Seems to me Brethren have adopted the collection plate as a way to make money. I can remember back when meetings would be held , these were monthly meeting if I remember correct, and money of what had been collected through the collection plate of what were passed around each and every Sunday, would then be allocated as gifts or donation or something like that, to be dished out to certain people whom had acted like church hierarchy . Fairly big money sometimes too
Nothing short of a rip-off con, if you ask me.
Even more of a con too, when CULTS are able to manipulate the people whom are born into the cult tyranny. Because those people will have become entrapped through family ties. They have no choice to decide to support another church group. If they dare try to, they’d be excommunicated and even their family would be coerced into needing to shun them
Therefore they are caught between a rock and a hard place.
- If they choose to stay, their donation collected through the collection plate passed around each Sunday morning, is being appropriated for support of con artist hierarchy
- If they choose to leave the congregation, they’ll be punished through excommunication. And their own family members will be coerced into shunning them. Lest they may also suffer the same treatment
So as you can tell, in reality there is little option to escape it.
Its important to note some church charities are excellent and are totally worthwhile supporting.Some charities are there to help anyone in need.But who knows, unless there is some properly run method of checks and balances in place?. That where our governments stuff up.They don’t check up on whats happening
They dish-out charity status to religious groups, willy nilly, more often without asking for any follow-up details of what’s actually happening. They fail to take responsibility