On his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast yesterday, “Coach” Dave Daubenmire interviewed “firefighter prophet” Mark Taylor, whose claim to fame is that God supposedly told him back in 2011 that Donald Trump would become president.
Daubenmire and Taylor spent a good bit of time on the webcast discussing the IRS’s 501(c)(3) designation, which neither of them seemed to understand, considering that Daubenmire wondered why President Trump “hasn’t executive ordered the end of the 501(c)(3) muzzle” on churches, while Taylor said that he has been prohibited by God from even stepping “foot into a 501(c)(3) church.”
Churches and other houses of worship with tax-exempt status are barred from engaging in electoral politics, such as openly endorsing a candidate for political office, but Trump, who has said that he wants to eliminate the prohibition on political activity, cannot simply issue an executive order to scrap the law, as Daubenmire suggested. As for Taylor, if he really has been instructed by God to stay out of all 501(c)(3) churches, then he can never enter any church since, as the right-wing Alliance Defending Freedom explains, “all churches are subject to section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code whether they apply for recognition as a 501(c)(3) organization or not.”
But not knowing what they are talking about did not stop Daubenmire and Taylor from issuing dire warnings about the dangers of 501(c)(3) status, which Taylor stated is part of “the Baal system.”
“When [churches] enter into that 501(c)(3), they have entered into covenant with the kingdom of darkness,” Taylor said. “They took a bribe is what they did. The Bible says when you take a bribe, it blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous, so it’s blinded the eyes of those who have come into the covenant and it’s perverting their words. The Lord flat out told me, ‘Mark, many have come before you with this 501(c)(3) message,’ He said, ‘You’re the last.’ He said, ‘I gave you that prophetic word for the 501(c)(3), I don’t even want you stepping foot into a 501(c)(3) church, otherwise you will be blinded and your words will become defiled.’ So I can’t even step foot into a 501(c)(3) church right now because the church and its leadership is under judgment and that 501(c)(3) system, especially, is under judgment.”
While the two were displeased that Trump hasn’t moved quickly enough to change the tax code, Taylor later stated that every Christian should be thankful for his election because had Hillary Clinton won, her administration “was going to use the 501(c)(3) to shut the churches down and turn them into a mosque.”