Sixty days have now come and gone since Pulpit Freedom Sunday 2011. That day is when 539 pastors from across the United States stood in their pulpits and proclaimed biblical truth about candidates and elections. The participating pastors recorded their sermons and sent them to the IRS in the hopes of generating a legal challenge to overturn the Johnson Amendment.
As of the time I write this blog, the IRS has not responded in any way to any of the pastors who participated in Pulpit Freedom Sunday. In fact, pastors have been participating in Pulpit Freedom Sunday since 2008 but no pastor has ever been punished or censored by the IRS for a Pulpit Freedom Sunday sermon.
There is no way we can know exactly what is happening at the IRS and why it has not responded. In a previous blog, I listed some possible reasons why the IRS has not responded. But the IRS’ lack of response is really not the important issue. Instead, what is important is that Pulpit Freedom Sunday is growing into a nationwide movement of pastors who are unafraid to speak the truth from their pulpits no matter the consequences. And that is what America needs right now.
For too long, pastors have shied away from things that are deemed by society as “political.” But as I pointed out previously, society continues to label biblical issues “political” in an attempt to keep pastors and churches from talking about them.
It is encouraging to see pastors awakening to the need for bold, biblical preaching from the pulpit on the vital issue confronting our country. And I hope that more pastors will see this need and join Pulpit Freedom Sunday in 2012. If you are a pastor, you can sign up now at www.pulpitfreedom.org. Pulpit Freedom Sunday will be October 6-7, 2012.
Oh, and if the IRS ever does decide to investigate or punish a pastor for something said from the pulpit, ADF will be there to represent the pastor free of charge and we will seek to have the Johnson Amendment declared unconstitutional. Whether we have to wait 60 days, 60 months, or even longer to determine whether the IRS will respond, we will not quit until every pastor has the right to speak freely from the pulpit without fearing any governmental censorship or punishment.