Housing allowance: ERLC, IMB, GuideStone urge court to uphold ministerial provision

Washington (TAB, BP) — The ministerial housing allowance — the “most important tax benefit available to ministers,” according to GuideStone Financial Resources — is getting legal support from three Southern Baptist Convention entities.
A judge ruled in late 2013 that the allowance violates the First Amendment’s prohibition on government establishment of religion but blocked enforcement of her opinion until the appeals process is complete.
Now the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the International Mission Board and GuideStone have all signed on to friend-of-the court briefs in support of the allowance.
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