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Church Idols – Church Bank Account

April 3, 2014

The church bank account is an idol in many churches. Some churches relish in saving every nickel and dime, making sure not a cent is spent on anything frivolous – or anything at all except regular bills. It is an interesting phenomenon. Most churches are non-profits. To think they want to amass tens of thousands of dollars and grip onto it like their life depends on it is interesting to me. It is not a sense of good stewardship they are practicing, it is greed and fear.

When does the church bank account become an idol? That is a tricky question. I would say it is an idol when the church cannot let go of money for any reason other than paying bills. I understand there is a responsibility to have some type of emergency fund available for major repairs. Good stewardship with the money the congregation has provided is God honoring. But the reality is churches, and their programming, have to change with the times and that costs money. Churches need supplies, electronics, paint, carpet, and the list goes on and on. None of this is free.

Money is given to a church through tithes, gifts, and offerings. There is an imperative to spend this money wisely. That means saving when appropriate, and spending when appropriate. In a time of emergency, say a major disaster in a neighboring state, it would be prudent to gift a sizeable amount of money to a reputable agency that will perform recovery services there. When the media devices in the church go out of date, which is typically long before they stop working, they need to be updated.

Money causes all sorts of issues in churches and should be handled in a God honoring way. But to idolize that money and save it in the coffers forever is not honoring the donors or God. Destroy the idol and put God’s money to work.

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2 Comments
  1. This is a great post. I too think that the money should be used for the work of Christ. I do not know if I have seen a lot of Churches that have a huge bank account … but your point still stands. The question I would have is were do we draw that line? When do we say we have enough for emergencies and can freely give and use the rest?

    • Regarding how much. I assume each church would have to make that decision. I think the real crux lies in can they let go of the money when a need presents itself. If they cannot let go then there is idolatry, regardless of the amount in the account.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my post.

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