A family of Christian missionaries in Australia who said that paying taxes was “against God’s will” have been ordered to pay $2.3 million by the Supreme Court of Tasmania.
ABC.au reports that missionaries Fanny Alida Beerepoot and Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot on Wednesday were ordered to pay millions of dollars in a dispute over unpaid taxes.
The court, which found that both Beerepoots failed to pay $930,000 in income taxes and other charges in 2017, ordered them to fork over more than $2 million after they couple tried arguing that God did not want them to pay taxes.
“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,” they argued to the court.
The Beerepoots also told the court that paying taxes was damaging their relationship with God because the payments made it seem like they were more loyal to Australia than their creator. They also said that making the tax payments was causing a “curse” to be placed upon the entire country.
“Transferring our allegiance from God to the Commonwealth would mean rebelling against God and therefore breaking the first commandment,” they said. “As we reject God, the curses upon us become greater, but if we return to God’s teachings there will be healing.”
Associate Justice Stephen Holt, however, countered by arguing that there is nothing anywhere in the Bible that commands Christians to avoid paying their taxes.