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Are Some Churches Gradually Becoming Financial Institutions?

If you take a closer look at some churches today and the way things are been done, it seems churches are gradually becoming financial institutions. Some churches now have annual general meetings and some even get internal auditors to audit their accounts. Church Business seems to be a very profitable business. Some Pastors are now like M.D's and the church member members and workers like workers in the company. Only God can save us all. What do you guys feel about this?

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Yes o, I agree. But still I cant sit down and watch a pastor squander my had earned money all in the name of God. No be like say God dey actually chop the money, na pastor. People for church never chop, meanwhile pastor wan build 35billion naira church (Vanity upon vanity).

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@freelance. I just want to know one thing. what is the problem with them bringing in auditors? Like lady said and i would say there needs to be accountability. Fashi the name they give accountants these days. Auditors are to make sure the money collected and disbursed are properly accounted for. Is that one now wrong? this is not the first time churches have been attacked on this religion thread about money. Again i will say like i said before if you feel your money is being used inappropriately keep it to yourselve and don't give to the church. Afterall you have to have an understanding of giving in the first place because if you are just giving because you believe its offering time you are deceiving yourself. Your offering should be a point of contact to God. Its for you to benefit and not others, when you give pray over it ask for what you want. If the church likes they should steal it, use it for things other than the work of God, na their own business, Your own is settled in heaven.

Even unbelievers believe in giving. If you believe your church has become nigerian government find the right one.

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I dare any Mountain of fire member to disprove me. I'll check if they have a website.

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Wow, I would have loved to hear his defence of it. Do you know where I can get more info on this please?

I am so glad the priests at Catholic churches are answerable to someone. I for one know find it easy to talk to my priest when I feel he's done something unpleasant. I also like that he is humble enough to accept his mistake and apologise and repent of it.

Accountability is needed

People hold your pastors and priests accountable. They are to be upright men of God. Don't become yes men or women. Don't let the sanctuary be tainted.

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I swear it. I was totally shocked. And the poor mofo with whom I saw it with was seriously defending it.

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Luke 18:8 => when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

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@ Topic

Not only financial institutions, but also business.

FFS I saw an advert today by Mountain of Fire and miracle asking for the donation of 35,000,000,000 (thirty-five billion Naira), for an auditoruim. WTF for??

Peeps are dying of starvation and hunger and diseases and they want to build a monument of 35 billion. for who?? for God?? what a joke. I now consider sundays a sabbath day, for resting at home and preparing for work on monday.

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You have got to be kidding me. Do you know history at all?

I wish you could be so bold to be very clear on what your Revelation verses are insinuating

Last I checked it was all the sprouting churches in Nigeria that are giving revelations on whom the annointed one in Nigeria is and it is not from the Catholic church.

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I want to say yes. But understanding the day and age in which we live in, finance is an important factor and so is corruption. In order for some of these churches to be transparent they do have to appoint someone with credible background (preferrably an accountant). Audits also have to be done because as we know no one is to be trusted not even accountants. That is why an auditor without interest in the church and one whom the accountant does not recommend is to audit the financial statements of the church.

Nowadays the pastor is viewed as having the church only for his personal gain, if indeed he is not he should allow the auditor in to be able to attest that the monies spent are being spent appropriately and there is no evidence of fraud or corruption.

Honestly in today's age, it is in the best interest of the church to keep account of everything. People are too quick to judge and point finger, mostly routing from jealousy.

In order to lift themselves up, they see it fit to rip their brother apart.

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WHAT?

WHY?

Aren't there enough buildings in the world?

Please tell me you just made this up.

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Churches are fraud now adays in nigerian churches, even some catholic churches are tending towards that direction, i think churches now should be heavily taxed, u even hardly cant feel any social responsibilities frm churches, the pastors and their board just consume the whole poor peoples money, the annoying thing is that the so called silly and blind followere keep ggetting deceived. Anyway i only give when my hearts tell me too.

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Goodguy,

your last post is da best!!

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@ maxxdjinx

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Some so called men of God should not be taking advantage of people to enrich themselves.

Godspeed!

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maxxdjinx,

the issue is not about giving to God. The problem here is that so many ordinary people have now taken advantage of this "giving to God" issue, and people keep falling for the same scam everytime, simply because these people claim they're called by God. And of course, no one wants to disobey a "man of God". So you see where the problem lies?

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so true,we give to God and if you feel your Church and pastor  are only interested in the money and lavish lifestyles,there are so many other avenues you can give and still get blessed.

The Bible never said to give to your church only,you can give smaller offerings and give the rest to individual Christians in obvious need or even the local  pentecostal minister in your village.

You may be that answer to his/her prayers.

Our giving to God is what we do for the body of Christ,there are no denominations in heaven.

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I believe anything given to the "church" is freely given and it is to GOD not a mortal. There is a motive in giving-whatever the reason might be so it is not up to a man to judge the next man. If you think a church is benefitting tremendously from your donations without positive and/or visible results there are other causes that could utilize your resources provided it is for the sake of the church and humanity.

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So many churches today and we don't really feel the impact. Pastors getting richer and members getting poorer.

Our Lord JESUS CHRIST was so humble and meek that he washed the feet of his disciples. So pastors go around with body guards like politicians. I don't know who is after their lives.

Its all just a matter of time.

Godspeed

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LordImpaq,

Read Hosea chapter 2 to understand about the "LovePeddler who rides the beast". Her riches, her spiritual fornication, her betrayal of God.

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I don't support or believe tax on church revenue because some few greedy people would only benefit from it. A church should not a profit making organization or even be like a democratic rule. I once heard of a church that wanted to have a fund raising and made a rich muslim as the chairman of the event. Imagine.

People don't seem to fear God again or how can you explain some of these happennings

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@drussilia,

i think you were not too clear on that verse,

i would want you to expatiate,

the scarlet colour and the gold neckaces, ??

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Tax on church revenue won't bring any benefit. Politicians and religious leaders are equally corrupt.

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I've said this before and i will still say it again: put tax on church revenue. that will not only solve the problem but the contributors will benefit from their sweat and I know God won't mind.

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My brother,it is very pathetic.

In New York,Atlanta and Houston especially,the number of Nigerian churches will amaze you.

The Lord called us to win souls but these churches seem to be chasing after members of other churches.

In the nineties,the religious worker category was a sure way to a green card,everyone became a pastor or operated a ministry of some sort.

It is not my place to judge,God is not mocked.

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babyosisi,

You're right.  So many are actually "called" by circumstances.  Nothing more.

Someone here in Nigeria once said, "Once I get to the UK, I'll set up a church.  Seriously, it's a very lucrative business!"

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Freelance,

When you are talking about a church that used to have to endorse every politician who wanted to be in office in Europe and elsewhere. The Catholic Church, The mother Church of us all.

The only word I question, is "gradually".

Well, known that the Richest group in the world is Christiandom.

The second richest is the War Machine.

It should then be no surprise that Christianity has been the cause of a lot of wars in this world.

The two richest groups support each other.

Or as the bible says:

The LovePeddler (false church) rides the beast (political i.e. military power of the world.).

Rev 17:3  So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

The Bible even shows you the MONEY or FINANCIAL connection between the LovePeddler who rides the beast.

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In a country like Nigeria where there are no ready jobs for graduates,poverty and lack,so many seem to be 'called' especially to the big cities.

It is survival,many of these preachers were not called by anyone except perhaps the sunday offering.

But like the scriptures say,let the plant grow up with the tares, at the end, the husbandman would seperate the grains from the chaff.

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You are absolutely right. "Only God can save us all"

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