By Bob Smietana
Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the IRS. Churches risked losing their tax-exempt status if the preacher endorsed a candidate in a sermon.
It’s time for that to change, most Protestant pastors say in a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
More than 7 in 10 say Congress should bar the IRS from punishing a church for sermon content. And 9 in 10 say their sermons should be free from government oversight.
“Most pastors believe the pulpit should be off-limits to the government,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. [Read more…]