Man tells IRS he is a resident of 'heaven,' owes no taxes
A 40-year-old Melbourne man who told IRS agents he was not subject to manâ€™s laws but instead was an American national who â€śresided in the Kingdom of Heaven,â€ť pled not guilty this week to charges he filed false tax returns.
Russell P. Gentile also faces one count of obstruction of an IRS agent after a grand jury indicted him.
Gentile was taken into custody Wednesday and had an initial appearance before a U.S. Middle District judge in Orlando hours later. He was released on bond and will have another hearing Feb. 14 on the federal charges....
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: As we have seen, the two primary duties of authority are to punish evildoers and to reward those who do right. Yet government also has a third function â€” collecting taxes:
"For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor" (Romans 13:6-7).
I would think that your typical dictator would be more than happy to "send" a smart-aleck like this back to where he claimed his residence supposedly is; and then let him choose between firing squad, gallows, guillotine, etc.
We don't know how incredibly good we have it here in the modern USA compared to what (as Neil just pointed out below) our ancient counterparts were subject to.
Christ is my Lord wrote: Pay unto Ceasar what is carsar's.
And remember that the CĂ¦sars (Tiberius during Jesus's ministry, Nero during Paul's) were dictators for life, with a servile Senate having only nominal authority. By the time of Christ, the Republic was dead ☠. This was the world the early Church had to contend with.