To Pay or not to Pay

Matthew 17:24-27

I’ve had people try to convince me that paying taxes makes me an accomplice to the government system that operates by the mark of the beast. I have paid my taxes!

I know how the IRS operates when they think taxes are not being paid. It happened to me. They sent me a letter saying that I did not pay a certain amount of taxes. By the time they sent me the letter, a massive number of late charges were added. Then they informed me that they will have my paycheck garnered if the taxes are not paid. Basically, the IRS has the power to totally destroy a person’s life over unpaid taxes. Instead of paying what they asked, I sent receipts proving that I had paid in full. Then, they sent a letter acknowledging that my taxes were paid in full. Anyway, Jesus says to pay the taxes, “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” Matthew 17:27

Another interesting aspect to this is something that I hear constantly, that the poorest of the population are paying more taxes than the wealthiest. They say the wealthiest are paying just about nothing. Jesus said this, “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered.” Matthew 17:25b-27a

Jesus says the children are exempt. Jesus wants us to know that when He returns to carry His children into the New Jerusalem, all debts are paid, all taxes are paid. We who hold to the testimony of Jesus Christ will have nothing to pay because the tax debt is paid at the Cross. Those who reject Jesus Christ and choose the mark of the beast will have a huge tax burden to settle, payment will be paid in eternal torment. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him.” Matthew 17:25-26

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