The television show, “Preachers of LA,” has been praised as a show that brings the church to the people. But critics have called the show an abomination, presenting pastors as rap stars, with fancy cars, big houses and all the other things that suggest that they might worship money more than they worship God.
A release by a group that calls itself the “Church Folk Revolution” at PimpPreacher.com is now stating that the show’s celebration of greed might be catching up to the pastors who are involved. The group says that the IRS has been watching the show as part of its investigation into whether or not these pastors and their churches should be tax exempt.
According to the release:
“During the first season of the Preachers of L.A. fans of the show received unprecedented access to the lifestyles of pastors like Bishop Noel Jones, as the show captured his extravagant homes, and luxury cars. All of which were Tax Free. The Pastors even boasted about living the life of Rap Stars, but there is one major issue with that comparison, Rap Stars like Jay-Z pay millions of dollars in Taxes.”
According to the release, US District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, stating that clergy should not be given the advantage of not having to pay taxes. Their lack of taxation allows them to bid higher prices for real estate, automobiles and other property they seek to own, which is unfair to Americans who have to pay Uncle Sam.
As per the release:
The second blow came earlier this week when the same court issued another ruling that would allow a lawsuit that could force all pastors to report every dime they receive or face prison time for tax evasion. The day of Pastors having members line up to give a $500 Love Offering could soon see someone at the end of that line with a Wal-Mart like cash register to track the taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service.
So, what do you think? Are preachers getting over on people or should they continue to be tax exempt? If a preacher lives like the ones on the Preachers of LA, should that person be subject to additional scrutiny?