In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.    John 1:1-5 ESV

Where Did The Early Church Spend The Money They Collected?

You can find the answer in the Bible. In God’s Word, the Apostle Paul instructs the Corinthians in the following way; “NOW CONCERNING THE COLLECTION FOR THE SAINTS: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem”. (1 Corinthians 16:1-3 ESV)). They gave 100% of their collections to help other less fortunate Christians.

Where do modern churches spend the money that they collect?

Christianity Today surveyed approximately 272 modern day churches, and on January 1, 2000 reported how the average church spends it’s collections. It goes as follows:

  1. 43 percent for staff compensation
  2. 20 percent for facilities (rent, mortgage, utilities, upkeep)
  3. 16 percent for missions
  4. 9 percent for church programs
  5. 6 percent for administration and supplies
  6. 3 percent for denominational fees
  7. 3 percent other.

This use of what they are calling “Giving to God”, is no where to be found in the Bible.

Robert A. Rice

References:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/cbg/2000/janfeb/10.70.html

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