Sarbanes-Oxley For Churches (Townhall.com) November 29, 2007Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.
Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa is investigating six ministries about their
financial practices. Apparently concerned with church leaders who drive nice cars, Grassley wants records of ministry salaries, expense accounts, credit cards, cars and airplanes.
Now it’s fair to argue that those things should be examined, but the question is, by whom? By Uncle Sam? I think not.
The same people who brought you the overregulation of Sarbanes-Oxley in the corporate world, and who claim to believe in the separation of church and state, now want to bring government oversight into the spending decisions of churches and ministries. That accountability should come, but from donors and boards, not from a committee of the United States Senate.
Perhaps Senator Grassley feels a clergyman should not drive a luxury car. But that is not his decision to make. There is plenty of spending for the Senate to watch right in its own building.