A Biblical View of Property Tax
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THE BIBLE AND PROPERTY TAX by Pastor Matt Trewhella
The Scriptures address all matters of life - including land matters.
property tax is an evil which the Scriptures speak against and which pulpits
across this nation should denounce. Let me prove this to you.
Let me ask you - who owns the land? Because we live in a statist
most people believe the land belongs to the state and any use that we get of
the land is a privilege granted to us by the State, (and we should be
for it; for whatever we get). But the Bible no where declares that the land
belongs to the State, rather, the Scriptures declare that the land belongs
Exodus 9:29 Moses declares to Pharaoh (who I'm sure thought he
owned the land) "As soon as I have gone out of the city, I will spread out
hands to the Lord; the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail,
you may know that the earth is the Lord's."
Psalm 24:1 "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the
and those that dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas, and
established it upon the waters."
I Corinthians 10:26 Quotes Ps. 24:1 and says "The earth is the
and the fullness thereof."
Leviticus 25:23 God is establishing various laws regarding land and
says to the Israelites "The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land
Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me."
The land belongs to God, not the State. A property tax is the State
declaring that it owns the land, and worse than that, it is the state
usurp the place of God by saying it owns the land.
A property tax is the state declaring that it owns the land. You
this. Just try not paying your property tax and you'll see who owns the
Imagine this. Imagine an America in which there are no homeowners,
just serfs. No one owns a home or land. They simply pay a feudal lord a
special fee in order to remain on the land or in their home. They must
the land and home they live in or the feudal lord can fine, imprison or
them. They must obtain permission from the feudal lord to build onto their
home or make significant improvements. Once they have built or improved
their home, they must pay the feudal lord an increased special fee in order
remain in their home. The feudal lord can also send his agents to inspect
home whenever he wishes and the "homeowner", oh pardon me, the serf must
grant them entry.
The World Book Encyclopedia states that this arrangement is known as
serfdom. They say it ended in the 1700's. But I submit to you that it has
ended. I submit to you that in America, we have simply replaced the feudal
lord with the State. Serfdom is alive and well in America and it is
via the property tax.
The property tax is an unbiblical, evil tax.
#1. The property tax is an unbiblical, evil tax because the Bible no
grants the State jurisdiction to impose a property tax.
Nothing more needs to be said - no where does the Bible grant the
jurisdiction to impose a property tax.
#2. The property tax is an unbiblical, evil tax because it
and disinherits the family.
Land, in God's economy, was meant to be an inheritance to future
generations of family members. Dt. 19:14 and Lev. 25 make this abundantly
clear. A tax on the land is an attempt by the state to defund, dispossess,
disinherit the family. Families that cannot afford the tax will lose their
Supreme Court Chief justice John Marshall, penned these words in the 1819
McCulloch v. Maryland case, "The power to tax is the power to destroy." A
property tax is an attempt by the State to destroy the family!
God intended for families to own land. He intended the land to be an
inheritance to future members of the family. Any laws which the State enacts
to see this end accomplished are just laws, any laws which militate against
God-given design are unjust laws. The land owned by families should not be
taxed by the State, lest they rob future family members of their God-given
#3. The property tax is an unbiblical, evil tax because the Bible
that property tax is an assault upon man's freedom.
God is against property tax because property tax is not only an
upon the family, but because it is also an assault upon man's freedom.
Property is basic to man's freedom. A tyrannical state always limits a man's
use of his property. A tyrannical state always limits a man's use of his
property, taxes it, or confiscates it as a means of enslaving a man without
necessarily touching his person.
The property tax enslaves a man and reduces him to a serf, and this
an assault on a man's freedom.
That God views the property tax as an assault upon man's freedom is
evidenced by Holy Scripture. For example, in I Samuel 8:14-15, God,
speaking through Samuel, tries to convince the children of Israel that they
not want a king like all the other nations. One of the reasons He uses to
and convince them of this is an indirect property tax.
But not only is God's disdain for the property tax evidenced in
by an indirect property tax, but it is also evidenced by a direct property
(which is what America is under today).
II Kings 23:28-37 What does this passage teach us? It teaches us
direct property tax is a sign of an occupied country! A direct property tax
sign that a nation is under oppression and tyranny! That is what Americans
are under today - a direct property tax! In contrast, a familiar cry of the
American Revolution was - "Liberty and property."
Nehemiah 5:4 A direct property tax is a sign of an occupied country.
direct property tax is a sign that a nation is under oppression and tyranny!
The Babylonians still ruled them. And what was imposed? A direct property
Those were three principled, presuppositional reasons a property tax
wrong, now let me give you three practical reasons property tax is wrong.
#1. Property tax is wrong because of what it is used for.
Property tax is collected by city governments, municipalities or
local governments. A small portion is given to the state government. A small
portion is given to the county government. The vast majority is kept by the
It's hard to determine what the state uses its portion for. The
government usually uses a large portion of the small portion it receives for
jails and prisons. These are unbiblical institutions as the Lord demanded
retribution and restitution in His economy.
The local government uses the vast majority of what it keeps for
schools! This is another unbiblical institution. In the Bible, the State is
granted jurisdiction to educate children.
This duty belongs to the family primarily. The Lord granted the
jurisdiction to educate their children. The church is granted jurisdiction
so only as a secondary institution. The State is never given jurisdiction to
so.God intended for the family to educate their children primarily. (What
the State educate children in? Humanism; statism; does not encourage
children to love the Lord their God with all their minds, rather encourages
children not to have God in their thoughts, yes, it teaches them to have
contempt for God).
So, property tax is wrong because of what it is used for.
#2. Property tax is wrong because it removes incentive to improve
If you improve your property, it means you will pay a higher
tax because you have increased the value of your property. Therefore,
property tax acts as a disincentive to improve the condition of one's
#3. Property tax is wrong because it violates our state constitution
Article 1, section 14 of the Wisconsin Constitution says "All lands
within the State are declared to be allodial, and feudal tenures are
What is "allodial?" The 1828 dictionary, which is close to the time
writing of the Wisconsin Constitution defines 'allodial' as "pertaining to
allodium." And how is allodium defined? 'Allodium' is defined as "Freehold
estate; land which is the absolute property of the owner; real estate held
absolute independence; without being subject to any rent, service or
acknowledgement to a superior. It is thus opposed to feud. In England there
is no allodial land, all land being held by the king; but in the United
most lands are allodial." There it is. The land does not belong to the State
not the king's) but to the property owner, to families, as God intended.
All land was declared allodial in our Wisconsin Constitution prior
property tax being brought upon our land. I submit to you that the property
tax makes our land feudal and makes it void of being allodial. Therefore,
property tax is a violation of Article 1 section 14 of the Wisconsin
Property tax is against Scripture, an affront to God, an attempt to
destroy the family, and an assault on man's freedom. We should be opposed
to it therefore.
The reason Americans are under the oppressive property tax is
we are a nation of citizens in rebellion to God and because the American
Church is acting as an idolatrous prostitute. We must not allow the State to
usurp the place of God. We must give Him His proper place and subject
ourselves to His Law.
The attitude of the State regarding the taxation of its citizens can
summed up in the words of former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson. In a
January 15, 1964 White House speech, LBJ, who gave us the Great Socialist
Society, said, "We are going to try to take all the money that we think is
unnecessarily being spent and take it from the 'haves' and give it to the
'have-nots' that need it so much."
What should we do in light of this tyranny?
Am I saying you should not pay your property tax? No, I'm not
you to do that, although God may lead some to do so. It may be a cause for
which He will raise them up. But what we should do is inform this nation
God is not silent. That he speaks to all matters of life, including the
The pulpits of this nation should be aflame with righteousness
this nation to repent of its rebellion and idolatry against God. We should
teaching this counsel from God's Word which I have declared to you in this
pamphlet from pulpits across this nation, so that young people will know it
wrong, and perchance, when they are older they will see this scourge called
property tax abolished from our land.
This was a portion of a sermon by Pastor Matt Trewhella. If you
like a copy of this sermon in its entirety, just send five dollars to:
Mercy Seat Christian Church 10240 W. National Ave. PMB #129
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God bless you,
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