A “brother” and sister pair of Australian missionaries, who argued that it is “against God’s will” to pay taxes to their government, were ordered by a court to pay more than $1.6 million they owed after they failed to convince the Supreme Court of Tasmania that non-payment of taxes is a traditional Christian teaching.
“I believe the submissions to be honestly and genuinely held beliefs rather than an attempt to avoid tax liabilities,” Associate Justice Stephen Holt said in his judgment on the case, according to ABC News. “But in my view, the Bible effectively said that civil matters and the law of God operate in two different spheres.”
Christian missionaries Fanny Alida Beerepoot and Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot appeared in court Wednesday when they both failed to pay more than $652,000 each in income tax and other charges in 2017.
Attorney Stephen Linden told the court the missionaries failed to file their tax returns after they were served two notices of their debt.
Representing himself, Mr. Beerepoot argued that Australian taxation law was against the law of “Almighty God.”
“We believe that the constitution affirms the fact that the Commonwealth resides within the jurisdiction of the law of the Almighty God and the law of the Almighty God is the supreme law of this land,” he told the court.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair