The senator who has investigated six prominent charismatic ministries for questionable finances has praised one of them—Joyce Meyer Ministries—for joining the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
Simply expects tax-exempt ministries to follow the law
Jan 15, 2008
Senator Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican who is investigating the finances of six prominent Pentecostal and charismatic ministries, says he doesn’t plan to hold hearings on any individual ministry and hopes he won’t have to subpoena any of them.
While the Bush-Cheney campaign defended the legality of urging churchgoing volunteers to turn over parish rolls for political organizing, Internal Revenue Service officials spelled out the ways that congregations could risk fines or the loss of their tax exemptions.
The Unitarian Univeralist Association prides itself on having no official creed and boasting an unorthodox mix of religious beliefs. As such, the Texas state comptroller recently denied tax-exempt status to a UUA congregation in Denison because it “does not have one system of belief”—then reversed the ruling after the unusual denial became widely known.
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