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I am not the only IRS employee who’s wondered why churches go to the government and seek permission to be exempted from a tax they didn’t owe to begin with, and to seek a tax deductible status that they’ve always had anyway
but they don’t seem to know or appreciate the implications of what it would mean to be free of government control."
Jesus did indeed say, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s;” but that’s only half the verse! Jesus went on to say, “and to God the things that are God’s.” The obvious question to be asked is at what time did Jesus place His church under the authority and jurisdiction of Caesar (the State)?
Originally posted by Nygdan
Jesus said that people should pay their taxes, period.
If that 'crazy' Jesus had had his way, the churches would be paying taxes.
Originally posted by queenannie38
'In God We Trust' is a hypocritical statement when it's stamped all over money minted by human government for the purpose of procuring sustenance and shelter. Matthew 6:30-34