Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago were written about by the Daily Herald this past weekend. Two locations are in trouble over their taxes and at one church an effort has started to remove its tax-exempt status. This blog still would like to see Harvest Bible Chapel be closed.
“Make sure you pay your taxes; otherwise you can get in a lot of trouble.”
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.
Romans 13:1-5 NLT
Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows
Remember in the end its the taxes that will bring you down as Al Capone learned.
The Daily Herald had an article this past weekend about the tax woes of two Harvest Bible Chapel congregations in the Chicagoland area. The first one is the Deerfield Road location. Currently they owe more than $500,000 in property taxes to Lake County. The tax bill includes three years of back taxes. The second location is the Aurora location which the West Aurura Unit District 129 officials are going to ask for the tax exempt status to be revoked by the State of Illinois. At the Aurura location the owner owner of the property is a for-profit limited liability corporation that rents the campus to the church. It looks like Jessica Hockett has been busy according to the Daily Herald.
Former church member Jessica Hockett brought the property tax issues to light, notifying Lake County Supervisor of Assessments Bob Glueckert that a property tax exemption had been applied to the Highland Park church campus even though the owners had never applied for such an exemption and the Illinois Department of Revenue had never granted one.
“We were members for 12 years but left the church in 2017 because of financial improprieties and the church’s failures to address those problems,” Hockett said.
If you want to read the entire article you can do so in, “Tax woes for Harvest Bible Chapel properties.”
It’s Always the Taxes in the End…
This latest development with Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago I find amusing in many ways. For those who know history what was it that brought Al Capone down? Its wasn’t murder or bootlegging. In the end it was taxes that brought him down and ended him first in Atlanta and then in Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its a prominent lesson in life you pay your taxes if you are supposed to. So to learn of these two locations that didn’t pay their taxes and the shady ways that Harvest Bible operates just shows that they have not learned. This blog is proud of Jessica and the other that helped bring this about. This blog still wants to see Harvest Bible Chapel to close its doors.