Light In The Darkness: October 10, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” – 1 Corinthians 9:16-17

As many of you know, the Alliance Defending Freedom declared Oct. 7 as “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.” They urged pastors to use their pulpits on that day to either promote or denigrate specific political candidates, political parties and/or policies. Such preaching would be in direct violation of the IRS ruling  prohibiting non-profit organizations (including churches) who elect 501(c)(3) status) from such involvement.  Their purpose was to provoke the IRS to action so that the matter may be tested in court.

I cannot agree with them. I have been called to preach the Word of the Living God and have no business addressing politics from the pulpit in any case. The fact is that I am already absolutely free to preach everything the scriptures present…without restriction. Someone in power may object to some aspect of the truth and throw me in jail, but that does not limit my freedom to preach! That is God-given.

It is my personal opinion that if the IRS does take up this gauntlet thrown down by pastors, the results will be far different from what is desired and perhaps even disastrous to the church as a whole. We have no legitimate reason to believe that a majority on the Supreme Court care at all for what the Constitution says…an important requirement if they are to overrule the IRS in the first place.

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