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Can Christians Cheat On Taxes

I have a friend who proclaims Jesus is Lord of His life, He goes to church, and yet he has dodged paying taxes, to the extent he lied and told the woman he didn't start his business yet, but he did since April 2004. How does one get through to him that he's cheating or stealing?

Moderator - He is probably a Christian in words only.

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Moderator, yeah but he believes with his whole heart and soul he's walking very closely to the Lord. I guess one or two sins of disobedience doesn't matter, right?

Moderator - If I was that far off, I would want a brother in Christ to reprove me in love for the fear of my soul. Yes, one sin of disobedience is called backsliding.
---Donna9759 on 3/24/08

donna, my initial statement was not aimed at you or your question it was aimed at one or 2 of the answers :) Madison has just advised wisely.
---anon on 6/13/06

Donna: I was not condoning his behavior. I was pointing out that many Christians still have a lot of work to be done by the Holy Spirit. Whether their behavior is legal or illegal is irrelevant to judging their relationship with salvation. If you are concerned, discuss it with him in love. If you want to report it, call the IRS and report it. There are plenty of believing Christians who commit crimes and are dishonest. They are not done being worked on by God.
---Madison1101 on 6/12/06

anon, why do most folks on this site take statements as judging others? I was asking how I could get through to him that he's not even obeying the laws of the land which require us to pay taxes and not obeying God's word to render to Caesar what is Caesar's? I want to continue in a friendship with him, but with him committing a crime, it's really hard, so I was asking for advice, I was NOT judging him. Why automatically assume we are judging him when we are simply asking how to handle a situation?
---Donnw9759 on 6/12/06

donna: i personaly was not implying or condoning this man not paying his taxes. All i was saying that we have no right to make assumptions whether he is a christian or not. I am a christian and i smoke, sometimes feel jealous, am sometimes selfish and struggle with many other things. Most probably think i am not even yet aware of. Therefore who am i to judge others is all.
---anon on 6/12/06

Jack, I have read alot of your responses and all you really know what to do on these blogs is insinuate, and accuse without asking further questions. Good thing you aren't a lawyer. At least I hope not. lol
---Anonymous on 6/12/06

Jack, anon and Madison. Paying taxes is a LAW of the land. If we don't obey the LAWS of the LAND, isn't that a criminal offense? I think not paying taxes is a felony. EVEN unbelievers pay taxes!!!!!!! Please remember that. In addition to what Jesus said, "Render to Caesar what is Caesar's." Even the unbelievers in this land pay taxes. Point being: Christians should OBEY THE LAWS OF THE LAND.
---Donna9759 on 6/12/06

Pray for him that the Holy Spirit will convict him of his sin.
---Helen_5378 on 6/11/06

I wonder how long it took some of you to get rid of certain sins that you had when you were saved. The Holy Spirit doesn't just wave a magic wand and make every believer honest upon conversion. For some He does, but not all. He convicts us in areas of weakness throughout our journey without Him.
---Madison1101 on 6/11/06

i agree with jack. People on these blogs are very quick to critisise someone for not really being christians. Not that i agree that you shouldnt pay your taxes. But it does say in the bible, the things i want to do, i dont, and the things i dont, i do. Im sure we ALL do things that are not what God would want from us. Its hypocritically to judge others so quickly.
---anon on 6/11/06

true christians do not even want to lie, nor should they. It shouldn't even be in a true christans vocabulary! This person may not know what a true christian is.
---candice on 6/10/06

Be sure that you are completly honest as far as your returns are concerned, then tell him that to help him , you might call the appropriate office to suggest they invite him for an audit, if he does not amend his dishonest return within 30 days. If he cherishes your frienship, that may move him to act. P.
---Pierr5358 on 6/9/06

Jesus taught that we must pay taxes.
Matt 22 v21, Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's. (NIV)
To not pay the tax is to cheat, not only your proper government, but your fellow citizens.
---Margaretj on 6/9/06

Just as the sins of this man mean he's not really a Christian, so do the sins of those who post here also mean that they are not really Christians, either.
---Jack on 6/9/06

All of Romans 13 would apply here. And it is a heart issue. I know of many Christians who operate in a spirit of entitlement. I am not talking about receiving the blessings of the Lord but about calling blessings those things obtained by deceit. Sounds like calling evil good and good evil.
---Linda6563 on 6/9/06

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