Church Giving Falls To All Time Low
A new report entitled “The State of Church Giving Through 2009,” by Empty Tomb Inc. announced that church giving to the needy is at the lowest level since the report first began surveying churches in 1968. Congregational tithing is also more miserly than it has been in 41 years.
While churches spent an average of 2 percent of their total budget on their congregations, only one third of a percent was spent on the poor, the sick and the dying outside their churches. Missionary programs have been dramatically scaled back.
A study by the Barna Group earlier this year showed that only 4 percent of American Christians tithe 10 percent of their incomes.
“[Jesus said] ‘. . . if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.’ The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him. Then he said to them, ‘You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts.’” (Luke 16:11-15)