'Pulpit Freedom Sunday' to Defy IRS

"My support for these candidates has nothing to do with their party or their skin color or any other non-biblically related issue," he said.

Shelley, like many other pastors, is hoping that the IRS does come after him, according to The Tennessean newspaper.

"We're the ones that have equity with the thousands of people that attend this church," Pastor Steve Riggle of Grace Community Church in Houston said in an ADF video.

"I don't run their lives, I don't tell them what to do, but I'm going to speak into their lives, and if I'm not speaking into their lives on the issues that have made the nation great, and the issues that God cares about, then who is?" he said.

Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, has made it clear that participating churches have plenty to lose.

"Tax exemption is not a right; it's a privilege that comes with certain restrictions," Lynn said.

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