Have you given much thought as to where all your 'hard earned' church donations are going to as you walk the fine line daily between 'middle class' and the 'working poor'?
Still wondering why we have 'third world' countries or why famine and poverty engulf the globe ?
Your church is immune to financial hardship. They are 'addicted' to wealth which is NOT shared to alleviate the growing global poverty. Oh, they pretend to help the poor but the reality is that they are merely stockpiling their wealth.
Churches have billions upon billions of dollars and quite simply put, they keep it for themselves. It's called GREED. The definition of 'greed' is as follows: excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions. If you don't know what 'rapacious' means, it means: given to seizing for plunder, excessively greedy; uncontrolled and unrestrained, predatory.
That should put things into more of a perspective for you....
You give your tithes and offerings and what exactly do you get in return?
ALL churches have a considerable amount of wealth. Lutherans, Anglicans,Protestants, Televangelists, Episcopalians, etc. They are all the same.
'The Church' is big business.
Wealth is never shared.. Look at the 'global elite'. The ‘world’s richest 1% get 82% of the wealth. (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/22/wef-18-oxfam-says-worlds-richest-1-percent-get-82-percent-of-the-wealth.html) Are the churches ANY different?
If you add up the wealth of the top 5 religious organizations, it amounts to over a TRILLION dollars! (Catholic Church wealth is so immense, that it can't even be numbered in dollar value) The Book of Revelation speaks of the wealth of the churches, particularly of the enormous wealth of the Catholic Church.
Revelation 17:9 reads: 'And here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.' The seven mountains are seven hills and of course, we all know Rome sits on seven hills. This verse is speaking of a church and it is referenced as a 'woman'. Verse 17:4 shows the grandeur, wealth, and opulence of this woman (church). It reads: 'And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand'. Verse 5 calls her the 'Mother of the Harlots'.
Boldly enough, the Pope himself just recently admitted that the Catholic Church was the 'MOTHER'. He said 'Our mother, [the Church] is holy, but we the children are sinners,” he said. “Sinners, all of us. Let’s not forget this expression from the fathers [of the Church]: The Church is holy, the Mother is holy, with children who are sinners.' Read it for yourself. (https://cruxnow.com/synod-of-bishops-on-youth/2018/10/27/pope-wraps-bishops-summit-saying-church-need-defense-from-great-accuser/)
If you go on to read further in Revelation 17:4 it says that the 'mother' is 'full of abominations and filthiness'... like child sexual abuse, pedophilia, hoarding wealth, practicing cover ups and deceit, etc.
Showing ZERO SHAME, the pope goes on to say 'The Church is not dirty, the children are, but the mother isn’t. This is the moment to defend the mother with prayer. It’s a difficult moment, because through us, the great accuser wants to attack the mother. And you don’t touch a mother.'
So, those children that report clerical sexual abuse are 'dirty' and the 'Mother' church is pure??
Is this a warning to not attack or speak against the Catholic Church?
We can only respond by scripture and it says of the Catholic Church 'THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.' Period!
So, the next time you dig into your pocket to give your tithes and offerings to your beloved church, think twice about giving your money to your 'Mother'....