Paying Your Taxes, Part 1 Podcast by Pastor John MacArthur for Grace to You
Well, let’s open our Bibles tonight to the 13th chapter of Romans, Romans chapter 13. And I’m encouraged that all of you have come tonight in spite of the subject. We’re going to be talking about the biblical instruction to pay your taxes. That’s where we find ourselves in our continuing study of this great epistle of Romans. Romans chapter 13, we’re going to be looking at verses 6 and 7. So I might read them to you just as a setting for our message. “For, for this cause pay ye tribute also, for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render, therefore, to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.”
It seems a very basic reality of human behavior that no one likes to pay taxes. Poor people don’t like to pay taxes, because when they start out with a little and have to pay taxes, they end up with even less. And rich people don’t like to pay taxes, because the more they have, the more tax they have to pay. The bigger bite the government takes in taxes. So everybody, basically, is negative on taxes. In fact, it might seem somewhat ridiculous now, but this country was originally founded as a protest against taxation. If you remember your American history, you will remember that. We were born out of a…out of a revolution built on taxation without representation.