Pastors pledge to defy IRS, preach politics from pulpit ahead of election
More than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge the IRS next month by deliberately preaching politics ahead of the presidential election despite a federal ban on endorsements from the pulpit.
The defiant move, they hope, will prompt the IRS to enforce a 1954 tax code amendment that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from making political endorsements. Alliance Defending Freedom, which is holding the October summit, said it wants the IRS to press the matter so it can be decided in court. The group believes the law violates the First Amendment by “muzzling” preachers.
“The purpose is to make sure that the pastor -- and not the IRS -- decides what is said from the pulpit,” Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the group, told FoxNews.com. “It is a head-on constitutional challenge.”I suppose that specific recommendation will be to vote for Romney. None of these guys will be warning about the new world order. More 501c3 churches doing their battling with the IRS and entering into the deceits of politics. Sadly many in the churches will be listening to their deceived culture wars pastors telling them to go vote for Romney. Evangelical ministers all lining up to tell their congregations to vote for the Mormon candidate. I have heard sermons like this myself except in those cases it was to vote for Bush. When I was in my one IFB, the pastor there was more indirect about things, but basically told us to go vote for Bush and re-elect him in 2004, I ended up writing a complaint letter and telling him the facts about Bush even giving him an article where Bush praised false religions. He would respond politely but sadly, the religious right have so many in their sway. With the taxes and such, this may sound odd, but I question even these churches tax exempt status and of course we know where the 501c3 leads which is into more bondage.
Stanley said pastors attending the Oct. 7 “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” will “preach sermons that will talk about the candidates running for office” and then “make a specific recommendation.” The sermons will be recorded and sent to the IRS.
|Matt: 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.|
see: False Culture Wars and the Manhattan Declaration