But the pastors of these churches, which happen to be some of the largest megachurches in America, say they plan on banding together to defy the IRS on the annual “Freedom of the Pulpit Sunday” coming up in October. According to several spokesmen within the pulpit freedom movement, the pastors will inform their congregants that IRS spies may be in the congregation that day and that they, the pastors, have no intention of adhering to the rules of the IRS that demand that they cease from preaching on homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion, and other hot topics. The plan is for the pastors to dare the IRS agents to come forward and arrest them on the spot so that all of America can see what a farce the federal government has become.
America has always stood for complete freedom of speech in the pulpit, and it has always been assumed that pastors will hit public issues hard when the Bible addresses those issues head-on. This is fully exhibited in our history. Pastors were among the first to openly call for independence from Britain. Pastors were also among the first to condemn the practice of slavery, which ultimately led to its abolition. The church is under no obligation whatsoever to adhere to politically correct speech or to refrain from addressing ethical, moral, and public issues that are addressed in the Bible.
But progressive/totalitarian tyrants wish to silence the voice of preachers and churches unless they endorse the actions of the modern collectivist government in America. Such a move would solidify the control that the government increasingly exercises on its citizens.
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