A part of the writing by Pastor Chuck Baldwin:
“Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.”
Do you want to know why pastors will not speak out against the evil practices, policies, and pontifications of our elected civil magistrates? It is the fear of violating the 501c3 statute and thereby risk losing the precious government benefit of tax exemption. Is not this tantamount to what the Pharisees did? They rejected the authority of Christ for fear of losing the benefits of Caesar.
As this column already sounds preachy to my non-Christian readers, I will go ahead and quote this passage from John 11:48: ‘If we [the Pharisees] let him [Christ] thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and our nation.'”