I read an article by Monday Morning Insight titled, “Church Tithes Continue to Decrease”. The evidence of this statement is based on the research done in the publication, “The State of Church Giving through 2004”, by Empty Tomb inc.
I know what you’re thinking. Probably something like this, “Why are people giving less and less to the Church?” That is a valid question, and I’m sure there are many answers to that. Can we actually narrow the behavioral habits of the saints down to one cause? I doubt it. But I want to twist that question for you and prove that you’ve been brainwashed. Why did you first come to the conclusion that the Congregation is giving less and less to the church? Ahh! That first thought ran through my head as well. But what if you read it this way. Your church continues to give less and less to others outside of its own walls. Hmmm, that’s an interesting way to say it. Yeah, Yeah, i know the church are the people and the people are the Church, but let’s not put the congregation on the stand today. Let’s put the organization itself on the stand.
Our churches are giving less and less to the poor, the needy, and the hungry than ever before. Let’s face it, your church organization is decreasing their tithe more and more by percentage each year. Yeah, it might be up this year from the past, but let’s look at the grand scale of decline. A chart will show that your church is spending more on its own wants than it is spending on the needs of others.
I did write a comment on the comment section of the Monday morning website, and I said this, “It’s no surprise that the congregation is withholding more and more for our own wants when our pastoral leaders teach them to do the same by withholding more and more for our church wants.” Let me explain that in relative terms. A church does need programs and buildings to operate. but when we compile these expensive programs and buildings together, most of the time it turns out to be a hefty price. A majority of the church staff’s creative ideas, called “programs”, will be anointed and considered as Spirit-led. But when I want to spend money on family vacations, a safe, nice secure home, a nice safe vehicle, good education for my children, all of a sudden it’s like the Spirit’s anointing on these important things are gone.
Why should the congregation give more from themselves when the church organization is keeping it for itself? This is not what God intended for his Church.