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Pastor Terrell Somerville Pastor Terrell Somerville

GALLATIN, Tenn. - The race for president is getting more and more heated by the day.  Now, a local church is diving head-first into the debate.

Freedom Church in Gallatin mailed out hundreds of flyers all over Sumner County, advertising a series of six sermons called 'PoliTICKED: When You're Sick Of It'.

Specifically, the sermon slated for October 6th and 7th has caught people's attention, because it's titled 'Who Do I Vote For as President?'.

"We need to be thinking about what God's perspective is," said Pastor Terrell Somerville.  "So that weekend, I'm going to talk about who do we vote for as President."

Somerville says the series focuses not just on the presidential race, but also politics at home, politics at the workplace, and politics in marriage.

He is aware the October 6th and 7th sermon topic has prompted widespread curiosity and criticism.

"I think it's more of a shock factor.  People don't know what to say.  Some people have complained, some people are concerned, some people aren't saying anything, because they don't know what to say," he said.

Critics question whether the sermon violates the separation of church and state.

Churches and other non-profit groups do not have to pay taxes on the condition that they don't endorse or oppose any particular candidate.

That means that if Somerville endorses either President Obama or Mitt Romney, his church could lose its tax exempt status.

"You know, they're trying to say if you're a 501c3 you can't talk about those things, well we're not scared to do that any longer," he said.  "So if the IRS wants to come and see what we're doing, I welcome them to come, but the church needs to stand up for what's right."

NewsChannel 5 asked him which candidate plans to tell his congregation to vote for, but he wouldn't yet say.

"Who do I want people to vote for as President?  I'll tell it that weekend!" he said.

Somerville is not the only pastor challenging the IRS.  It's happening at churches all over the country.

 

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