Apples of Gold - December 3 |

Hunt, Dave

It is my understanding that we are to preach the gospel of God’s grace and bring people to a saving knowledge of Christ rather than attempt to bring them under the law, however you want to describe it. I think it’s a hopeless task to try to reform America, and I don’t believe that task was ever given to Christians. As for paying income tax, it’s my understanding from the words of Christ Himself (“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s”) and from His example (having Peter gather the fish with a coin in its mouth to use that coin to pay tax to the government for Peter and for Himself), as well as Romans 13, that we are to be subject to those in authority, and we are to pay custom to whom custom is due.

"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor."