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They preach the “Prosperity Doctrine” - that God can make you healthy and wealthy - and they live what they preach.
Every year America’s best known TV evangelists bring in hundreds of millions of dollars from donors all over the world. But as BBC’s Jonathan Beale reports, some of the evangelists’ own lifestyles have begun to ring alarm bells and have prompted a Senate investigation into their activities.
Four of the ministers have since complied with the probe, but Rev. Kenneth Copeland, whose congregation recently bought him a $20 million private jet to preach the gospel, is holding out against the inquiry, which he claims is “aimed at publicly questioning the religious beliefs of the targeted churches.”
“It’s not yours, it’s God’s, and you’re not going to get it,” Copeland says of his financial records. He has launched a website to publicize his crusade and has received support from several leading conservatives, including Paul Weyrich and Kenneth Blackwell.
Based upon court rulings on how tax exemptions for charitable groups work, we cannot be conclude that churches and religious organizations automatically deserve exemptions. Even if one believes that their religion and their church provide a necessary public service, it does not follow that all religions and churches necessarily provide a public service which merits support through tax exemptions.
America’s tax laws are designed to favor non-profit and charitable institutions which presumably benefit the community. Churches benefit the most from tax exemptions because they qualify for many of them automatically, whereas non-religious groups have to go through a more complicated application and approval process. Why?
Originally posted by Britguy
Mmmm.... being men of the cloth, I wonder if any of them have considered the line “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” (in the context of taxes to the Romans).
In other words, their Messiah said they should pay their taxes - no matter that they disagreed with them.
Originally posted by jhill76
You are right DD. It's funny how these people get questioned but the big oil execs rake in billions in profits, yet, they keep chugging along.