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A Biblical View of Property Tax

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    Tim Kiley posted this to the list. This is what I thought was relevant to the list: THE BIBLE AND PROPERTY TAX by Pastor Matt Trewhella www.mercyseat.net The
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 3, 2003
      Tim Kiley posted this to the list. This is what I thought was relevant to
      the list:


      THE BIBLE AND PROPERTY TAX by Pastor Matt Trewhella

      www.mercyseat.net

      The Scriptures address all matters of life - including land matters.
      The
      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
      nation,
      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
      thankful
      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
      to
      God!

      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
      my
      hands to the Lord; the thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail,
      that
      you may know that the earth is the Lord's."

      Psalm 24:1 "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the
      world
      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
      Lord's
      and the fullness thereof."

      Leviticus 25:23 God is establishing various laws regarding land and
      He
      says to the Israelites "The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land
      is
      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
      attempting to
      usurp the place of God by saying it owns the land.

      A property tax is the state declaring that it owns the land. You
      doubt
      this. Just try not paying your property tax and you'll see who owns the
      land.

      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
      maintain
      the land and home they live in or the feudal lord can fine, imprison or
      evict
      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
      to
      remain in their home. The feudal lord can also send his agents to inspect
      the
      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
      not
      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
      maintained
      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
      where
      grants the State jurisdiction to impose a property tax.

      Nothing more needs to be said - no where does the Bible grant the
      State
      jurisdiction to impose a property tax.

      #2. The property tax is an unbiblical, evil tax because it
      dispossesses
      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,
      and
      disinherit the family. Families that cannot afford the tax will lose their
      land!
      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
      this
      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
      inheritance.

      #3. The property tax is an unbiblical, evil tax because the Bible
      teaches
      that property tax is an assault upon man's freedom.

      God is against property tax because property tax is not only an
      assault
      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
      is
      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
      do
      not want a king like all the other nations. One of the reasons He uses to
      try
      and convince them of this is an indirect property tax.

      But not only is God's disdain for the property tax evidenced in
      Scripture
      by an indirect property tax, but it is also evidenced by a direct property
      tax
      (which is what America is under today).

      II Kings 23:28-37 What does this passage teach us? It teaches us
      that a
      direct property tax is a sign of an occupied country! A direct property tax
      is a
      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.
      A
      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
      tax!

      Those were three principled, presuppositional reasons a property tax
      is
      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
      various
      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
      local government.

      It's hard to determine what the state uses its portion for. The
      county
      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
      never
      granted jurisdiction to educate children.

      This duty belongs to the family primarily. The Lord granted the
      family
      jurisdiction to educate their children. The church is granted jurisdiction
      to do
      so only as a secondary institution. The State is never given jurisdiction to
      do
      so.God intended for the family to educate their children primarily. (What
      does
      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
      one's
      property.

      If you improve your property, it means you will pay a higher
      property
      tax because you have increased the value of your property. Therefore,
      property tax acts as a disincentive to improve the condition of one's
      property.

      #3. Property tax is wrong because it violates our state constitution
      here
      in Wisconsin.

      Article 1, section 14 of the Wisconsin Constitution says "All lands
      within the State are declared to be allodial, and feudal tenures are
      prohibited."

      What is "allodial?" The 1828 dictionary, which is close to the time
      of the
      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
      in
      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
      States
      most lands are allodial." There it is. The land does not belong to the State
      (its
      not the king's) but to the property owner, to families, as God intended.

      All land was declared allodial in our Wisconsin Constitution prior
      to any
      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,
      the
      property tax is a violation of Article 1 section 14 of the Wisconsin
      Constitution.

      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
      because
      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
      be
      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
      telling
      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
      that
      God is not silent. That he speaks to all matters of life, including the
      matter of
      property tax.

      The pulpits of this nation should be aflame with righteousness
      calling
      this nation to repent of its rebellion and idolatry against God. We should
      be
      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
      is
      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
      would
      like a copy of this sermon in its entirety, just send five dollars to:

      Mercy Seat Christian Church 10240 W. National Ave. PMB #129
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227 262-628-9169

      www.mercyseat.com

      God bless you,

      Tim Kiley

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