Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Huckabee: Churches should think about opting out of tax-exempt status

Huckabee: "We choose our freedom more than our financial benefit" (photo: Gage Skidmore)

A really interesting nugget from The Associated Baptist Press today.

At a pastor's conference yesterday, Mike Huckabee told pastors that "you may not clap real loud for this", but that churches should consider opting out of tax-exempt status so they can have more religious freedom.


“You may not clap real loud for this, but at least hear me out and think about it and pray about it,” he said.

“I think we need to recognize that it may be time to quit worrying so much about the tax code and start thinking more about the truth of the living God, and if it means that we give up tax-exempt status and tax deductions for charitable contributions, I choose freedom more than I choose a deduction that the government gives me permission to say what God wants me to say.”

Huckabee said it may be time for churches to say: “Keep your deductions. Keep the exemptions. We stand more faithful with what God would have us to say, and we choose our freedom more than our financial benefit.”

Also, Huckabee once again threatened to bolt the GOP if it shifts on gay marriage or abortion.

"I’ve got a news flash for the GOP,” he said.

“I plan to take my last ride in life on a white horse, not on an elephant and not on a donkey, and I will stick with the word of God and if the party, any party, goes a different way I stick with Jesus. I believe he is forever.”