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***************** PRESS RELEASE -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Norman Olson, 231-548-5878. Pastor Greg Dixon 317-783-6753
Militias Mobilize To Prevent Another Mt. Carmel
Citizen Militias On Alert as Feds Prepare to Move Against Another Church
Militia To Converge in Indianapolis on March 4
Alanson, MI (Feb 25) -- Militia units across America are mobilizing today in preparation to defend the Indianapolis Baptist Temple, a large church that has been the target of IRS tax collectors for nearly a decade.
The confrontation shaping up in Indianapolis will pit the church against the 7th Circuit Court which it has vowed to defy. The 7th Circuit Court has ordered the church to vacate and allow the government to confiscate the church on April 10, as a result of failure to pay taxes and penalties amounting to nearly $6 million.
The church has not and will not register as a 501(c)3 ecclesiastical corporation, which according to the IRS, it must do. Furthermore, it refuses to act as a tax collector for the federal government by withholding taxes from employees paychecks. The church and its day school has continued to operate independent of all government involvement in its affairs.
Upon receiving the court order, the Indiana militia began to look into the matter. On Tuesday, it was announced that the Kentucky and Ohio militia will join with Indiana to defend the church. Today, Norman Olson, nationally known militia leader who testified before the US Senate on militia activities, said that he will urge militias and pastors across the country to prepare to defend the church. According to Olson, support from militia groups across America is flooding in. Olson says that April is significant, as all Americans should know.
The Baptist Temple Church, 2711 S. East St., Indianapolis, has a Sunday attendance of about 1000. The former pastor of 50 years, Pastor Greg Dixon, said in a radio interview just days ago, "this is a free country, with free speech and freedom of religion. The people of the congregation do not plan to leave their church." April 10, 2000, is the deadline imposed by the court. After that date, the court has said that it would order the receiver who has already been assigned, to seize and sell the property. With perhaps thousands of militia and members surrounding the church, this may not be an easy task.
Olson, co-founder of the Michigan Militia and pastor of Freedom Church in Wolverine, MI, also an unregistered church, said in a press release today, "April 10 could be the beginning of WACO II. The court and the federal government have not only challenged the church, but also the citizen militia of this country. We have vowed that there will be no more Wacos. We will be at the Indianapolis Baptist Temple to make sure the federal government doesn't do to this church what it did to the Branch Davidians at Mt. Carmel. If the federals are itching for a fight in downtown Indianapolis, they may not have to wait too long. I guarantee that the media won't be kept five miles away this time. Is this what Clinton and Reno want as the final achievement in their regime?"
The press release issued by the church yesterday provides further background:
Press Release from Pastor Greg Dixon:
Re: US v Indianapolis Baptist Temple Cause # IP 98-0498-C-B/S
In the 50th anniversary year of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple, Sarah Evens Barker, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, signed an Entry MODIFYING TERMS OF STAY OF EXECUTION OF JUDGMENT PENDING APPEAL, dated February 10, which reverses a previous agreement that she made with the church and has made demands that the church cannot meet which, unless changed, will result in the selling of the church property some time after April 10, 2000. The church through it's Council, Albert F. Cunningham of Redding, California, plans to go immediately to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, Illinois, to ask for an injunction against the court which, if successful, will result in the church remaining on its property at 2711 S. East Street during the appeals process.
On November 10, 1999, Judge Barker signed a summary judgment order including foreclosure and sale of the property of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple. The judgment included penalties, interest, and other additions now totals approximately $6 million. The Judgment is for alleged uncollected and unpaid 941 taxes on those who minister at the church from 1987 to '93. Judge Barker had accepted the Baptist Temple's position that the property should not be vacated pending appeal. She agreed that if the property should be sold, the church would suffer irreparable harm even if it prevailed on appeal. She further agreed that the parents of the children in the church education ministry would also be harmed because they would not be able to find suitable schools for their children after the semester had been in progress for several weeks.
However, she has now changed her order in apparent pressure from the Clinton/Reno Justice Department and has agreed with Federal Prosecutor Douglas Snoyenbos that new demands should be made on the church. These include the filing of monthly detailed financial reports with the court and the paying of 941 taxes on current ministries of the church into an interest bearing escrow account to be administered by the court.
This is a total contradiction of Judge Barker's original requests which included timely payments on the church mortgage, sufficient insurance on the buildings, which includes the church parsonage, and the reasonable maintenance of the buildings. All of these were agreed to by the church congregation as reasonable and responsible. Judge Barker reserved the right to modify her order if there were any changes. There have been no changes. She has not met the stipulations of her own order. These new demands ploy new ground altogether pertaining to the Stay Order.
For the church to meet these new demands would be to violate their faith which is the entire issue to begin with. It would also interdict the appeals process by forcing the church to pay the tax before its appeal has even been heard. It would also violate the First Amendment as to redress of grievances. In fact, if the 7th Circuit refuses to give the injunction, there is no other appeal to this matter and it would force the church to obey their God or government.
In that the church cannot and will not obey this newest demand of Judge Sarah Evans Barker, she has said that she will order the receiver who has already been assigned to this case to seize and sell the property sometime after April 10, 2000. There will be a Religious Liberty Rally at the Indianapolis Baptist Temple Saturday, March 4, at 10AM. The church expects many across the nation to come to stand with the pastors and congregation for this occasion. At noon, the church and their supporters will gather in front of the Federal Court House at Pennsylvania/Ohio Street, to bring attention locally and nationally of the Imminent Death of Religious Liberty in America
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A Response from a Confused Christian *(please see note)
To Pastor Greg Dixon,
I m sorry to hear of all the trouble you have gotten your congregation into.I suppose It s probably too late to warn you that you re taking the wrong path. Please before it s too late read Romans Chapter 13. Please remember as verses1 3 states that all powers are ordained of God and if you resist them you work will be damned. Do the good thing and you will be praised.
Ro 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Take warning in Verse 4 and 5 that the government is a minister of God to execute wrath on the evil doers.
Ro 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
No matter how bitter of a pill this is to swallow, verse 6 and 7 plainly state that for the above mentioned reasons we are to give tributes, customs, fear and honor to whom they are due.
The reason I know your plight right now is because in 1995 I became an independent militia in the state of Illinois and believed that the government was evil and that I should do everything in my power to hinder the works they did. Unfortunately I may only be around for another 50 or 60 years and then I have to give an accounting to God for my actions. To be persecuted or die for the Gospel of Christ is a great and nobel thing, but to die for not filing for a tax exempt status with the IRS is nothing.
1Pe 2:20 For what glory [is it], if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer [for it], ye take it patiently, this [is] acceptable with God.
I also know your convictions in this matter because I attend the Baptist Temple of Bourbonnais, IL., and our pastor is struggling under the same burden you are, but if out church goes down the same path yours does, I will not lift a finger to stop the judgement of God. You have until Saturday I guess to make up your mind, either way I ll see you on the other side.
*The Purpose of this Site is to Try to Help Clear up some of this Confusion... Please visit http://www.iahushua.com and read from the beginning.. (back)