Is It Time for Churches to Abandon Tax-Exempt Status to Protect Religious Freedom?

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Is It Time for Churches to Abandon Tax-Exempt Status to Protect Religious Freedom?

Mike Huckabee has gained prominence as both a faith leader and a politician. And on Monday, he straddled these two worlds as he spoke at a pastors’ conference in Houston, Texas. His comments, which were delivered before the start of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, invoked themes of religious freedom and churches’ interaction with the federal government. Of particular note, Huckabee said that it may be time for faith leaders to separate fro... in order to maintain their freedoms.

The former Arkansas governor and pastor decried the most recent revelation that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted conservative groups and he offered up some contentious cautions for people of faith.

“The recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting people of faith — people who are conservative, people who are pro-Israel — and have been picking out the parts of belief and speech and faith that government seems to approve and that which it doesn’t approve has brought up a very important reality that I think, sooner or later, as believers, we need to confront,” he said, according to quotes published by the Associated Baptist Press.

Mike Huckabee to Pastors: Quit Worrying So Much About the Tax Code and Focus on God

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (Photo Credit: AP)

Admitting that the audience might not agree with or appreciate his subsequent comments, Huckabee encouraged Christian leaders to at least hear him out and to prayerfully consider his words.

“I think we need to recognize that it may be time to quit worrying so much about the tax code and start thinking more about the truth of the living God, and if it means that we give up tax-exempt status and tax deductions for charitable contributions, I choose freedom more than I choose a deduction that the government gives me permission to say what God wants me to say,” he continued.

 

Huckabee seemed to be telling the crowd that it may be time for churches to simply leave behind the coveted 501(c)(3) status to give themselves more freedom (IRS rules restrict political endorsements and other partisan speech from the pulpit). In the former presidential candidate’s view, freedom is more important than “financial benefit.”

“I must be very honest and tell you; I have never given a dime to God that I gave solely because it was a tax decision,” Huckabee continued. “And if you’ve got people in your church who are giving because it’s a tax decision, then they ought to keep their money. They need it more than God does.”

The conservative also said that the GOP should tread carefully and that Christians should remain true to the Bible, even if societal trends run against its teachings.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/11/prominent-faith-leader-t...

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Comment by Robin on June 12, 2013 at 6:49pm

I think Mike Huckabee is right on the money! It is time to stop worrying about Taxes and start worrying about Religious Freedom!

Comment by Jerseygal on June 12, 2013 at 7:57pm

Huck said what I have felt for years!  He said it with much more eloquence than I could ever muster!

Comment by Kurtis Dwight Davis on June 16, 2013 at 5:45pm

The IRS is supposed to monitor some type compliance, right?  So consider this:  is it possible that each mosque (U.S.) receives huge cash transfer from foreign source, so as to offer paid membership?  If that is in fact happening, the "religion" stops, because the mosque is a political extension of whoever is sending the cash.  But if the IRS is targeting conservative Americans, and ignoring illegal Islamic practice, what do we do then? 

Comment by Watchman on June 16, 2013 at 8:37pm

I believe there may come a time when we will have to resort to house churches like they do in China. It could get that bad.

Comment by JeansBrother on July 1, 2013 at 9:34pm

Is It Time for Churches to Abandon Tax-Exempt Status to Protect Religious Freedom?  YES.

Comment by Kurtis Dwight Davis on July 1, 2013 at 10:35pm

It seems to me that if the IRS is ignoring the first amendment, America should give up the IRS.

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