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Should Christians Be Taxed

Should Christians be Taxed to support abortian clinics, subsidize tobacco or to promote evolutionary teaching in public schools?

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I once said that churches should be taxed. But, the truth is that the power to tax is the power to control. If the church and state are to truly be separate, as some loudly proclaim, then the government must not impose tax codes on churches. I would reference the current ACLU and People United for Separation of Church and State, who argue that the churches may not speak on any public issue without forfeiting the tax exempt status. This would bring the state into the churches very message to humanity.
---ed_the_other_one on 9/21/07


This is about civil authorities


Rom 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

Rom 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

Rom 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour.

---Andrea on 9/20/07


I agree with Denna7667: Romans chap 13 is our guide. God said it, I believe it and that settles it. For me.
---Robyn on 9/20/07


Yeah. Like it or not we still live in this world. Even though Christians are children of God, we shouldn't have anymore rights than the other person. We are no better. If someone thinks so, get off of your high horse.
---Rebecca_D on 9/20/07


I don't always agree with how my tax money is spent but...
Romans 13:1-2 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God, and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.
---denna7667 on 9/17/07




After reading this,

I think the church should pay taxes on the property they own too. Towns should not be made to accomodate churches on land that would otherwise be a tax revenue.
If religious organizations get a tax break they should have to show their books in public since its the public giving the break.
We should be an asset to a community not a liability.
---Andrea on 9/10/07
I must report the author of the big mega churches, television evangelist, and other money grabbers.
---Mima on 9/12/07


I think that we miss an important point. "Render unto Caesar" does not mean everything that Caesar WANTS! There is substantial evidence that the Internal Revenue Code does not apply to most Americans and that we are paying income taxes because we have been lied to. There is no spiritual benefit to following "law" in ignorance. The "authority" in this issue is our Constitution. What does it say?
---Dave on 9/11/07


The way that we can have a say in how a government uses our money is in how we vote in elections. Some will be happy with the result and some not. Every citizen should be treated the same. We have to follow Jesus' statement "render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's" and then leave God deal with these people who handle our money.
---RitaH on 9/11/07


I certainly don't agree with everything the govt. does with my money but I am bound by the law to pay taxes. People without kids pay school taxes too. People who live in the city and don't own a car pay taxes that repair and build roads. I wouldn't doubt that everyone pays some tax that doesn't serve them personally.
---john on 9/11/07


Jesus said in Luke 20:25 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.

It also says Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. We must submit to the authority above us but theyll be held accountable.
---denna7667 on 9/10/07




Well even though we are christians we are still American citizens(until we go to our permanent home, HEAVEN) and we have to obey the laws which means yes, we have to pay taxes. I know that a lot of our taxes support a lot of ungodly organizations, as well as the "corrupt" Congress that is supposed to be representing the people of America. I do not believe that because you are a christian, the IRS will say "ok you are exempt from paying taxes". It is God's will for us to pay our taxes.
---cynthia on 9/10/07


How do you intend to defy the IRS?

This should be interesting.
---Jack on 9/10/07


Render unto Caesar.

I think the church should pay taxes on the property they own too. Towns should not be made to accomodate churches on land that would otherwise be a tax revenue.

If religious organizations get a tax break they should have to show their books in public since its the public giving the break.

We should be an asset to a community not a liability.
---Andrea on 9/10/07


Christians are not exempt from taxation just because they may not agree with specific items in a public budget. You take the good with the bad for the betterment of the public at large.
---notlaw99 on 9/10/07


Yes, Christians should be taxed just like every other person in the country it taxed. There are many things the government does that I do not support, like the war in Iraq, but I still pay my taxes without arguing.
---Trish9863 on 9/10/07


Well when you put it that way I would say no. However Christ do say render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars and things that are God's to God.
---Dawn5953 on 9/10/07


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