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In I Sam. 8:15-17, Samuel listed the evils Israel would suffer in seeking a king to rule over them. On the list was the king’s intention to take, through taxation, as much as God Himself took (10%). America today is a worse tyrant, extracting more than 10% of its citizens’ income. I Sam. 8:15,17 is the litmus test for living under tyranny.
- Martin G. Selbrede, Taxation, Liberty, and the Bible (October 30, 2008), at http://www.chalcedon.edu/papers/Taxation.pdf.