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Should televangelists be required by law to hand over their financial statements to the Government?

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 ---Cynthia on 12/7/07
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I don't think they should be treated any differently than any other none-profit organization. If those organizations have to have disclosure, the so called charitable televangelist should too.
---Todd_Springer on 12/21/10

Yes it should be required.
They use it for their own gain & Not for God.
Matt.15 v 9.
---Lawrence on 6/29/10

I think a lot of wrong and misuse have previeled in todays churches.SHEEP...IN
SHEEPS CLOTHING.I think they ought to be sorted out.I PREDICT,.. THEY WILL BE SORTED OUT.
---Jack_8773 on 1/2/08

to pam pt 1 - so just let the teleevangelist get away with sin? christ rebuked the pharisees & told them right in their faces that they are lovers of money & hyporcrties! these pastors & televangelist are 'messegers of god' & all they do is put people in bondage, weight on their shoulders & shut the door of heaven on men's faces
---mike on 1/2/08

pt 2 - if these pastors & teleevangelist always pt to sin, then who is going to 'rebuke' them when then don't 'deny' themselves. that is why they think that they are infalliable bec. they have gotten away with murder!
---mike on 1/2/08

pt3 - the bible is for correction & that means to all people. pastors & teleevangelist are not exempted from sin. why? just bec. they are pastors, they are perfect & sinless? no. they use the bible to defend themselves bec they do not want to be rebuke & that is pride & arrogance!
---mike on 1/2/08

just as everyone else do, and so must the evangelists do..why dont you concentrate on the Word friend? why bother others business when your life is at stake here..have you the truth of God? if yes, then share it..leave others business well alone
---pam on 1/1/08

First of all: the Church should not be a 501C3 entity. Having 501C3 status places it under the authority of government, not God.

Doesn't it seem interesting that Jesus taught that we are to pay taxes as individuals, but the Church believes that it should not?
When Jesus did the miracle of the coin in the mouth of the fish it was to pay the tax of the Church. He was (and is) the Church. The real Church is NOT 501C3. The Church is legally tax-exempt without this controlling status.
---RICHARD on 12/30/07

I don't think that was an IRS official you were talking to, an accountant, maybe.
---Cindy on 12/30/07

The government grants some organizations (religious or not) the status of "tax emempt organization", which has certain restrictions. In exchange, they have the right to oversee whether the organization is keeping its side of the bargain.

A church is perfectly within its rights to operate as a for-profit organization, with no tax exemption, and keep their books private, and follow any other practices they want. However, I'm not aware of any that do.

Tax exemption is TOO attractive.
---StrongAxe on 12/30/07

Yes, to answer your question. All who are in fulltime Christian and non-profit work should be accoutable. One IRS offical told me that it wasn't how much money a person makes, but how much they keep that really determines the income. For example: I could drive a BMW, and write it off as an expense if I was in either Christian work or any non-profit work. Noone would doubt this expense as being legtimate since a person in fulltime Christian work wouldn't cheat on their income, is the thought of many.
---wivv on 12/29/07

He is a prosperity preacher, and his name does him justice Cynthia, Only God knows his heart I can not say.
---Whisper on 12/11/07

If you read the Tulsa World you can follow the stories about this probe. Of the "six" televanglists whose records were requested, only one has come forth immediately. That is Joyce Meyers.
---Susie on 12/10/07

I know of only one reason why anyoneb would want to hide information from the tax authorities.
---alan_of_UK on 12/10/07

Pastors tele evangelist should practice what they preach regarding obedience. they are not exempted from the law nor they are above it. they are saying that they have not done anything wrong let them show their accounting of the money.
---mhow on 12/10/07

is it god's will for these pastors or televangelist to be rich or is it their OWN will? they are not practicing 'thy will be done' but hypocrisy & 'self'ishness
---william on 12/10/07

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Blessings to all, I heard that the Government is demanding financial records from five TV Preachers, but there is one who is refusing, which is Creflo Dollar. Does anyone know anything about this Preacher? Does anyone watch him? God Bless!
---Cynthia on 12/10/07

Goodmorning Cynthia, they just need to put their faith where their mouth is and open up a fishes mouth, then render unto Ceaser, come to think of it, I bet you Chris Angel uses that method, or something close to it.
---Whisper on 12/9/07

Televangelists are not free from any laws that others have to keep. They are all subject to audtiting as we are. If the law requires it then they should abide by it.
---john on 12/9/07

It is my responsibility to pray and make sure with God about who I trust with money or marriage etc. >

"Test all things, hold fast what is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

"And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment." (Philippians 1:9)
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/7/07

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It's the church's responsibility, according to how I understand
1 Corinthians 5:12-6:11.

Along with this...Joshua 9:1-27...notice what happened because Jewish leaders judged by "obvious" evidence, "but they did not ask counsel of the LORD." (v. 14)

We can make sure with our Father about everything >
"casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)
"And He shall direct your paths." (in Proverbs 3:6)
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/7/07

Every business and individual should have an audited tax return ... Why not televangeslists?
---alan_of_UK on 12/7/07

If wealth is part of a religious teaching, no one should complain that ministers are rich. Those ministers do pay income tax.
---InimicusStultitiae on 12/7/07

We are all subject to audits, and should be held accountable in some way. I suppose it wouldn't be fair of the government to step in unless there was reason to believe shady things were going on.
---kady on 12/7/07

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You mean the IRS?
It's coming to that, "government" will demand that televangelists line up with the law.
---Michelle on 12/7/07

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