1. As reported (emphasis supplied):
Weinland’s defense attorneys told jurors during the eight-day trial that their client deposited church money in Swiss bank accounts because he believed society was in its “final days,” and that before Jesus Christ returns, the U.S. financial system would collapse. Weinland’s website claims the beginning of the end of earth as the human race knows it started on May 27 – just eight days before the start of the trial.2. Weinland was represented by Jone Cline, here, whose other "clients have included Oliver North and Scooter Libby." For those unfamiliar with these other clients, see the Wikipedia entries on North, here, and on Libby, here.
3. The article says: "Weinland faces up to five years in prison when U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves sentences him on Sept. 24." Actually, with five counts of conviction for tax evasion, the maximum sentence permissible is 25 years, but the Guidelines will be the principal determinant.
4. The principal determinant in a Guidelines sentence for tax evasion is the criminal tax loss. The taxes evaded as reported in the article from the criminal trial are $357,065. However, at the sentencing phase, whether the burden of proof is lighter (preponderance (in some cases, perhaps, clear and convincing), as opposed to beyond a reasonable doubt, the tax loss could conceivably be greater. At $357,065, the Guidelines base offense level is 18. Both of the specific offense characteristics (income from criminal activity (if his conduct is conceived as stealing from the contributors, the Church or from God) and sophisticated means) for up to 4 levels added. Perhaps also perhaps 2 levels for abuse of position of trust (although this might duplicate the income from criminal activity adjustment if it is imposed). The counts will be grouped, hence adding no levels. Let's say that the combined offense level is 22 which would provide a Guidelines range of 41-51 months. Defendants in tax crimes cases are usually sentenced at the low end of the range, but I suspect that will not occur in this case. In any event, the sentence likely will not exceed the 5 years mentioned in the article, unless the sentencing judge is moved to depart upward (rare in tax cases).
5. Perhaps he can spread his ministry in and from prison. Paul did that.
6. Perhaps another biblical quote is apt (see Wikipedia here): "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's."