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Over at the Gospel Coalition Blog, Joe Carter has an interesting post-

Majority of Pastors Disapprove of Making Political Endorsements From Pulpit

“The Story: According to a recent survey by LifeWay Research, nearly 90 percent of pastors believe they should not endorse candidates for public office from the pulpit. The survey also found that 44 percent of pastors personally endorsed candidates, but did so outside of their church role.

The Background: The survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors found that only 10 percent believe pastors should endorse candidates from the pulpit. Eighty-seven percent believe (71 percent strongly and 16 percent somewhat) pastors should not endorse candidates for public office from the pulpit. Three percent of pastors are not sure.

As Lifeway notes, an amendment to the IRS tax code in 1954 prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from endorsing political candidates for public office. According to the IRS, “violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise tax.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom believes the law violates the First Amendment and has encouraged pastors to talk about candidates and make specific recommendations on “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” (October 7). The sermons are to be recorded and sent to the IRS in order to challenge the law in court

Why It Matters: Daniel Darling, a Chicago-area pastor and author, wrote a blog post listing “3 Reasons Your Pastor Probably Doesn’t Preach Politics.” The most powerful, and succinct reason is that the Word of God must be the text for pastors:

This sounds like a cliché, but it bears saying: faithful Bible preachers use the text of the Word of God as their source of preaching. Anything less is simply a speech, which may be inspirational, moral, or even Christian-themed. But if our basis is not the text, we’re not preaching.”

via Majority of Pastors Disapprove of Making Political Endorsements From Pulpit – The Gospel Coalition Blog.

In a related story-

“More than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge the IRS next month by deliberately preaching politics ahead of the presidential election despite a federal ban on endorsements from the pulpit.

The defiant move, they hope, will prompt the IRS to enforce a 1954 tax code amendment that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from making political endorsements. Alliance Defending Freedom, which is holding the October summit, said it wants the IRS to press the matter so it can be decided in court. The group believes the law violates the First Amendment by “muzzling” preachers.

“The purpose is to make sure that the pastor — and not the IRS — decides what is said from the pulpit.”

– Erik Stanley, Alliance Defending Freedom

“The purpose is to make sure that the pastor — and not the IRS — decides what is said from the pulpit,” Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the group, told FoxNews.com. “It is a head-on constitutional challenge.”

Stanley said pastors attending the Oct. 7 “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” will “preach sermons that will talk about the candidates running for office” and then “make a specific recommendation.” The sermons will be recorded and sent to the IRS.  

“We’re hoping the IRS will respond by doing what they have threatened,” he said. “We have to wait for it to be applied to a particular church or pastor so that we can challenge it in court. We don’t think it’s going to take long for a judge to strike this down as unconstitutional.”

via Pastors pledge to defy IRS, preach politics from pulpit ahead of election | Fox News.

It’s true that Pastors need to preach from the text of the Bible. However, it is also true that a Christian Worldview encompasses the political world. In the context of preaching the Bible, areas that politics contacts the Christian’s life should be covered Biblically.

What do you think? Should Pastors bring politics into the pulpit? Is it right for the State to dictate what can and cannot be spoken in the church?

Much is at stake in this debate.  We need to think seriously about the issues, and the consequences of our actions.

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

Here are my top persecution entries dating back to Sept., 2012

A modern Christian Exodus

Go Big Orange! ( As an Alabama fan, that will be the only time you will see or hear this from me…)

Gag me with a gavel!

Totalitarian revival

From Russia with love

Nazi Ministry of Education still haunts us

Lux et Veritas!

Rocky Mountain Heil FFRF!

The Big Easy ain’t so easy if you’re a Christian!

Georgia on my mind.

Swahili kifo

Dearbornistan

Nigerian nailing to the cross

The religion of peace

Those evil homeschoolers!

Hobby Lobby hullabaloo.

un skunk de Pew Report!

higher edumecation…

The kicking out of the Coptics

Islamaphilia.

Hate a movie, bomb a church.

Kazakhstan chacanery

Venician binds

B&B bums out LGBT

What’s good for the Crescent, is good for the Cross…

Atheists in angst.

Collegiate cordiality.

Certifiable Christians

Indian Givers.

Keep in mind this is one month’s worth of Evernotes.

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams

Daily Musings

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Apologetics, Daily News

Here’s the latest news related to a Christian worldview:

1. The latest edition of Berean Apologetics (which happens to be mine)

2. The American spectator: Islam and the Closing of the Secular Mind

3. Abracadabra.

4. How do you equate sexual behavior with race?

5. Uterus Transplant and three parent families?

6. Muslim Brotherhood in Tennessee?

7. It works both ways. At least one liberal can see that.

8. Logic and Religion.

9. Well, that takes care of that.

10. 7% of wars, 2% of casualties. Good to know. I’m tired of this one being regurgitated all the time.

11. Excellent argumentation.

12. Worthy of a gander.