Baptist Temple Seized for Tax Debt

The shoe finally dropped, on Feb. 13, as federal agents seized control of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple to satisfy a $6 million tax delinquency claimed by the Internal Revenue Service. It was an action that had been hanging fire for months.

The federal marshals, according to reports, swept in through a side door and seized the pastor, Greg J. Dixon, removing him on a gurney, while a small group of church members gathered for prayer looked on.

The church had stopped withholding federal income and Social Security taxes from employees in 1984, claiming that deducting the money from pay checks and forwarding it to the IRS made the church, in effect, an agent of the government.