UNMUZZLING AMERICA'S PREACHERS
The Houses of Worship
Free Speech Restoration Act
I have made you a watchman so hear
the word I speak and give them warning from me (Ezek 33:6-7).
With 141 cosponsors, Rep. Walter Jones' (R-NC) new bill, the
Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act,
is gaining momentum. H.R. 235 will restore free
speech rights to ministers and churches who face a constant threat
from the I.R.S. for speaking about political issues.
- Without tax-exempt status a church becomes a taxable entity,
subject to federal income tax on tithes, offerings and other
income. The I.R.S. can apply sanctions retroactively. Churches
and contributors can be required to pay years of back taxes on
previously untaxed income. Loss of federal exempt status can
mean automatic loss of state and local tax-exempt status.
- Rep. Jones' first bill, the Houses of Worship Political
Speech Protection Act (H.R. 2357), which did not pass
last year, would have amended the I.R.S. Code to permit churches
freely to "engage in political campaigns."
- H.R. 235 is weaker, but far more likely to
pass. It leaves in place rules that prohibit churches from engaging
in political activity, but ascertains that churches will not
lose their tax status "because of the content, preparation,
or presentation of any homily, sermon, teaching, dialectic, or
other presentation made during religious services or gatherings."
- The bill is young and lacks a Senate sponsor. With some tweaking
and our prayers, H.R.235 will hit its mark.
God charges pastors to apply Biblical Truth to current issues
and to expose and destroy wolves who prey upon our churches and
country. H.R. 235 will help remove the gag the
IRS has used to silence America's clergy for 49 years. H.R.
235 will moderate unconstitutional laws that have shackled
America's churches for most almost fifty years.
Please Join Us in Persevering
H.R. 235 speedy Committee approval & great SUCCESS in the
House. Anoint a Senator to wholeheartedly sponsor this bill &
persevere to VICTORY!
. CAUSE America's Preachers to fearlessly & effectively PREACH
& SHINE the Light of Your Glorious Law & Gospel upon
the political process & civil government of our land. In
Jesus' Name, AMEN! (Jer 3:15; Ezek 3:17-21; 33:1-6; Ac 4:15-22;
1 Th 5:14)
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