To put it in less magisterial terms, don't count on my support for the latest cause celebre on the "religious liberty" front.
A coalition of church and ministry leaders is calling for legislation that would end the ban on political endorsements from the pulpit.he is absolutely correct.
The chairman of the group says the current law stifles the speech of pastors who fear losing their churches' tax-exempt status.
The report specifies that tax-deductible donations during worship services would not be spent on political campaigns.
Opponents to changing the law say there's no need to further intertwine religion and politics.
“My concern is what that kind of change would make to the integrity and the unity of the church itself,” said C. Welton Gaddy, president of The Interfaith Alliance. “It’s about the sanctity of the religious voice in the context of worship and to compromise that authority would be devastating to religion in America.”The freedom of the preacher to proclaim the Gospel is a freedom which cannot be abridged, undermined, or abolished by any human government--no matter what laws may ostensibly regulate speech or expression--because no human government is ultimately free from accountability to the Gospel's eternal claims. Every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (cf. Philippians 2:10ff). That is the message which ought to be proclaimed from every pulpit in every church. That some churches and some preachers would surrender the great freedom to proclaim that message in favor of a far lesser freedom to endorse candidates for petty political offices suggests a serious misappropriation of priorities.