There is a huge problem within the Church world in the USA. Many within the Church population feel as if they never have to worry about any form of Government intrusion to Houses of Worship. Many want to hold to an unconstitutional mindset that there is such a thing as Separation of Church and State. That idea was included in the writings of the Federalist Papers, not the Constitution. With that said, the Government is quick to use it for as long as it is only for their benefit.
Then there is the group that thinks because they are Christian that they are totally protected by God from any Government infringement against them or their Church. I was teaching a Clergy Tax and Law Conference in Memphis. There was a Church Bookkeeper in attendance whose books were so far out of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Compliance, that should she be audited she would spend many years in a Federal Prison. When I asked her how she was going to fix it, her reply was, “I am going to pray and God will not let anything happen to me.” There is nothing wrong with prayer, but prayer cannot protect someone who is purposely violating the laws of the land (Rom. 13:1-3).
By Dr. Michael Chitwood