The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A taxing problem

What would it cost society if the church had to pay?

We're all familiar with Christ's injunction to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. As individual Christians we're clearly obligated to pay taxes to support the functions of government.
But what about the church as an organization? Should it, too, contribute to the civil government's maintenance?

This question most often surfaces regarding local property tax. Historically states have granted nonprofit organizations, including religious bodies, a blanket exemption from these taxes.

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