Where did the right for churches to avoid paying taxes come from? I mean, did this right to avoid paying taxes come out of Bible teaching?
Is this “right” that churches exercise grounded in the Bible?
Consider the first topic of discussion.
1. Christians are to avoid offence
Consider the following passage.
Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
In Romans 13:7 Paul told believers to pay their taxes, and since churches were in private homes, it seems obvious that if there was a property tax in those days, Paul was telling them to pay it. If the ruling city officials request assistance from the general population to improve the living conditions of the community, does it not seem to be a sacrifice that would be well pleasing, in order to be a blessing on the community?
Fighting this proposal in the public arena was a no win situation for the church in my opinion. The early church spoke to God about seeming injustices (see Acts 4:23, 12:5, etc.) and not to the general population. (I guess the early church didn’t understand the power of public relations to turn the heart of a king/mayor!)
What think ye? Is there something I am missing?
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