According to the Evangelical Christian Credit Union, 82 percent of the average church’s budget is spent on personnel, buildings, and administration expense while only 3 percent is used for children and youth programs, 2 percent for adult programs, and 1 percent on benevolence. – quoted from Living Among Lions pg. 229 by the Benham Brothers.
In a previous article I wrote about how Jesus told Peter the children of Kings were free with regard to taxes. Matthew 17:24-26. And thus in my opinion he was saying that as children of God we are free of the tithe. The money we have is ours to give or not give as we see fit.
After reading the quote from Living Among Lions above, I have two thoughts:
Giving to charities you’ve researched rather than you’re local church might be more beneficial to others.
Be sure to research the charities before giving. Like the church, there are many charities where a very low percentage of donations actually reaches the cause they purport to help.
Thought number two, thank God for the United States of America. Thank God for social security and food stamps. Thank God for our government’s socialistic programs which seek to help the poor, the needy, the disabled, and the elderly.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:42 KJV Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.