Pastors endorsing candidates, in defiance of IRS rules
Published by FoxNews
Under IRS rules, nonprofits — such as churches — are allowed to discuss politically sensitive subjects in their sermons, but historically have been barred from actively campaigning and endorsing particular candidates. But a growing number of pastors are challenging that standard – and the IRS may be looking the other way.
Politico reports that, according to the group Alliance Defending Freedom, more than 1,600 pastors are endorsing candidates this year as part of so-called Pulpit Freedom Sunday.
That’s up from a mere 33 pastors in 2008. Alliance Defending Freedom is urging pastors across the country to endorse candidates on any Sunday leading up to Election Day.
The pastors reportedly have weighed in on tight races ranging from the North Carolina Senate battle to the brawl between Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky.
The IRS previously has been sued for not enforcing their endorsement ban for churches, leading to a recent settlement. The argument against pastors making endorsements is that they are using tax-exempt money for political purposes.
However, the IRS may be gun-shy after its high-profile fight with Tea Party groups and virtually all Republicans on Capitol Hill over its targeting of conservative groups.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen recently suggested the IRS was not going to crank up enforcement on churches, despite the settlement.
Leaven of Herod : Politicians in the PulpitBy Tetaun Moffett | EX Ministries
Herod had the power of a god. He was supreme ruler. Herodians believed they were serving God by serving him. (Acts 12:22) Herodians were subject to the good ole boy system. Blood lines, successions, nepotism, etc. kept Herods in power. (Matt. 2:22) To get favor of the supreme ruler, you had to bribe or satisfy them in service or deed. (Mark 6:25) Herod mixed the pagan government with the church and controlled both. (Matt. 2:16) Herod desired to kill Jesus because his teachings were influencing his Herodians. (Mark 3:6) Herod was influential in politics and religion. And from Jesus birth til death, he sought to kill Jesus and stop his ministry. POLITICS WILL ALWAYS TRY TO STOP CHRIST’S TEACHINGS because Christ taught humility, but politics require self promotion and exaltation. (Luke 13:31) The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. And he said unto them, Go ye, and te” that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I sha” be perfected. A little leaven, effects the entire loaf and changes it’s appearance, texture, and consistency. This is what politics from the pulpit always does. It CHANGES PREACHERS, CHURCHES, AND MEMBERS. (Gal. 5:9)
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.These’s folks who affirm Dominion Theology, “Kingdom Now Theology,” “Restoration Theology” all teach that we should be in and of this world by voting in a political party that will change the laws and rules to reflect our Christian beliefs. But this is the opposite of what Jesus taught. (Rom. 12:2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will. of God.The Kingdom of God is a countercultural movement that exists on earth but is not of earth.
We are here to win souls, not lands. We are here to be living walking breathing examples of Jesus’ teachings, not mixers of politics and religion. God’s true prophets NEVER preach politics, but rather influence men to change their policies. But now, preachers are encouraging voting for this party or that party as if the right man in office will change things to better suit the believer. NOT. When we vote for men that compromise, we compromise allow me to say it again; WHEN WE VOTE FOR ME THAT COMPROMISE, WE COMPROMISE, and belong to their movement. This doesn’t mean that we ignore politics, but our politics should adhere to Christ policies. We should do our best, be as good as we can as citizens of this land but never lose our identity as believers from another world. In politics the rules are 1. Get in Power, 2. Stay in Power, and 3. Increase your power. In a system made up of selfish ambition, the will of God can never be carried out. Pastors, preachers, ministers, etc. should AVOID STANDING WITH POLITICAL FIGURES! We should pray for them, but never get in bed with them. We should stand for what we believe, but never try to influence others to put their hope in ambitious men. But because the church has mirrored the world by electing “mediators” to speak to God for them, we see no harm in casting our hope in secular politicians. But now, that the carnal church leaders have been betrayed by Obama, maybe they will see that our true government rests on the shoulders of our true leader, Jesus Christ. I’m done with this! Its just too disheartening!!
It’s very disheartening to see pastors who are so ambitions that they would lend their platforms to politicians who represent an anti-christ agenda. The LEAVEN OF HEROD is being perpetrated by many of them with political agendas. These preachers hide their desire for earthly fame and relevance in the idea that they are called of God to influence the political arenas of today. So they chose a political party to side with and push people into voting for a certain ticket. Political parties all have beliefs and issues that are not Christ approved. So, in essence, the pastors that encourage politics among believers, are compromising the cause of Christ for the sake of political agendas. SEN. MARK WARREN and others like him are aiding and abetting to silence the Church and the blood will be on these pastors hands. How can the church share its influence with men who oppose what we as believers should be contending against. YOU CAN’T PREACH CHRIST AND AFFIRM THESE MEN, it’s hypocrisy. These men advocate for a “homosexual agenda”, they support the murder of unborn children, and other policies and agenda’s that will destroy the influence of the Church. Has it become more about the aspirations of the pastor and less about what the word of God says?