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Preachers Want Their Cake and Eat it Too by Greg J. Dixon

Preachers Want Their Cake and Eat it Too

(Publishers note: "The following article and many like it was carried world-wide this past July quoting Trump on his intentions that if elected he would eliminate the "Johnson Amendment" from non-profit laws under Title 26 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Many believe that he is going to eliminate the non-profit Section 501 (c) (3) which non-profit organizations operate under all together, but this is not the case.  If he did this, he would eliminate health care facilities, colleges and universities, foundations, The Red Cross.  Altogether there are 1.5 million non-profit organizations in the U.S. which includes Chambers of Commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues.  There are approximately 700,000 religious organizations including churches. 

Does anyone really believe that these organizations want to give up their tax-exemption and their "cash cow" that they all depend on which is the tax- deductible gift?  You have heard of Welfare for the wealthy?  This is welfare for the righteous.  Lazarus sat at the rich man's table begging for a scrap of bread.  The "Palace Preachers" of America sit at Caesar's table and beg for their piece of the tax revenue.

No they are not asking President Trump to preserve the Religious liberty for their churches guaranteed by the First amendment, which is the first right mentioned in the "Bill of Rights", they want their churches to have freedom of speech, press and assembly rights too, which the Johnson Amendment eliminated and still get theirs and their members hand out.  How tragic, unless there is repentance on the part of these preachers and churches, it may be that they will hear the Lord say those ominous words at the judgment: "They have their reward."

Western Journalism

Trump Presses For 'Revolution in The Christian World' Through Federal Rule Change

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants religion to have a voice in American politics. To do that, he has set his sights on abolishing the so-called "Johnson amendment," which prevents churches from taking an open role in political campaigns.

"We're going to get rid of that horrible Johnson amendment and we're going to let evangelicals, we're going to let Christians and Jews and people of religion talk without being afraid to talk," Trump said Saturday during the formal introduction of running mate Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana.

The amendment is a piece of federal tax code supported by former President Lyndon Johnson while Johnson was still a U.S. Senator from Texas. It says tax-exempt non-profit groups, such as churches, cannot "participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of – or in opposition to – any candidate for public office."

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