Saturday, July 18, 2015
A Church Gets Greedy
It's surprising more of them haven't thought of this, sending out collection notices for tithes. This church definitely over-stepped boundaries and you wonder if they influenced people's credits ratings? More may follow in this church's footsteps. I have heard of certain tithe levels to influence voting ability with churches. Sadly in the church, those with the most money have the most influence there too. The families that contribute the most, make most of the decisions and get more of the pastor's time. Look how much cash this church wants for special events! I hope this lady finds out the truth about churches.
Churches will help people with food and other things and I've gotten help from churches before so I can't say they do not help anyone, many do but from the vantage point of being poor myself, church is for middle class people and above with expendable income. I'm out of the church system for other reasons, but lack of money alone and the feelings of shame in "not contributing" would be a reason to have left too. Class differences do influence spiritual practices. In America many of the poor are closed out of society. and it's happening in churches too.
Even at the church I just left, they had a banquet dinner I could not attend nor could I afford it. We are low income enough where prepaying 30 dollars for a dinner for two is a burden. We simply did not have it. The poor really have left the churches. We don't belong. You feel the pain of not having money or anything to give the church. Even invitations to a shower or wedding held at the church can be a burden as well when there is no money to buy a good present or even something simple from thrift. Culturally my own class division from the church world only grew more extreme as the years went by and as I aged.
The pastors and others notice who is only throwing 5 bucks in the basket on Sunday morning and who can give real money. Churches at least where I live are predominantly middle class and above, and there is a reason for that. Who can afford church anymore? Just the fact money runs so much of the show tells you the system is false. Don't get me started on other aspects. I know this female Lutheran-ordained would-be minister where a seminary she graduated from left her with 100,000 in student loans. What kind of tuition did that place charge? And what kind of money did they expect her to make? Get this, even if you have the degree, they don't place you, and she can't get a job as a pastor. I don't agree with female pastors or Lutheranism but something is very wrong with that picture. Deeply wrong.
The bible says this...
Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the thing which he possessed was his own; but they had all things in common.
Tithing is a false teaching.