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To: svcw
You are probably right but I think they are very few in number. Probably non money driven churches are lay meetings(which could be called a church)devoted to prayer and bible study. The only danger arising out of such lay churches is that of falling into heresy. Knowledge skill and experience are needed to properly interpret scripture. However, an educated sincere layman is probably better than a Sodomie priest or preacher.
15 posted on 05/04/2013 11:08:52 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Tithing is for supporting the Shepard IE pastor/lead elder, the idea being they lead and not have to worry about everyday living.
Offerings support meeting places, out reach.
Alms for missions.
Church groups can not function with out funds, its that simple.
I have never attended a church group where the pastor/lead elder lived a lavish life style or where finances were not open to all attendees (summaries monthly, fully disclosed quarterly) or missions were not active in the community (local, state, national or world wide)

Because people are flawed people stray, it is unreasonable to say all.

I really wonder where you observed.


19 posted on 05/04/2013 11:17:11 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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