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Are Taxes Immoral? Should Christians Pay Taxes?

Posted on June 28, 2017 in Money, Public Policy, Theology by

The question that arose in conversation is whether taxes are appropriate or whether they are theft. Some subsequent conversation is whether Christians should stand against taxes and oppose any form of taxation or dutifully pay our taxes.

There’s one perspective that says: the Bible says theft is sin, taxes are theft, and therefore taxes are sinful.

Though this is a simplification of the position, it is a good summary and starting point for the discussion. This position says that God never ordains taxes and never gives the government authority to impose taxes. Because all authority is derived from God and God never gives explicit authority to impose taxes, taxation is theft. And since theft is a violation of God’s moral law (10 Commandments), any government imposition of taxes is theft and should be opposed.

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