Summary: America is in moral, financial, religious, and ethical trouble. The answer to her problems is not found in political manuevering but in God's word.
1. IRS Threat to Churches – “No politicking or we take your tax-exempt status.” They define their threat in that churches are not to be political action committees if they:
a. Have a “substantial” part of their activities in trying to influence legislation;
b. Having its main or primary objective attained only by the passage or defeat of proposed legislation and it advocates or campaigns for the attainment of the objective, as distinguished from engaging in non-partisan analysis, study, or research, making those results available to the public;
c. Participating or intervening, directly or indirectly, in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office;
d. What the Government knows is that most churches are compliant and unwilling to get involved in the filth of politics – this is what happens when Christian people abandon our duty – bad replaces good in vacuum of leadership (demon came back with 7 others – Matthew 12.44-45)
2. Johnson Amendment, 1954
House Resolution 235 was designed to revise the IRS code to remove restrictions placed on churches and non-profit organizations in 1954 by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson. Prior to 1954, churches and non-profit organizations had no such restrictions on their freedom of speech or their right to speak out in favor or against political issues or candidates.
The history of Johnson’s IRS gag order is instructive. It began with what some historians believe to be a fraudulent election of Johnson to the Senate in 1948. It has been maintained by both conservative and liberal historians that Lyndon Johnson’s election to the Senate in 1948 was won by massive voter fraud. Known as “Landslide Lyndon,” this aspiring politician was “elected” by only 87 votes. His challenger, Coke Stevenson, challenged his election and presented credible evidence that hundreds of votes for Johnson had been faked. Johnson, however, was successful in blocking Stevenson’s effort by the clever use of “cooperative” court injunctions.
In 1954, Johnson was facing re-election to the Senate and was being aggressively opposed by two non-profit anti-Communist groups that were attacking Johnson’s liberal agenda. In retaliation, Johnson inserted language into the IRS code that prohibited non-profits, including churches, from endorsing or opposing candidates for political office. In effect, Senator Johnson used the power of the go-along Congress and the IRS to silence his opposition.
3. Thomas Jefferson and Separation of Church and State
4. First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
a. Freedom of press; assembly; speech; religion (i.e., Christianity) – key to our nation