TAX REBELLION: Part One
Nobody likes to pay taxes. Nobody thinks that Caesar is using the tax money correctly. Even the IRS has taken a rather benign tactic in encouraging us all to find every possible way to avoid paying taxes by using deductions. Ads on the radio have educated us how to get an Earned Income Credit. I learned about it from an IRS ad in the 70s. No public official can expect to be elected without whispering, "Read my lips... No more taxes." They all break such promises, but the masses fall for it every time... It gives us hope, right :-)
Ironically, we all want better highways. We scream, "where is the Highway Department?" whenever we hit a pothole. We all get in line for Social Security, even though we all prophesied it would go belly up and disappear. Taxes are here to stay. Who invented them anyway? Well, no doubt Nimrod invented taxes. He built the first big cities. Or, possible Cain did-- he too built cities. What a nasty heritage, right?
Whoa! Whose idea was it to take a tithe, ten percent, off of all the Jews in Israel? Who made rules about giving tax into the Temple treasury? Who told the Jews they had to feed the Levites? Answer: God!
Did you ever see a Baptist preacher who was bored to death with taking an offering? Come now, friend. You never heard better emotional appeals and proof texting than at offering time. I recall Roy McKewen of Youth For Christ, during the 1950s, giving a 45 minute offertory one night-- To teen agers! What zeal some men have in collecting our cash, right?
I was asked, during my college days, to give the offertory during a missions conference. I was a missionary's kid, and they figured I could lay it on. There was a Cessna out on the grass oval only half paid for, and MAF was to get it for their missionary flying ministry. Well, I sure did rise to the occasion, and I was famous for some time as the character who hauled in the cash for the Cessna. Was it God's will? I doubt it, but you should have heard the passion I rallied. Didn't give a nickel to the project myself. Raising funds and taxes is a pretty suspect vocation folks. But, do you know what? It ain't gonna go away.
Taxes are not evil. But they are also never fair. By the way, who told you life would ever be fair? No one said it would be. It wasn't fair to Able.. Pretty unfair to Joseph... And, what a bum rap Jesus got! It is only a bunch of blithering fools and bumbling babies who think taxes will ever be fair. They won't. I have lived in African countries, and I have friends from all over the world. I can safely say that there is no nation where you get your money's worth from your taxes better than the USA. I like the system we have. It works, it is full of all manner of little loops holes I can use to legally avoid the worst of it, and it is NOT loaded toward the rich. I am lower middle class, and I had to pay a tax man this year to figure out my taxes-- I had so many ways to avoid paying... legal ways that Caesar made for me.
So, you see that I am not mad at Caesar. His tax system is as illegal as it can be... Never passed through Congress... Enforced sometimes brutally... Supports queer art and cross eyed space telescopes. Uh huh. But, you know what? This morning the cops were out and about. The ambulance and fire trucks were standing by. The new highway running by our home doesn't have a pothole in 50 miles. Not a bad life all in all. So, I pay my share, and I gripe a bit I suppose. But, I like the tax assessor-- very fair guy. Democrat at that! I like the dumpy little civil servant in the deeds office. I am glad he is at least working somewhere and not on welfare... He's happy, and he can file deeds... I'll keep paying his wages. Called the dog catcher the other day, and he was here within ten minutes. It really is a pretty good life on a day to day basis.
Now, if you want to stop paying your share buster, get out of here. Go try your tricks in Cuba or Bangladesh, but if you want to be my neighbor, you better pay up. And, don't ever tell me you don't pay your taxes because the Holy Ghost and the Word of God lead you into it. You are the scum of the earth... The ultimate free loader. And, given half a chance, I will turn you in to the Feds, you four flushing blight. You are like natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed. I am deeply grateful to Janet Reno for slapping you back into the system to pay your share. I commend her for at least trying. Any judge or jury who stands up for you deserves to be trashed.
HERE IS PROOF THAT TAX COLLECTING IS NOT A SIN
Luke 19:1 And Jesus entered
and passed through Jericho.
Editor-- Zacchaeus was NOT convicted by Jesus of collecting taxes for the Roman government. He was only convicted by his conscience of fraud. Tax collecting, and conversely, paying Caesar his "due" tax out of ones increase (income tax) is clearly part of acceptable life to Jesus Christ. You may not like this application, but you CANNOT talk Jesus out of this, for Jesus would have certainly NOT let Zacchaeus do half a job of repentance. That would be a sin for God who knows what sin is and is not.
TAX REBELS SUFFER, NOT FOR CHRIST AND THE GOSPEL-- THEY SUFFER FOR THE US CONSTITUTION.
1 Peter 4:14 If ye be reproached
for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth
upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
Editor-- It is high time that Bible believers make a clear break with tax rebels. They need to be set outside the Lord's church fellowship. To allow them inside is to invite the Feds to case out our churches to see who all is with them. And, if I were an IRS agent, I would be in a church where tax rebels hung out every Sunday to see who to go after on Monday.
RENDER TO ALL THEIR DUES
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of
God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Editor-- What is due Caesar? Answer: TAX. We shall soon see that Jesus did NOT teach tax rebellion, and Pilate found Him specifically NOT GUILTY of a charge of tax rebellion made by the Jewish leaders. So, in that context, His teaching to "render to Caesar" is the ONLY commentary on this passage. The US Constitution is a human and profane document which is loaded with anti-biblical content. How utterly stupid to jump from the above passage to the Constitution in order to justify tax revolt. You US tax rebels, tell me something-- How does a Kenyan or Chinese Christian handle this? He has no US Constitution to answer his trick. So, he has to pay tax, right? So, the point of who pays tax is NOT a biblical one, rather; it becomes a geographical one. Thus, the Word of God must be applied according to what country one lives in. This makes the Bible defective for all of humanity. I would like to hear your answer to that one. You weren't ready for that one were you. Ha Ha!
JESUS-- "NOT GUILTY" OF TAX REBELLION
23:1 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.
Editor-- Caesar did not fund the Roman Empire out of his own bank account. He, like all rulers before and after, funded the good life of Rome by collecting taxes all over the Roman Empire. He had his Procurators and Governors in all Provinces who had this as their top priority. Any Roman leader among local people, who taught and encouraged tax rebellion, could expect to be crucified or fight the lions. Pilate HAD to be very interested in finding out if the charge of teaching tax rebellion was true in the case of Jesus. His verdict of "not guilty" is very powerful stuff indeed. Jesus in fact met the test in two ways:
1. He was on record as paying His tax.
Tax rebels are NOT following the example of Jesus. They are clearly out on a limb of pure rebellion, and they deserve to go to "the big house," which is where a number of them end up. We in the Body of Christ need not feel any great pain for them, nor do we have to assume they are even born again. "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft," Samuel told Saul. And, that rebellion of Saul against God's command was the beginning of the end of Saul's victory. Thus it is with ALL tax rebels. A pathological mind, or devil torment, sets in, and they turn slowly to raving fools. I have met a good number.
MARY AND JOSEPH PAID TAX TO CAESAR
2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar
Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
Editor-- In looking for a parent for Jesus humanly, God would NOT choose a dead head who paid taxes to Caesar if that were a gross sin against God. It is clear that if Joseph had been a tax rebel, Jesus would not have been born in Bethlehem, and prophecy would have been a failure in that regard. Read that again please.
Joseph had no reason to take his very pregnant wife to another town, and away from home, for any reason other than a very urgent one. Hey, you tax rebels, tell me about this will you? Any suggestions why Joseph paid Caesar off?
BAD NEWS FOR THE TAX REVOLT
Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
Editor-- This is ornery of me-- I admit it. But, I had to do it. Retribution etc. Do you see who is the smart one in that verse? It is the one who levies the tax on the slothful. Do you see who the tax rebel is in that verse? he is not even in the loop. He is too dumb to find a way to levy the tax and benefit from it. He is too stupid to even be the tax payer. He is a beggar who can't even get into the system of survival at all. Thus, the vast majority of tax rebels are beggars. Dr. Fat Scholar in is a free loading leech. He lives off of the sympathy of the saints who pay their taxes. I have seen this over and over. Are we who obey the Lord in taxation to feel bound to salvage the lives of these idiots? I don't think so.
Indeed, TAX them and RULE them.
LEST WE OFFEND CAESAR, PAY UP
17:25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him,
saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom
or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
Editor-- The point is not whether we will go to jail. The point is not to offend men if at all possible. So, even if the tax is illegal according to the US Constitution, we MUST follow Jesus' example in paying the tax so that we don't offend Caesar. Is that so hard to understand? Also, when we continue to reap the benefits of life in the USA, while we let our neighbours pay the bill on their 1040 form, what kind of testimony will we have with those neighbors? Lousy!
I am astounded at the small minded, feeble brained, diddle heads who cannot understand this simple statement of Jesus. It is clear that Satan hath blinded them, and God has given them over to a reprobate mind and stong delusion. Any person with any mental capacity at all can see that Jesus paid up to avoid a bad testimony and stay out of Caesar's terror.
RENDER TO CAESAR
Matt. 22:15 Then went the
Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
Editor-- It is startling that the Pharisees saw that they had been mastered by Jesus, yet, 2000 years later, Dr. Fat Scholar and his ilk are still trying to talk Jesus out of paying taxes to Caesar. I somehow don't think Jesus is very impressed with their latter day revelation they use to slap Him in the face-- the US Constitution. I am convinced that many tax rebels truly believe that the US Constitution is an inspired revelation which holds just as much weight as the words of Jesus Christ. So, God is now allowing men like Bill Clinton and the world elite, to destroy the rights we have in the US Constitution. We are losing our human rights due to high crimes against the Godhead by trashy rebels in the Lord's Church. So be it!
SUBMIT TO EVERY ORDINANCE OF MAN
1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves
to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
Editor-- Now, like the tax rebels, I am going to get technical for a minute. "Ordinances" are not necessarily laws. A law may state one thing, while an ordinance may state a contradiction to the law. This can only be worked out in higher court. Peter clearly tells us NOT to contest the ordinances, even if we could beat them. Why? Answer: Caesar, or his governor, may lose one round, but our testimony is shot, AND, Caesar has a way, by and by, of making us pay the uttermost farthing.
So, it is a "fault" to play games with Caesar, to refuse his number, to drive without his driver's license, to violate his seatbelt law, to reject his social security number, etc. Are they all nice clean and legal laws? NO! No government on earth ever has, or will have, a set of truly lawful ordinances. Only Messiah will do this, and only HE knows how. He has NOT given us the mandate to trash all the nasty ordinances in the land and start over. That is not in the Bible for the Church Age.
The key word for the saint, regarding human ordinances, is......... SUBMIT. Now, that is really hard to understand, I realize-- It is a most obscure command by Peter, right.? Submit-- Archaic word of course. Needs some deep study to catch the subtle innuendoes. So, read it over and over, and when you finally realize you are NOT called to trash the ordinances of man, go pay your taxes, you jerk!
Philippians 4:22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.
Editor-- Here is my question: What if Paul had refused to honor Caesar? What if Paul had refused to pay his taxes to Caesar, and what if he taught the saints not to pay taxes? How many saints do you think Paul would have won in Caesar's household. This is talking about Caesar's household-- inside the palace, and possibly some of the royals and elite. Your tax rebel pastor will NEVER win a Senator or an IRS agent to Christ. Indeed tax rebel groupies HATE tax collectors. If Matthew came to their church, they would kick his hide out the door and scream curses at him.
By the way, there is not one word about Jesus rejecting Matthew's vocation. Indeed, on one occasion, Jesus was found with a bunch of Matthew's publican friends eating and having a good time. Oh my, turn Him in to the Militia. Bo Gritz should be told at once. On second thought, don't tell Bo Baby-- He might blow his own brains out in despair.
REFUSING TO SUBMIT CAN ONLY BE JUSTIFIED TO AVOID A SPIRITUAL COMPROMISE:
Daniel 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able
to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine
hand, O king.
Acts 4:1 And as they spake unto the people, the
priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
AND.... After Peter's sermon to the Jewish leaders:
Verse 15 But when they had commanded
them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
Editor-- In both cases above, the issue was NOT whether the Constitution or laws of the land were being violated by the king. The issue was exclusively that the command of God was being abrogated by the lower law of man. God, in His Word, commands us to render tribute to Caesar. No human document may be thus used to change that command any more than these men above could find some release from God's law through any human document. AND, these men were ALL prepared to suffer for their choices. They did NOT appeal to some human document to get the Feds off of their backs. They did not sit in a corner and discuss how to destroy the human authority and start over, as my friend heard Baptist pastors doing in one tax rebel church in a mid-western US state.
INCOME TAX COLLECTED BY GOD'S SERVANT:
Genesis 47:13 And
there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the
land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
Editor-- You just read about the establishment of income tax, AND you also read about the civil government taking full possession of the people, body, soul, and spirit. And, grab hold please, the servant of Jehovah did it for a pagan king as his civil servant. Genesis 50:19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?