Churches Acting Funny with the Money

IN THIS VIDEO, I address the issue of whether churches should provide financial assistance to church members who are in need?

A few weeks ago I listened to radio talk show.  Two women called in sharing their story of how their respective churches did not help in their time of need.  One woman had supported her church financially, for years with her “tithes” and offerings.  When she needed help financially, the church didn’t help her.  The other woman was facing eviction and possible homelessness.  She went to her church seeking help, but they didn’t do anything for her.  Instead, she sought assistance from a non-profit, community-based organization (not a church) that came to her rescue.

What’s up with that?

I know some pastors/churches are reluctant to help members who don’t pay tithes.  I tell of one of those instances in the video.  But I thought it strange that a church wouldn’t help its “tithe-paying” members.

In defense of those churches, I don’t know their side of the story.  I don’t know why they didn’t help those women.  So, I came up with a hypothetical situation.  Let’s say the churches set aside funds each month for members who need financial assistance, and the money is given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Perhaps the churches had run out of funds by the time those women approached them for help.

Is this reason enough not to help those women?  Could the churches have gone the extra mile and found a way to help those women?  Should churches only provide financial assistance to members who pay “tithes” and offerings?

Obviously churches don’t have a problem accepting YOUR money but do they have problem GIVING YOU money in your time of need?

Let’s talk about what the church doesn’t walk you to talk about.

Leave your comments below.

Churches Acting Funny with the Money

Resources

Free Tithe Study Guide

The Tithing Hoax

5 comments for “Churches Acting Funny with the Money

  1. Tonette Lewis
    May 22, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    There should be some type of program for people who are in need . As long as a person is not taking advantage of the situation.The church don’t have a problem asking for help if their in need. So all is well

  2. Dee
    March 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    R.

    Thank God for what you are doing. These past few months I have been struggling with paying tithes. I was absent from my church (not a member) for about two months, all the while I was paying online tithes and giving to the building fund. Doing that time no one called or contacted me to see if I was ok. They knew my husband and I were having marriage problems.

    I have since returned but I have only felt moved to pay $6 dollars one time. If a family pay $600.00 a month faithfully for say three years, that’s $21,600. If they saved that or invested it they could have quite a blessing in their time of need. If they give it all to the church, it has been my experience the church won’t have a penny to give or loan you. I have seen this with my eyes. Communities are detiorating around the largest church in their entire city, I say why? I realize when I go to church certain things are put in place, by people who gave their time, and bills have to be paid. I have a clean place to sit, I feel safe, the bathrooms are clean, the lights are on etc. But do 500 people need to pay $600to a thousand dollars a month for this? Maybe the flock is to big, and you don’t know your sheep. I would like to see different churches come together and share a space take turns each Sunday don’t be greedy. Stop the Walmart syndrome run by one man. I feel as though I have to pay an admission fee to hear the word of God….

    When I was a child growing up in rural AL in the 50s our small church had a fund call the ‘Poor fund”. If there was someone in the community or the church with a legitimate need the church gave away every cent each week if needed.

    There are always scammers, some churches are scammers and some people are scammers. If the church want to help a tithing member I am sure I would not object to giving them the name of my landlord to pay something on my rent.

    Thank you for answering my prayer. If I decide to give away a tenth of my income do I want to put it all in one place?

  3. Dee
    March 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    R.

    Thank God for what you are doing. These past few months I have been struggling with paying tithes. I was absent from my church (not a member) for about two months, all the while I was paying online tithes and giving to the building fund. Doing that time no one called or contacted me to see if I was ok. They knew my husband and I were having marriage problems.

    I have since returned but I have only felt moved to pay $6 dollars one time. If a family pay $600.00 a month faithfully for say three years, that’s $21,600. If they saved that or invested it they could have quite a blessing in their time of need. If they give it all to the church, it has been my experience the church won’t have a penny to give or loan you. I have seen this with my eyes. Communities are detiorating around the largest church in their entire city, I say why? I realize when I go to church certain things are put in place, by people who gave their time, and bills have to be paid. I have a clean place to sit, I feel safe, the bathrooms are clean, the lights are on etc. But do 500 people need to pay $600to a thousand dollars a month for this? Maybe the flock is to big, and you don’t know your sheep. I would like to see different churches come together and share a space take turns each Sunday don’t be greedy. Stop the Walmart syndrome run by one man. I feel as though I have to pay an admission fee to hear the word of God….

    When I was a child growing up in rural AL in the 50s our small church had a fund call the ‘Poor fund”. If there was someone in the community or the church with a legitimate need the church gave away every cent each week if needed.

    There are always scammers, some churches are scammers and some people are scammers. If the church want to help a tithing member I am sure I would not object to giving them the name of my landlord to pay something on my rent.

    Thank you for answering my prayer. If I decide to give away a tenth of my income do I want to put it all in one place?

  4. Dee
    March 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    R.

    Thank God for what you are doing. These past few months I have been struggling with paying tithes. I was absent from my church (not a member) for about two months, all the while I was paying online tithes and giving to the building fund. Doing that time no one called or contacted me to see if I was ok. They knew my husband and I were having marriage problems.

    I have since returned but I have only felt moved to pay $6 dollars one time. If a family pay $600.00 a month faithfully for say three years, that’s $21,600. If they saved that or invested it they could have quite a blessing in their time of need. If they give it all to the church, it has been my experience the church won’t have a penny to give or loan you. I have seen this with my eyes. Communities are detiorating around the largest church in their entire city, I say why? I realize when I go to church certain things are put in place, by people who gave their time, and bills have to be paid. I have a clean place to sit, I feel safe, the bathrooms are clean, the lights are on etc. But do 500 people need to pay $600to a thousand dollars a month for this? Maybe the flock is to big, and you don’t know your sheep. I would like to see different churches come together and share a space take turns each Sunday don’t be greedy. Stop the Walmart syndrome run by one man. I feel as though I have to pay an admission fee to hear the word of God….

    When I was a child growing up in rural AL in the 50s our small church had a fund call the ‘Poor fund”. If there was someone in the community or the church with a legitimate need the church gave away every cent each week if needed.

    There are always scammers, some churches are scammers and some people are scammers. If the church want to help a tithing member I am sure I would not object to giving them the name of my landlord to pay something on my rent.

    Thank you for answering my prayer. If I decide to give away a tenth of my income do I want to put it all in one place?

    • R. Renee
      March 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Dee,

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your story.

      Peace & Blessings

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