The Pastor called me and said he had some exciting news that he wanted to share with me. A few moments into the conversation I discovered the news was that his Church was paying for an all-expense paid vacation and intended to make the checks payable to the airline, and hotels. When I questioned him as to why they were doing it in this manner, he informed me that they did not want him to be required to pay taxes on that which they considered as a blessing from the Church.
First of all, I am excited that a Church would have that kind of spirit where they would look for ways to bless their Pastor – rather than be a hindrance to him or her. As much as I was thrilled for him, I was much more shocked at the lack of integrity and the level of possible criminal activity I was hearing.