(This was before Driscoll lost his housing allowance case on appeal.-RLBaty) http://www.kcm.org.uk/images/magazine_pdfs/BVoV%20Europe%20Web%2011-11.pdf A HighMessage 1 of 1 , Feb 26, 2012View Source(This was before Driscoll lost his housing allowance case on appeal.-RLBaty)
A High Note of Victory
by Melanie Hemry
Friends in High Places
Thrilled to be ministering in the Christian arena, he
was surprised when the Lord opened doors for him in the
political arena as well.
Invited to the White House on numerous occasions,
Phil played for Presidents
> Reagan,He has also played at the Democratic National Convention,
> George Bush, Sr.,
> George Bush, Jr., and
as well as for many national Republican gatherings. One
of the highlights of his career was being asked by
Secretary of Defense William Cohen, to perform for the
Congressional Medal of Honor award winners where he was
accompanied by the United States Marine Band.
Naïve to the ulterior motives so common among the politically
and financially well-connected, Phil had no idea others
might want to use him as a steppingstone to the nation's
leaders with whom he had become friends.
> "I'd never had any big partnershe explained,
> with my ministry,"
> "but in 1998 a man named David started givingDavid asked.
> us a lot of money. He flew in for a tour, and
> got a call that he needed to go to Memphis.
> There were no commercial flights available so
> I flew him in my plane. I'd sold our Conquest
> II and was flying a little 421."
> "Why are you flying this plane?"
> "I sold my Conquest and I'm believing God forDavid said,
> a Citation II."
> "Why don't you buy one?"
> "As of today the money hasn't come into my hand."
> "Well it has now. Go get the airplane,"
> "I'll pay for it."Phil recalled.
> "After David had paid for our airplane, I was
> reading a magazine and saw a picture of him
> in the Cayman Islands with a caption that said,
>> `Would you trust this man with your money?'"
> "I felt alarms go off and wondered if he had anA Fiery Trial
> ulterior motive for investing so much money into
> my ministry.
David got in trouble with the law and eventually turned
himself in to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Phil
said. Soon, after that, Phil learned that if someone who's
done something illegal has given more than 15 percent of
their income into a 501(c)(3), the government has the right
to demand all the money back.
> "The biggest gift he'd given our ministry wasPhil said.
> the airplane, which cost $2.2 million,"
> "I offered the Internal Revenue Service $2.2 millionan FBI agent said on the phone a few days later.
> in restitution, but they refused it."
> "I have a warrant for the arrest of your airplane,"
> "What?"Phil asked, incredulous.
After rejecting his offer, the government took the Citation II
and held it for three years before selling it for $800,000.
> "The day after the plane was seized, the IRS readPhil recalls.
> me my rights at the front door,"
> "David had fabricated a note and said I signed it.Next, the IRS brought a criminal action against Phil
> That wasn't true but, even so, the media had a
> feeding frenzy. David's contributions caused a
> number of ministries to go bankrupt and we were no
> exception. I filed for Chapter 11 and then reaffirmed
> every note except for the SEC. I sold our home of 20
> years, my studio, my officeeverything we ownedpaid
> off all our debts and moved to Georgia."
alleging he claimed a tax deduction for a second home,
which the IRS claimed was unlawful. He was also charged
with using ministry funds to bury his mother who was a
longtime intercessor for the ministry.
After a long and grueling trial, the jury foreman read the
> "Guilty!"A New Level of Faith
On March 13, 2007, Phil Driscoll was booked into prison
in Atlanta. It was one thing to use his faith to become one of
the top musicians in the world. It required a whole new level
of faith to trust God when he'd lost everything and a prison
door had just been slammed shut behind him. In 23-hour
lockdown for almost two weeks, Phil was allowed no contact
with his family. He shared a cell with a violent, angry
man. There he had to believe God just to stay alive.
Living in a dangerous, racially charged atmosphere,
loneliness dogged him. Many pastors and close personal
friends walked away.
Kenneth Copeland wasn't among them.
Brother Copeland flew to Atlanta and spent an entire
day with Phil, encouraging him in the Lord. Another pastor
friend, Mark Barclay, also spent time with Phil and gave
him a special word from God:
> "Though things feel and look dead to you,Picking Up the Pieces
> I am busying Myself setting up the future
> ministry plan. It is an accelerated plan.
> Wait till you see all I have in store
> for you! says the Lord of Phil Driscoll."
On Dec. 23, 2007, Phil was released from prison. When he
stepped outside, Kenneth Copeland was there waiting for him.
It was no surprise, really.
He had continued to stand by Phil, both publicly and in private, throughout his ordeal.
Kenneth had made a bold declaration concerning Phil's case saying,
> "What he did wasn't even illegal!"They had lost everything financially and now faced mounting
Phil awaited the verdict of the civil suit stemming from his conviction, which had lumbered on for three years. It had been
a long battle, one no one expected him to win.
When the verdict was read, Phil heard a symphony explode in
Turning the Tables
In an unprecedented landmark case, the Tax Court ruled against
the IRS, finding them in the wrong.
Not only did the judges rule in Phil's favor, they chastised
the IRS saying they had no business interpreting the law any
way they wished.
The ruling went further, noting that if the legislature wanted parsonage and housing allowances to apply to only one house, it
would have said so.
Kenneth Copeland said it long before the court ruled:
> Phil Driscoll hadn't done anything illegal.In one fell swoop, God not only vindicated Phil, He clarified
a law that would benefit tens of thousands of ministries.
The IRS has appealed the decision.
His story is far from over...
Editor's Note: Phil's lead counsel, Brooke Asiatico,
has formed the "Faith & Freedom Fund," which is a
tax-exempt legal defense fund which will be used in
defending this and other similar court cases.