The Internal Revenue Service isn't taking action against
churches for political statements from the pulpit.
IRS official Russell Renwicks recently made a statement that the
agency has not been auditing churches because it has no authority
to do so since the necessary regulations have not been
Attorney Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom tells OneNewsNow
that stems from a federal court decision in 2009 that the
regulations were unlawful.
"So for the IRS to complain
now that because it doesn't have the authority to audit churches
that churches are somehow getting away with election violations
really should ring hollow to all of us, because it's the IRS's own
fault that those regulations have not been approved," he points
out. "They have been sitting on the IRS's desk for two and a half
IRS's Renwicks also complained of being inundated with
complaints about political involvement of churches.
"But I also question whether the IRS even has been inundated
with complaints that are valid in any way," Stanley says. "There
are people who complain to the IRS all the time about things that
churches do, and the vast majority of the time the IRS never acts
on those complaints because they're just junk complaints that don't
really mean anything. So I don't really feel any sympathy for the
IRS at this level."
Pastors have only two more Sundays to speak about political and
social issues from a biblical perspective before the November 6