Christians May Ask
Christians may ask to see a law that binds preachers down from what they can and cannot say, and the answer is “No,” there is no law I can point you to, but there also does not have to be. All Congress has to do is grant the IRS carte blanche privilege [full discretionary power] to do what they see fit, and it has the same effect as law, but if you sign a contract with them, they don’t need a law because you gave up your rights and agreed to obey their statues for regulating a church, and it is legally binding on top of their discretionary enforcement.
“Prior to 1954, churches were free to evaluate the positions of political candidates on moral issues without fear of the Internal Revenue Service revoking their tax-exempt status. That year, then-Senator Lyndon Johnson amended the tax code to add the threat of IRS action against churches if their pastors mentioned the positions of specific candidates from the pulpit. Citing that rule, groups like AU [Americans United] have repeatedly threatened to report churches to the IRS if they speak out on such issues.“
-“ADF Announces New Initiative to Reclaim Pastors’ First Amendment Rights,” Alliance Defending Freedom, May 9, 2008, retrieved Aug 11, 2012,
Again, Christians cry out, “They don’t have a right to do that!” That’s true, UNLESS your church/pastor signed a contract that binds them to IRS regulations instead of YAHUSHA The Messiah. If your church is 501c3 incorporated, Americans United and other organizations have every EVERY RIGHT to report your church to the IRS for breaking contract.
The ADF is trying to get the IRS to give pastors back their first amendment rights because the ADF KNOWS FULL-WELL that the pastors are silenced in the church, and have no first amendment rights. (Even though ministers/evangelists I talk to constantly and ignorantly claim that they have no limitations on speech.) However, in their willful ignorance, the ADF is foolishly fighting with the IRS, who won’t listen to a word they say, instead of doing what’s Biblical by helping churches dissolve their 501c3 contracts.
Additionally, churches fearing “the IRS revoking their tax-exempt status,” is not Scriptural in any sense. What message does this send to new Christians about the protection of our Master YAHUSHA HA’MASHIACH and The RUACH HA’QODESH? When pastors run to the IRS shivering in fear of losing their precious tax-exemption gives a demonstration to the world of the Laodecian state of American churches.
In 2008, former president George Bush’s Administration gave their official position on this issue:
“Kinsolving asked: ‘The AP also reports that 33 pastors in 22 states made specific endorsements of political candidates in challenging the IRS-Lyndon Johnson ruling about no political endorsements in churches. And my question: Does the president believe that America’s clergy should be denied the freedom of speech to endorse political candidates?’
[Tony] Fratto responded: ‘Those rules are set forth in IRS regulations, directed by statute. And the IRS is enforcing the law, and the president believes that the IRS should enforce the law.'”
-“Bush: IRS Should Enforce Pastor’s Speech Ban” World Net Daily, Sept 30, 2008, retrieved Aug 11, 2012,
In case you missed it, the reporter asked if pastors should be denied freedom of speech, and Fratto didn’t have to answer with the president’s opinion because he stated clearly that ‘no constitutional rights’ has always been an IRS regulation over 501c3 churches! Pastors, are you getting this yet? If you have a 501c3 church, you have NO freedom of speech under the first amendment, and that automatically means you have no religious liberty because freedom of speech is the first requirement for religious liberty.
Gerald W Thomas in New Hebron, Mississippi