Several pastors and church related ministries have publicly declared that they are taking on the IRS in this election year in a no-holds-barred fight. If the IRS doesn’t like it, they can basically go take a hike because it’s going to be business as usual with them, even if their tax-exempt status is put in jeopardy.
Mark Holick, Pastor of Spirit One Christian Center in Wichita, Kansas, and Wiley Drake, Pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, CA, both of whom have received letters of inquiry from the IRS for “political” activity, are leading the way in this battle. There are currently four Religious Liberty Advocacy Law Centers that have joined the fray. The Alliance Defense Fund, led by Allen Sears; the Liberty Counsel directed by Matt Staver; the Christian Law Association founded by David Gibbs, Jr.; and Pat Robertson’s Center for Law and Justice under the leadership of Jay Sekulow. John Whitehead’s Heritage Foundation is also expected to be involved at some level.
With the support of these powerful law firms, it seems that the pastors are throwing caution to the winds and literally spitting in the eye of the tiger this election year. Jonathan Falwell was one of the first to throw down the gauntlet by inviting Mike Huckabee to speak at the Thomas Road Baptist church on a Sunday morning in Lynchburg just before the Virginia Primary.