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Wayne Grudem is Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Ariz., and the author of Politics According to the Bible. He joined nearly 1500 other pastors nationwide who participated in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” (sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom) on October 7, 2012.
Since 1954, it has been illegal for tax-exempt organizations like churches to endorse any candidate by name. Those who violate this law may lose their tax-exempt status. Grudem and these other pastors are fully aware that they broke the law this past Sunday, but Grudem sees no other way to legally challenge this tax law. At The Christian Post he states,
Because tax regulations cannot be challenged in court unless someone is first found in violation by the IRS, it seems to me that intentionally disobeying for the purpose of bringing the issue into the court system is a way of being “subject to the governing authorities” as Rom. 13:1 tells us to do. This is the only way under our “governing authorities” that a tax law can be challenged in court for being in violation of our Constitution.
How did Grudem break the tax law? On Pulpit Freedom Sunday, October 7, he and these other pastors publicly recommended a specific Presidential candidate from the pulpit in a sermon at their local churches. Now, they’re in the process of sending these sermons to the IRS.
If you want to read more about Grudem’s reasons for participating in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, you can find them here.
Also, Grudem has compiled a list of 24 differences between the Republican and Democratic parties on issues with a moral component. You can find the full list here. Grudem also provided a summary of this list at The Christian Post,
The rule of law (vs. judges who change the original meaning of the Constitution), freedom of religion in public expression (vs. freedom of worship in private), protection of life (vs. glorying in unrestricted abortion rights), the preservation of marriage (vs. promoting same-sex relationships as “marriage”), the limitation of federal power (vs. an unconstrained federal government), parental choice in education for children of all income levels and all races (vs. protecting a government-regulated monopoly on schools), turning back government overspending and avoiding debt that we cannot repay (vs. reckless spending that threatens to bankrupt our children and our nation), caring for the poor by reducing taxes to leave more money in the job-creating private sector (vs. ever-increasing taxes that drain money from job-creating businesses), a strong military to protect us and the many small democracies that look to us for protection (vs. damaging defense cutbacks that leave smaller nations, the world’s sea lanes, and our own nation increasingly vulnerable), and a commitment to stand by Israel (vs. snubbing its leaders and demanding that it make ever-greater concessions).
What are your thoughts about Grudem’s stand and Pulpit Freedom Sunday?