Monday, September 24, 2012

Over 1000 Pastors Will Defy The IRS

On Sunday, October 7, over 1000 pastors will defy IRS regulations and preach on what the Bible says on moral and social issues and where the candidates stand on those issues.

They are challenging the 1954 "Johnson Amendment" which states that tax-exempt organizations cannot "participate in, or in opposition to ---any candidate for public office."

Lyndon B. Johnson was running for re-election to the senate at the time he got this amendment to the tax code passed.

While it was probably not directed specifically at churches per se, rather at 2 businessmen who were running against him who headed up non-profit organizations, it has had a devastating effect on the culture and the church.

And it is not Constitutional, in the opinion of many.


It is a piece of legislation that defies freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression and must be abolished.

The pastor and the church had been the guiding light to American culture from our Founding. Following Johnson's political shenanigan, prayer has been removed from the classroom, abortion legalized, expanded and celebrated, marriage redefined in some states and massive and crushing debt has been attached to the next generation of Americans.

Religious freedom has been eroded and publican education has become a cesspool of advocacy for deviant behavior and social experimentation. And mediocrity.

And the church has been, in great part, silent.

If your pastor has the courage to step forward and speak the truth in this way, be sure to give him your full and public support.

If not, perhaps you could make your pastor aware and suggest he consider it.

Pulpit Freedom Sunday is led by Alliance Defending Freedom.

As a pastor, I personally had several such Sunday's each year. I, along with other Northwest pastors, stood for what we believed was right. There was no organized effort of this nature until 5 or 6 years ago.

I would encourage the many pastors who read this blog to give careful and prayerful consideration to this responsibility.

Be Vigilant. Be Strong. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.


15 comments:

  1. John the Baptist spoke truth to power and the present pulpit should do the same. The "Free Exercise" of religion in the Constitution should be protection enough. In response, the church needs to vote in numbers greater than the population as a whole. It is our duty to be salt and light. Mike Carroll

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  2. “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the Church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”

    Charles G. Finney, Power From On High, Chapter 11 (c. 1871-1874)

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  3. Pastors and churches currently do have the right to participate in the political process all they want. Just not under taxpayer subsidy.

    All they have to do is step up and pay their taxes. It's pretty simple.

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    1. So according to your logic the 47 percent of the people in this country who are subsidized and pay no taxes should not have the right to voice their political views . Interesting concept , but sounds just a little unfair to me .

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    2. We can argue whether or not constitutional protections of free speech apply to organizations (I don't think they do or should), but I don't know of anyone who pays no taxes. Maybe there are some, but if you work, you pay payroll taxes. If you have a house you pay property taxes, regardless of your income. In most states, everyone pays sales tax. The list of taxes goes on and on, so your premise is flawed from the beginning.

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  4. It is time for pastors to stand and be heard. If they do not lead who will? The media.

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  5. "Defy The IRS"

    Defying them from what? You realize that the IRS didn't make the law, our elected representatives in Congress did. We just task our fellow citizens within the IRS to enforce it. This is like 'defying' the police by speeding.

    Once again, I thought you guys stood for the rule of law. Not anymore?

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    1. "Once again, I thought you guys stood for the rule of law. Not anymore?"

      Like saying you were surprised if Some Occupy Movement protesters were arrested for trespassing because they were suppose to stand up for "guys"really do not stand up for anything but trolling and playing gotcha . Left wing tripe.

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    2. 1:18

      Are you really that dense? Defying the police by speeding? LOL! Really? There is no paralell except maybe in your universe. This isn't yelling fire in a crowded theatre.

      If Congress or anyone else would deny me the right to speak my mind, I will most certainly defy them.

      Jesus clearly did the same. It cost him his life here on earth, it may cost me mine. It's a price I'm prepared to pay.

      A choice between following God's laws or man's, hmmmm. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

      Craig in Lacey

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    3. 9:33pm

      I've always supported civil disobedience. I merely pointed your your hypocrisy on the matter.

      1:18

      Think this through, now. The police didn't create the speeding laws. You do not defy the police when you speed, you defy the people who created the law. It's the same with this issue, you are not defying the IRS as Gary claims, you are defying the people who created the laws - our elected representatives.

      Congress has not denied any individual the right to 'speak their mind'. They've simply said that if churches become political machines, they lose their tax excempt status. They are free to do whatever they choose, just not on the public dole.

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  6. Anon 9:27

    The issue is NOT whether Pastors can speak their minds from the pulpits. Gary has falsely framed the issue (this is neither new new nor surprising). The issue is WHETHER THEY CAN RECEIVE TAX DEDUCTIBLE (HENCE, GOVERNMENT (taxpayer) SUBSIDIZED (SOCIALIZED) GIFTS FROM THEIR PARISHIONERS (yes, this is a government establishment of religion violating the constitution).

    In other words, this has NOTHING to do with Free Speech - this is simply ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!! We are told that the love of money is the root of many kinds of evil. This is a beautiful and horrific manifestation - we see here sin upon sin as Gary falsely frames the issue as a free speech issue - and leads you astray. Of course Pastors can say what they want from the pulpit and lead their church - they simply have to give up their 501c3 status. But these are men are not pastors, they are wolves who have sold themselves into deception and now are selling you into the lake of fire. Woe to these false merchants of deceit - better were it that their souls fell into the abyss of darkness than lead the children astray.

    Sincerely,
    In the Lord Jesus Christ

    Patrick

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  7. Wow - maybe you should look for another church.

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