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Church Takes Controversial Stance On Eve Of Election (Photo)

| by Michael Howard

A church in North Carolina is breaking with tradition and making its political stance known this election.

Outside the Resurrection Baptist Church in Kannapolis is a sign that reads: "We are voting. And not for Hillary!"

The church's pastor, Tim Jones, refuses to apologize for broadcasting his political views.

"As long as I pastor this church and as long as I have a breath, I'm going to let people know where I stand," Jones told WBTV. "And I stand for God and I stand for what's right and I stand for this country."

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"The sign never endorsed a particular candidate," he added. "Although people were reading between the lines."

Since the issues he preaches about are at the core of this election, Jones says he felt he had to take a stand.

"As a Christian, there are morals and convictions that we stand upon," he said. "And I am not a pastor who will preach it in the pulpit and leave it in the church."

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Jones also posted about his views on Facebook, where he offered to drive people to the polls on election day, according to WSOC.

"The only stipulation is you vote against abortion, corruption, excessive gun control, Obamacare and career political criminals," Jones wrote, implying that he will not give rides to people who plan to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Members of the community interviewed by WSOC were mostly supportive of Jones' decision to politicize his church.

"They should have the right to speak out," Dolores Adams told the news agency.

"He’s definitely doing a great thing by taking people to the polls but it shouldn't just be for his own, you know, 'I like Trump so that's who I want you to vote for,'" Yasim Forbes said.

Others have taken exception to the sign, pointing to the fact that the IRS does not allow entities that are tax-exempt from wading into political waters.

But Jones maintains that his church pays taxes.

"We're not incorporated, we're an independent, fundamental Baptist church," he told WBTV. "We're not a part of any Baptist association or any other association."

Moreover, Jones added that he's prepared to deal with the consequences of his actions, should any arise.

"We're not trying to break any laws or anything like that, but we will stand," he said. "And sometimes standing, if you're the only one to stand, it may come at a cost. But I'll answer to God one day for that."

Ultimately, Jones says he'll breathe a sigh of relief once the election is finally over.

"Wednesday morning, after the election's over, I think [the sign] will say, 'Phew. It's over,'" he said.

Sources: WBTV, WSOC / Photo credit: Tom Arthur/Flickr, WBTV

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