The question on most people’s minds is; are these churches businesses or religious sects. Should they be taxed or not? In the bible did the church pay tax?
TB Joshua, Emmanuel Makandiwa, Pales Mboro, Bushiri, Urbert Angel just to mention a few. These are rich pastors and prophets. Their congregants give more in tithes and offerings.
In South Africa, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) did a survey to see how church leaders and congregants will say on churches being taxed.
“Religion is a big business and religious leaders should also pay tax,” said the CRL in a statement following its recent investigation to reports of irregular practises by some church leaders.
This was a statement that emerged in the final Report of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) on commercialisation of churches.
“You know, to run my ministry I need a million rands a month to keep this thing going. You would be mistaken if you thought that this was a ministry in government. There’s just one problem – it’s not,” Paseka Mboro one of the church leaders reacting to the call for tax by CRL.
Some of the recommendations made by the commission included;
- Religious leaders and institutions must be registered and pay tax like any other business in South Africa.
- Foreign nationals wishing to open churches in South Africa should undergo a strict vetting process.
However, religious leader Pastor Paseka “Mboro” Motsoeneng had announced that he intends to take legal action against the CRL and also slammed the commission saying that it continually attacked and painted him in a bad light.
The religious leader threatened to shut down his church if his followers don’t help him with legal bills to sue the CRL Rights Commission. He also said that religious leaders cannot be regulated by people who don’t understand their mandate from God. He has since threatened to stop helping those in need if his supporters don’t assist him with the lawsuit.
What do you think?
Author: Staff Writer