly repealed on June 8th, 2015) and now an egregious request by the Federal Government, through your office of the IRS’s special enforcement program (which is primarily used to gather evidence in the pursuit of a criminal indictment) to audit the private and confidential workings of The Empowerment Center Church, we view this as an attack against the Christian Church, the expression of our religious freedom, our religious rights to privacy and an attack on the very principles of the separation of Church and State.

The Lord rebukes this violation of protocol and continued acts of injustice brought on at the behalf of the Government and IRS harassing both ministers and Churches throughout America. He reveals truth when he shows me that it is your intentions to pursue false charges against both the Church and me in an attempt to destroy the works he has established here. He reveals truth that those that follow you will even try to convince those closest to me that I am somebody that I am not in an attempt to destroy my character and integrity. Nothing, absolutely NOTHING has been hidden from him seeing into the motivation and heart of this! I walk by faith and I have asked him regarding this situation and he has told me that he is with me and has commanded the Church to not comply with your requests. As I live 100% on faith from whatever provision the Church provides and have done so for years, the request you have submitted on behalf of the Federal Government is denied based on the counsel of the Lord.



Joshua Kenny-Greenwood
Acting under the Authority as Sr. Pastor of The Empowerment Center Church and ChurchFreedom.org and TestimonyToday.org and not under the authority as The Empowerment Center Church Overseer.


Here is photographic evidence that the intention of their hearts are laid bare for their interest in the Corporation Sole and The Empowerment Center:

Evidence Picture #1:

IRS photo1

and Evidence Picture #2:

IRS photo2



What does this mean for your Church? If you have not made the transition to Montana or if you have been using a different registered agent outside of us, you will want to immediately come underneath the covering of protection our Church is providing you. the instructions are made very clear here on ChurchFreedom.org how to do this. Because of the contention this letter and following actions taken will produce, there is an extreme likelihood no registered agent in America will want to represent a Corporation Sole based Church. However, we will continue to act in boldness in representing those remnant Churches here in America that still have faith. The Lord is with me and I fear him more than any Government of man. This pursuit to is meaningless and will not prevent the prophetic promise of calamity from coming to this nation.


Joshua Kenny-Greenwood

As Sr. Pastor, The Empowerment Center Church


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