posted on Feb, 15 2015 @ 07:06 AM
It's faint, but I think he's assuming angrily that since "anyone" can join a church, somehow "anyone" can now live on tax-free property.
I hate to say it so cliche-like, but if this man just went to a church a few times, I think he'd see a much clearer picture of the situation, &
hopefully in the more local sense. It's also strange some posters here seem to convey an attitude about church bodies being somehow lazy, & not
"having to work for it". Even though the whole tax thing is technically a moot point now, surely every1 can see the ridiculousness of such a belief?
The exemption has nothing to do with religion state-side (at least not in any official capacity with procedural regulation/etc (although i do suspect
it's all a govt ruse to take away that churches power in any way. Since taxing them is not possible for them.)) Anyway...
If we momentarily ignore these moot points for the sake of argument, which seems to be the fad, it's can probably be said the only truly non-taxable
entity of the entire scope of operation between government church is solely available to the building on the land itself. It seems almost everything
else still gets taxed somehow, albeit with many additional tax breaks. Pastors still pay social security and medicaid taxes out of their entire
salary. Whether that gets reimbursed or what-not I'm not so sure.
Just go visit a church and you'll see all this for yourself. Take in the culture too. Regardless of what truths you hold dear, you'll see for sure
that Christ looks out for these people in spirit. The Bible even says that people who labor in preaching and teaching should be worthy of double-honor
(double compensation) and in the same context it says the laborer is worthy of his wages, and also “you shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out
the grain”. (one who works for something should be able to benefit from it).
It is true that Paul says in 1 Corinthians he presents the Gospel free of charge, but at the same time is speaking a descriptive truth rather than a
prescriptive one, and that it is the full right of the pastor, biblically speaking, to get compensated well for what he is doing.
Bottom line, most Pastors are underpaid, sometimes partially or indeed directly out from the offerings collection, if even they get paid at all.
Letting the church building be tax-free IS NO CRIME ON ANYONE, & not an injustice to anyone. Another point for churches are the costs they dish out
for things like Funerals & even Weddings partially out of generosity.
I only really wanted to say one thing after coming back to this thread. Anyway, in my defense this topic is surprisingly interesting now that learning
BTW! this deadeyedick dude is just on fire since I left!
deadeyedick was majestically on point with a lot. I hope to hear more about this Caeser thing you mentioned a few times. Can you
expound on what you meant in your post when u brought it up?
It's utterly ridiculous to think the govt, is somehow favoring them with unfair advantages. lol ..Some of you need to realize that this non-profit
"tax-free" status "obtainment system", was most likely not even created with a single reservation designed for aiding churches. Although it'd be
nice if they did for offering spiritual guidance. The fact is they simply fall right into the categories of exemption. For the honest charity work
they do, as well as other -you guessed it- non profit work! But it's not the same as how if the US gives foreign aid to another country. The
GOVERNMENT takes your tax money (illegally most likely (we all know)). The GOVERNMENT does not do research into where every dollar came from, so to
make sure atheists don't accidentally pay a church offering for Jesus. God forbid they get 1 sin forgiven without their consent. lol Describing this
as somehow unfair is lunacy. Most all churches in any town are; primary a place of worship yes, but it's secondary function is more often than not,
constant CHARITY work. Hence the "exemption status".
The state pretends like it's giving the church something. It has nothing to do with religious beliefs. But since we're on the topic of what's fair,
we should be giving churches a LOT more than ONLY tax breaks.