Our Nation’s Founding Fathers gave us something many other countries do not enjoy and that is the protected right of Free Speech that is granted in the first amendment to our Constitution. However, freedoms do not come without responsibility. For instance, you may have the right to free speech, but you do not have the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theatre. With that said, Pastors may enjoy the Constitutional right of Freedom of Speech, but there are some restrictions to that right when operating under the Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) umbrella. So, what are some dos and don’ts?
Pastors are unique people who have a tremendous responsibility to “watch” for the souls of those who attend their Churches. Not only must they preach an uncompromised truth from Scripture, but often, members will want the Pastor’s personal opinions. Unfortunately, some of these opinions may not be legal.