NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the 1950s, Congress banned charitable nonprofits--including churches -- from endorsing candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the IRS. Churches risked losing their tax-exempt status if the preacher endorsed a candidate in a sermon.
It's time for that to change, most Protestant pastors say in a new survey from LifeWay Research released today (Oct. 16).
More than 7 in 10 say Congress should bar the IRS from punishing a church for sermon content. And 9 in 10 say their sermons should be free from government oversight. Read More