Christian College leader says taxes are part of religion
A local Christian leader on Thursday testified against Pensacola evangelist Kent Hovind, explaining the Bible does not condone tax evasion.
Rebekah Horton, Pensacola Christian College's longtime senior vice president, took the stand during the second day of testimony at the federal trial.
Hovind, who calls himself "Dr. Dino," faces 58 charges. He is accused of evading $473,818 in federal income, Social Security and Medicare employee taxes at his Creation Science Evangelism Ministry, which includes Dinosaur Adventure Land on North Palafox Street, a creationist theme park dedicated to debunking evolution....
Kent spoke boldly and warned the flock.. rendered to GOD According to the IRS,501 c-3 Christian churches, ministries, and organizations may not: Expose conspiracies.Criticize the New World Order. .Criticize government agencies and bureaus Criticize an institution of government such as the White House, the Congress, the Federal Reserve Board, or the Supreme Court. Criticize any proposed or pending bill or legislation that would take away the rights and freedoms of the people.Support or encourage a law-abiding citizen's militia.Support or encourage the Second Amendment, the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Address homosexual rights or the pushing of a sodomite agenda in schools Appeal to peoples' emotions by employing an evangelization method such as "fire and brimstone" preaching) Discuss or identify threats to Christianity.Criticize the civil powers of the the Vatican United Nations or Council on Foreign Relations Highlight or otherwise bring attention to immorality of public officials or corruption in government. Complain of government persecution ,such as happened at Waco, Ruby Ridge, and elsewhere
Isa 59:14 - And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Dr. Kent Hovind is not protesting paying taxes. He pays taxes every time he shops at WalMart, or gets gas (7.5 percent in Florida).
What Dr. Hovind is on trial for is whether he should have to pay personal taxes for the ministry. He fits under the same description as a Roman Catholic Priest or Nun, and so should not.
It is terrible how Christians have attacked him, without even hearing his position. Why do they believe Beka Horton, whose ministry owed the IRS 50 MILLION dollars in taxes? You can read about that on Christianity Today's website. They had to pay all that money off in 1996.
Pray for Dr. Kent Hovind, that God may continue his ministry in the future and that truth would prevail...And stop believing everything you read in the liberal Pensacola News Journal!