More and more pastors are endorsing particular candidates from the pulpit, purposefully defying the IRS law for non-profit tax-exempt organizations. So far the IRS is ignoring the violations, but the pastors are goading the agency by sending it tapes of their sermons.
Is this a violation of Romans 13? Also, under Romans 13, shouldn’t churches just pay taxes, thus preserving their ability to preach whatever they want? Or can you make a case for this kind of civil disobedience? There is also, of course, the theological issue of what is supposed to be preached from the pulpit–namely, Christ and Him crucified for sinners, as opposed to worldly powers and principalities. Or can you give a theological reason for preaching about political candidates? [Read more...]