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Is Free Speech Really Free?

Posted on December 06, 2017
Is Free Speech Really Free?
Freedom of speech has been a hallmark of American freedom for more than 200 years. In the 1950s, churches were granted tax-exempt status with the caveat that they could not give support to political candidates. According to some, this restriction limits freedom of speech and should be removed from the law.

Currently, a bill is being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives that would permit churches to support their political candidates and issues. While the proposed bill appeals to the freedom of speech clause in the Bill of Rights, the current bill ignores the fact that tax-exempt status is a choice, not a right. Churches can choose to be tax exempt and stay out of political issues—or they can choose to openly support political efforts and pay taxes like everyone else.

Still, more than 4,000 currently tax-exempt organizations are concerned about the proposed bill because, although the current law does not directly interfere with religious liberty, the proposed changes would open the door for a host of regulations and government interference in the future. This new law would apply to all churches and could create serious issues for the separation of church and state that safeguards religious liberty.

Prophecies in Revelation 13 tell us that in the last days of earth’s history, religion and economic policies will be combined to force people to worship the beast power. “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:16, 17).

In contrast to the political pressure from the beast power, God’s true church will hold fast to the Bible Sabbath and honor God by faithfully keeping all His commandments. ”Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).

As we look to the future and watch the changes in the political landscape, we need to take the opportunity to share with our friends and family the truth about the future and the importance of honoring God’s holy Sabbath.

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