Kevin DeYoung recently posted about a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals in which it was determined that “religious groups who primarily offer radio and internet worship services do not meet the IRS definition of church.” Of course, ultimately, neither the U.S. Court of Appeals nor the IRS get to determine the definition of a church–the Bible does. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy when such groups seem to come up with a definition that is (in my opinion) more biblical than the view of some Christians who are supposed to be concerned with the Bible. Here’s one of the main paragraph’s from DeYoung’s post:
The U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled that religious groups who primarily offer radio and internet worship services do not meet the IRS definition of church. In his ruling, Federal Circuit Court Judge William Bryson emphasized the associational test which defines a church as an organization whose members meet regularly for worship. In addition, the IRS has outlined 14 criteria for determining what is and and is not a church.
DeYoung’s entire post can be accessed here.
- Judge Denies Online Religious Group’s Bid for Church Status (blogs.wsj.com)