Should You Pay Taxes?

"Render therefore to Kaisar the things that are Kaisar's"

One of the most devious games the modern American citizen tries to play is to get away with paying less taxes than they legally owe. (Of course, the IRS is going to attempt to make you pay more than you owe if they can get away with it, or if you overpay and don't get after them, they will keep your overpayment and say nothing. So this is a game played by both sides. The only difference in law is that you can be held accountable and they cannot.)

Some people will even tell you that the scripture says they don't have to pay taxes to a corrupt government (which means every man controlled government on the earth), but I have never been able to locate scripture that makes a statement that could be viewed as saying that and these people have never been able to show me where it is.

While avoiding taxes through legal means, such as tax deferred certificates and such is perfectly legitimate and morally correct, some will not only try to avoid taxes, but also to evade them. Evasion of legally due taxes, according to the existing laws on the books of the land, is a crime against the duly authorized government of the country, and by the commandments we have received it is also a sin against our Eloah, whose name is Yahuwah.

The various governments of the various countries around the world are in place for one reason and one reason only. They are there to further the plan of the Almighty Eloah that we serve. Remember that Yahuwah raised up Par'oh to further His plan (Rhomaios [Romans] 9:17), and so He has done with every other leader and government of every nation in the world. They serve at His pleasure, regardless of what they may think. He placed them in power for His reasons, and they will be there until He is ready for them to go. If we break the laws established by these leaders and governments, we are in disobedience not only to man, but to our Father also.

While I personally do not believe that the income tax is constitutional, it has been declared to be in that state by the Supreme Court of the land. I know personally that it is unfair, unequal, and oppressive in a country that prides itself on the supposed "equality" and freedom of its citizens. It is supposed to be a "voluntary" tax but if you do not "volunteer" to pay it, confiscation of all of your property plus incarceration is what awaits you when they finally catch up to you. So, like it or not, we are legally and morally bound by it until a true constitutional government is put in place.

    1 Keph (Peter) 2:13-16 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Master's sake whether it is to the king, as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of Yahuwah that with well doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the slaves of Yahuwah.

If you are evading taxes, or for that matter, knowingly breaking any law of the land, from traffic laws to watering your lawn on days you are not supposed to, you are in violation of the will of our Elohiym, and He does not look kindly on people who are disobedient to Him in any form.

If you are in the body of our Savior, pay up. There are other people who are not in the body that see you violating this law. If they know you are in the body, what are they to think? They will be saying things like, "Yeah. Sure. I can sure tell he's a real Christian. He cheats on his taxes." In this way you bring discredit and shame upon your brothers and the whole assembly. If you truly love our Sovereign, take steps to correct the situation now before it is too late. Repent and pray for forgiveness. Then pay your taxes on time and in full. If you know of a brother who is evading taxes or breaking any other law of man or our Eloah it is your responsibility to bring the matter to his attention in a loving manner. If he refuses to comply with the law follow the procedure given by the Master for causing him to come into compliance (See Galates [Galatians] 6:1).

Below are some scriptural evidences showing that our Master Yahushua willingly paid the taxes that He was assessed under the laws of the land and that He said we must also. There is also some general information concerning passages in the scripture that mention taxation.

  • MattiythYahuw (Matthew) 17:24-27 And when they were come to Kaphar Nachuwm they that received tribute money came to Keph and said, "Does your Master not pay tribute?" 25 He said, "Yes." And when he was come into the house Yahushua anticipated him saying, "What do you think, Shim'own? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute2? Of their own children, or of strangers?" 26 Keph said to him, "Of strangers." Yahushua said to him, "Then are the children free. 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them you go to the sea and cast a hook and take up the fish that first comes up. When you have opened his mouth, you shall find a piece of money. Take that and give to them for you and me."

  • MattiythYahuw 22:16-21 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians saying, "Master, we know that you are true and teach the way of Yahuwah in truth. Neither do you care for any man for you do not regard the person of men. 17 Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to give tribute2 to Kaisar or not?" 18 But Yahushua anticipated their wickedness and said, "Why do you tempt me, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the tribute2 money." And they brought to him a coin. 20 And he said to them, "Whose is this image and superscription?" 21 They said to him, "Kaisar's." Then He said to them, "Render therefore to Kaisar the things which are Kaisar's and to Yahuwah the things that are Yahuwah's."

  • Markos (Mark) 12:14 And when they were come, they say to him, "Master, we know that you are true and care for no man for you do not regard the person of men but teach the way of Yahuwah in truth. Is it lawful to give tribute to Kaisar, or not?"

  • Loukas (Luke) 20:22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Kaisar, or no?

  • Loukas 23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation and forbidding to give tribute to Kaisar, saying that he himself is anointed a King.

  • Rhomaios (Romans) 13:5-8 Wherefore you need to be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For this cause you pay tribute also, for they are Yahuwah's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues. Tribute3 to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another, for he that loves another has fulfilled the law.

The below definitions are the words from which "tribute" had been rendered.

  1. G1323. didrachmon, did'-rakh-mon; from G1364 and G1406; a double drachma (didrachm):--tribute.

  2. G2778. kensos, kane'-sos; of Latin origin; properly an enrollment ("census"), i.e. (by implication) a tax:--tribute.

  3. G5411. phoros, for'-os; from G5342; a load (as borne), i.e. (fig.) a tax (prop. an individ. assessment on persons or property; whereas G5056 is usually a gen. toll on goods or travel):--tribute.

The people who did the collecting of this tribute, or taxes, were called publicans by the translators. The word publican is translated from the Greek word telones (tel-o'-nace) and means a "tax-farmer" or collector of public revenue. The head tax collector was called the architelones.

In the story of the birth of Yahushua found in the gospel according to Loukas it is stated that Miryam and Yowseph were in Bayith-Lechem to be taxed. In actuality they were there for a census. The word translated as tax here is apographe (ap-og-raf-ay'), which literally means an enrollment. Taxation, or an assessment, is implied, but not definitely stated.

Use this information wisely. Study the word and you will see that this life is short. So short that the tribulations we seem to have to bear are not there but for a moment. We will be kicked around, but not for long, and if we are found to be in obedience to the will of Yahuwah the next life will be everlasting and in paradise. There we will not have to put up with corrupt governments and taxation. So smile when you pay your taxes. The person collecting them has to answer to the same Eloah we answer to.

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Man's Law and the Child of Yahuwah

C.F. Castleberry