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The first thing to notice about the posts linked to in the question is that neither of the theologians in the discussion is claiming that all taxation is theft. Rick Phillips explicitly says "there is a legitimate basis for government taxation". The WeeFlea claims that Sproul believes that "all tax is theft" (both from links in the question). But there is no such statement in Sproul's publicly available writings. The closest he comes is to write: "When a government takes from the people more than it takes to finance the legitimate God-given function of the state it is not just mismanaging, growing bloated, becoming inefficient—it is stealing.". There is a big difference between 'excessive tax is stealing' and 'all tax is stealing'. (Sproul does not, as far as I can find, give a justification for

Sproul's idea that 'excessive taxation is stealing' appears to derive from a belief - it falls outthat the legitimate actions of his own beliefsthe state are limited by scripture. Since I know of no explicit scriptural restrictions on the state I assume that he takes the rolescripturally approved functions of the state shouldas limiting; and that any actions not included in them must be very limited)prohibited, even if they are approved of by the people. I'm goingIt's an easy deduction from there to ignore blog comments as a sourceassume that collections of sound theological argumenttaxes to perform illegitimate functions is itself illegitimate.

The only group I have discovered that truly believes 'all tax is theft' is Christian Anarchists. Their theological basis may be summed up as:

Christian Anarchists believe that Christ is the one True King, and all earthly kings are usurpers. God nowhere commanded men to form "the State." Everything the State does is a violation of God's Law.

The first thing to notice about the posts linked to in the question is that neither of the theologians in the discussion is claiming that all taxation is theft. Rick Phillips explicitly says "there is a legitimate basis for government taxation". The WeeFlea claims that Sproul believes that "all tax is theft" (both from links in the question). But there is no such statement in Sproul's publicly available writings. The closest he comes is to write: "When a government takes from the people more than it takes to finance the legitimate God-given function of the state it is not just mismanaging, growing bloated, becoming inefficient—it is stealing.". There is a big difference between 'excessive tax is stealing' and 'all tax is stealing'. (Sproul does not, as far as I can find, give a justification for that belief - it falls out of his own beliefs that the role of the state should be very limited). I'm going to ignore blog comments as a source of sound theological argument.

The only group I have discovered that truly believes 'all tax is theft' is Christian Anarchists. Their theological basis may be summed up as:

Christian Anarchists believe that Christ is the one True King, and all earthly kings are usurpers. God nowhere commanded men to form "the State." Everything the State does is a violation of God's Law.

The first thing to notice about the posts linked to in the question is that neither of the theologians in the discussion is claiming that all taxation is theft. Rick Phillips explicitly says "there is a legitimate basis for government taxation". The WeeFlea claims that Sproul believes that "all tax is theft" (both from links in the question). But there is no such statement in Sproul's publicly available writings. The closest he comes is to write: "When a government takes from the people more than it takes to finance the legitimate God-given function of the state it is not just mismanaging, growing bloated, becoming inefficient—it is stealing.". There is a big difference between 'excessive tax is stealing' and 'all tax is stealing'.

Sproul's idea that 'excessive taxation is stealing' appears to derive from a belief that the legitimate actions of the state are limited by scripture. Since I know of no explicit scriptural restrictions on the state I assume that he takes the scripturally approved functions of the state as limiting; and that any actions not included in them must be prohibited, even if they are approved of by the people. It's an easy deduction from there to assume that collections of taxes to perform illegitimate functions is itself illegitimate.

The only group I have discovered that truly believes 'all tax is theft' is Christian Anarchists. Their theological basis may be summed up as:

Christian Anarchists believe that Christ is the one True King, and all earthly kings are usurpers. God nowhere commanded men to form "the State." Everything the State does is a violation of God's Law.

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The first thing to notice about the posts linked to in the question is that neither of the theologians in the discussion is claiming that all taxation is theft. Rick Phillips explicitly says "there is a legitimate basis for government taxation". The WeeFlea claims that Sproul believes that "all tax is theft" (both from links in the question). But there is no such statement in Sproul's publicly available writings. The closest he comes is to write: "When a government takes from the people more than it takes to finance the legitimate God-given function of the state it is not just mismanaging, growing bloated, becoming inefficient—it is stealing.". There is a big difference between 'excessive tax is stealing' and 'all tax is stealing'. (Sproul does not, as far as I can find, give a justification for that belief - it falls out of his own beliefs that the role of the state should be very limited). I'm going to ignore blog comments as a source of sound theological argument.

The only group I have discovered that truly believes 'all tax is theft' is Christian Anarchists. Their theological basis may be summed up as:

Christian Anarchists believe that Christ is the one True King, and all earthly kings are usurpers. God nowhere commanded men to form "the State." Everything the State does is a violation of God's Law.

The first thing to notice about the posts linked to in the question is that neither of the theologians in the discussion is claiming that all taxation is theft. Rick Phillips explicitly says "there is a legitimate basis for government taxation". The WeeFlea claims that Sproul believes that "all tax is theft" (both from links in the question). But there is no such statement in Sproul's publicly available writings. The closest he comes is to write: "When a government takes from the people more than it takes to finance the legitimate God-given function of the state it is not just mismanaging, growing bloated, becoming inefficient—it is stealing.". There is a big difference between 'excessive tax is stealing' and 'all tax is stealing'. (Sproul does not, as far as I can find, give a justification for that belief - it falls out of his own beliefs that the role of the state should be very limited)

The only group I have discovered that truly believes 'all tax is theft' is Christian Anarchists. Their theological basis may be summed up as:

Christian Anarchists believe that Christ is the one True King, and all earthly kings are usurpers. God nowhere commanded men to form "the State." Everything the State does is a violation of God's Law.

The first thing to notice about the posts linked to in the question is that neither of the theologians in the discussion is claiming that all taxation is theft. Rick Phillips explicitly says "there is a legitimate basis for government taxation". The WeeFlea claims that Sproul believes that "all tax is theft" (both from links in the question). But there is no such statement in Sproul's publicly available writings. The closest he comes is to write: "When a government takes from the people more than it takes to finance the legitimate God-given function of the state it is not just mismanaging, growing bloated, becoming inefficient—it is stealing.". There is a big difference between 'excessive tax is stealing' and 'all tax is stealing'. (Sproul does not, as far as I can find, give a justification for that belief - it falls out of his own beliefs that the role of the state should be very limited). I'm going to ignore blog comments as a source of sound theological argument.

The only group I have discovered that truly believes 'all tax is theft' is Christian Anarchists. Their theological basis may be summed up as:

Christian Anarchists believe that Christ is the one True King, and all earthly kings are usurpers. God nowhere commanded men to form "the State." Everything the State does is a violation of God's Law.

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The first thing to notice about the posts linked to in the question is that neither of the theologians in the discussion is claiming that all taxation is theft. Rick Phillips explicitly says "there is a legitimate basis for government taxation". The WeeFlea claims that Sproul believes that "all tax is theft" (both from links in the question). But there is no such statement in Sproul's publicly available writings. The closest he comes is to write: "When a government takes from the people more than it takes to finance the legitimate God-given function of the state it is not just mismanaging, growing bloated, becoming inefficient—it is stealing.". There is a big difference between 'excessive tax is stealing' and 'all tax is stealing'. (Sproul does not, as far as I can find, give a justification for that belief - it falls out of his own beliefs that the role of the state should be very limited)

The only group I have discovered that truly believes 'all tax is theft' is Christian Anarchists. Their theological basis may be summed up as:

Christian Anarchists believe that Christ is the one True King, and all earthly kings are usurpers. God nowhere commanded men to form "the State." Everything the State does is a violation of God's Law.