Mark 12:17 (KJV) 17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.
Mark 6:8-9 (KJV) 8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
Being a Christian in the 21st century is difficult enough without the Christian institutions sucking the financial life out of the communities they are supposed to support.
How does it look when a local parishioner is striving to support their family while the local Church’s take Federal SBA money away from them and their means of income? You walk into their architecturally magnificent cathedrals, hallowed halls surrounded by stained glass windows, polished wooden pews, finally adorned pulpits, intricate statuaries, and silver or gold refinements. While a huge exquisitely crafted wooden cross, often adorned with the imagery of a crucified Jesus or symbol, stares down at them. The hypocrisy does not end there, as they pass a collection plate through the congregation asking for more tax-free donations. Then they offer the salvation of Jesus Christ if you come forward and recite the Salvation Prayer never once including the caveat “Go and Sin No More”
There are those who once a week confess their sins to a priest and are given the command to repeat the Hail Mary or Our Father prayers several times. Then they return the next week and repeat the process. It is as if the priest has never read John 14:6 (KJV) 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Roman Catholic Church awarded at least $1.4B in federal coronavirus aid
Nearly 9,000 entities of the Catholic Church qualified for PPP loans
As the economy plummeted and jobless rates soared, Congress let faith groups and other nonprofits tap into the Paycheck Protection Program. And the Catholic Church may have received more than $3.5 billion
Tax benefits for religious organizations fall into three general categories: tax-free donations, tax-free land, and tax-free commercial enterprises.
Tax-Free Land: Exemptions from property taxes represent an even larger benefit to churches — the total value of all property owned by all religious groups in the United States easily runs into the tens of billions of dollars. This creates a problem, according to some, because the tax exemptions amount to a substantial gift of money to churches at the expense of taxpayers. For every dollar which the government cannot collect on church property, it must make up for by collecting it from citizens; as a consequence, all citizens are forced to indirectly support churches, even those they do not belong to and may even oppose.