It's the perfect scam. And, from the look of the lifestyles of some of
these guys, they're not having any problem at all figuring out how to spend
I think a huge red flag is any church that won't disclose their spending.
I am currently a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Every penny
that comes in and every penny that goes out is accounted for and approved by the
board and is published in annual budgets and reports. I don't trust any
church that keeps its books closed to examination and simply claims "our
accountants have looked at the books and we pinky-swear it is all good! Now,
we'll hear from the choir..."
Oh the irony...
All churches need to fully disclose their finances (what came in and where it
went). Then this will not happen.
I will not give a dime to any church that does not fully disclose its finances.
I can't understand why anybody would. "Sunlight is said to
be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient
policeman."Louis D. Brandeis
Instead of storing money inside a rental locker (as Walter White did) some
churches (whose names shall go unspoken) buy the rental unit business.
No matter how you slice or dice it, pastors becoming mega-rich is unseemly.
"No matter how you slice or dice it, pastors becoming mega-rich is
unseemly."I agree but would expand it. "No
matter how you slice or dice it, CHURCHES becoming mega-rich is
unseemly."It just seems to go completely against the whole
concept of religious teachings. You cannot help but to think that
Jesus would be appalled at the massive wealth these large religions have been
able to amass.
Re Joe BlowI would say that depends how the wealth is used. If a
monetary of monks for example had one monk with skills as good or better than
Warren Buffet who spent his time investing, and the monestary used this wealth
to do good, but all the monks in the monestary lived humbly, I wouldn't
have a problem with this would you? Or even if one of them had great
communication skills and could attract sufficient donations that all the monks
if they wanted could live as if they were mega rich, I still wouldn't have
a problem with this. ... if this money were used to do good and all the monks
lived humbly.If you disagree, fine, my feelings on the matter would
be to agree to disagree with you.
I sincerely doubt that Jesus envisioned a religion with billions of dollars
worth of wealth.Do you think Jesus would be pleased with the
property holdings or financial wealth of the Catholic Church? Or the
"insert large religion here"I think he would say "you
have all of this wealth today. And there are sick and hungry in this world
TODAY. Tend to them."
Some people complain about Joseph Smith not being wise because he kept using
money to help people instead of developing the money so that he had more money
to help people with.Now people criticize the Church because
it's done just that... While still helping people.