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.
1 Peter 2:13-17Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
Peter told the believers to submit to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake. Of course we live in a nation that allows protest, but I wonder if believers are to protest as much as we do.
It is interesting that Peter uses the term “cloak of maliciousness” in reference to the freedoms we possess as Christians. This cloak refers to a covering, and I think Peter is fearful that believers will use their declared freedoms, as a covering of actual malicious (evil) motivations and deeds.
I also understand that at the time of this discussion with my friend, the proposal was not an ordinance of man yet, so as far as I can tell, the church had every right to speak to God about this possible injustice. But once this amendment passed, the church should, with well-doing, put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. (Not be foolish men, who needed to be put to silence).
In each of these passages, the Bible seems to be telling us to take the loss for the sake of others. Do not offend, humbly pay your taxes and do good.
What think ye? Is there something I am missing?
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