Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:27 PM
Updated: Oct 3, 2012 10:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Dozens of local churches are joining a national effort to talk politics from the pulpit. The group called Alliance Defending Freedom is asking preachers to deliver a political sermon this Sunday. The Family of Faith Church of Baton Rouge is one of 32 churches that have already signed up; even though the pastors know that they could see trouble come tax time.
"All through college and all through seminary that's what I heard. You can't speak on political issues because if you do, you lose your tax exempt status for your church and your members can't take their tithes," says Family of Faith Church pastor Joel Davis.
Under current tax law, churches can't preach politics and keep their tax exempt status. But some churches are willing to take the risk, because they feel the responsibility to apply the bible to this presidential race.
"If this gets taken to court and the judge says, 'you have to give up your tax exempt status,' that's great. We'll be happy to do that. We will keep speaking the truth and what the bible teaches," says Davis.