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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Curse On The Land

Yesterday, I had another opportunity to witness a property tax sale. This occurs when the owner of a parcel of property is either unable or unwilling to pay the taxes due on his land. The state has a permanent lien, or claim, on your property which must be removed once a year. Basically, this means you never really own your property, you are just renting it from the state. I have observed this event in the past, it occurs every year about this time in Alabama. As the parcels were being auctioned off one at a time, to either individuals or sold to the state, I felt a genuine sadness at the realization of another instance where the state is violating God's law.

Leviticus 25:23 says, "Also, the land shall not be sold to be cut off from the family: for the land is mine, and ye be but strangers and sojourners with me". Property tax is the most unbiblical of all taxes because the state is setting itself up in the place of God, and saying in effect "the land belongs to us and you must pay to use it."

Bible verses used from the 1599 Geneva Bible

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