IRS Looks to Pulpits for Culprits

By Tony Perkins

The IRS hasn’t exactly been shy about its goal of silencing Christian conservatives. Over the last two years, Americans have had a glimpse inside the systematic targeting of men and women of faith — and there’s no sign that the tax agency is slowing down. If the IRS wants to take on America’s pastors, one thing’s for sure: our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) will be ready.

More than 1,500 pastors joined Pulpit Freedom Sunday, challenging theIRS’s rules on what churches can and can’t say about elections. The project, part of ADF’s outreach, actually got its start at FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall pastors conference in 2008. Since then, the number of churches involved has absolutely exploded, making yesterday’s event one of the most successful yet. “The purpose is to make sure that the pastor — and not the IRS — decides what is said from the pulpit,” said ADF’s Erik Stanley. That’s even more important now, as the fate of the culture hangs in the balance. I’m convinced that the reason we’re seeing this effort to redefine marriage, and even nature itself, is because the pulpits of America have been muted on God’s laws.

At the invitation of Dr. Steve Ingino, I had the opportunity to participate in Pulpit Freedom Sunday by preaching at Tucson’s Christ Community Church. I spoke, in part, on John 14:6: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”

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Jesus didn’t say He was “a” way, or a truth, or a version of life. He said He was the way, the truth, and the life. The “way” is the path of life, the manner of living — and it is an all-encompassing way of life, not just a Sunday morning worship service. This “way” includes how we vote. As Christians, we should vote for godly leaders who embrace and uphold biblical values. If we want our prayers to be answered for a righteous government, we need to put individuals with that kind of character in office.

As William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania said, “Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them, and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too…. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it.” Vote for biblical values! Make sure your church is planning to participate in iPledge Sunday this Sunday night October 12 at 7:00 p.m. (ET). To find out more, visit

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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