Controversial Report: The Black Church Has Received Over $420 Billion in Tax Free Dollars Since 1980?

- By Bossip Staff

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According to a controversial investigative report series, Black America doesn’t have much beyond ‘inspiration’ and ‘big churches’ to show for over $420 billion given to the Black church since 1980. More

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  • told you so

    this is something somebody had to do a study on. I could have told you for half the price.

  • Hannibal

  • Aunt Viv

    Creflo Dollar left a message on my answering machine just last week, talking about me coming to service at Madison Square Garden.

  • LisaJ

    …..who is surprised here?? Pulpit Pimps…..I’m surprise they are not all marching around with Joe Jackson! These guys are going to get what is coming to them for teach lies and pagan doctrine…read The Two Babylons..you will be shocked at what is going on in the church.

  • Des

    I know that’s right wedidn’t need a study for this crap..But I will say this is BS, because my pastor had a real job, hell he was a teacher at my high school…I didn’t grow up in a small town either, so he had to work… I don’t get it do people think that the more you give these men the more you will have a chance to get into the gates. There is no damn way i am giving more than I am suppose to and their is no way you should be getting paid this kindof money for what you called your calling…That’s sad!

  • Gimmeabreak78

    There is nothing wrong with tithing and giving generously to the church. As a matter of fact, it is very scriptural to do so. I think that church giving gets such a bad rap because too many churches are irresponsible with the donations. For example, a church cannot keep taking up a building fund for twenty years, and no one ever sees a brick get laid. I am a tither, and my church has fresh paint, nice buildings, several community outreach programs and has even helped me financially in the past when I needed it. A church should be truly transparent with its finances because that’s the only way people will ever trust them with the money that is donated.

  • Menominee_Nation

    i think its only fair and logical for ALL people to scrutinize contributions to an endless “roof fund” that every damn church seems to have. its as old as time.

  • Tropical English

    You need to stop giving so much if your minister is living better than you and all he doing is ‘minister-ing’ with no outside job.

    In the religious group I grew up in, the minister worked TWO jobs to feed his family, just like my own parents.

  • Tropical English

    @Des

    Well said. I don’t want to see your pics on TMZ hugged up with Judge Mathis and Michael Jordan at a celebrity golf tournament…

  • Somer

    I am not surprised. When I moved to Atl in 2000 I could not believe the stories I heard about these mega churches. It’s like a cult. These stupid women will pay their tithes before their gas bill.

    Every church I visited had a 70% female congregation. You could tell that most of them were single. These women worship preachers like husbands. That 30% male population was half sissies & the other half were old men trying to get right before their time was up.

    Why don’t straight, young black men go to church. Michael Baisden said it best. GAME RECOGNIZE GAME

  • Aunt Viv

    I have a problem with megachurches in general. I’m sure many of them are doing good work, but to me, the bad apples have spoiled the whole bunch.

  • intensemocha

    I AM SO GLAD THAT LIGHT IS FINALLY BEING SHED ON THIS ISSUE-SO MANY CHURCHES MORE SPECIFICALLY THEIR PASTOR’S WHO SAY THEY ARE WORKING FOR THE LORD ARE DRIVING AROUND IN EXPENSIVE CARS AND LIVING IN BIG BEAUTIFUL HOMES AND COURTESY OF MONEY GIVEN TO THE CHURCH IN THE COLLECTION PLATE ON SUNDAYS

    IT’S TIME FOR ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Somer

    I predict 1000 comments today cause blogs pertaining to religion will always set it off………

  • Lady J

    This is so unfortuanate…very common in the Black church…my only issue with the 420 billion dollar tax free money is that the church only shares with very few indivuals…ie. the pastor, his kids, wife and oh some of the decons…this is pitiful…with that kind of money…every church member should be debt free, houses/cars paid off with the current + next generation….

  • intensemocha

    BOY THEY GO SO HARD-IT USE TO BE GIVE WHAT YOU HAVE NOW THEY HAVE THE AUDACITY TO SET A CERTAIN AMOUNT THEY WANT EVERYONE TO GIVE DESPITE THEIR OWN FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

    I STRUGGLE WITH THIS PRACTICE-I GIVE WHAT I CAN AND I DO MAKE A SACRIFICE BUT GOD GAVE ME FIVE SENSES AND I AM GOING TO USE THEM-I BE DAMN IF I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU MY UTILITIES BILL OR FOOD MONEY AND BE LOOKING LIKE DOPEY DO WHEN I CAN’T EAT AND THE LIGHTS AREN’T ON

  • http://Bossip Camry02

    My take on big churches……if you are a faithful member whether you are paying tithes or not and the Pastor does not know your name….IT IS TRULY TIME FOR YOU TO FIND ANOTHER CHURCH HOME.

  • Menominee_Nation

    @intensemocha

    thats what i am sayin too! (love the five senses reference…LOL) there’s been enough corruption, particularly in the catholic church (my “religion”) that i have a hard time going without so an alter boy gets some hush money or the pastor gets to take a better vacay than me. yer right!

  • Lady J

    The word says that tithing can also be be used for the poor & widowed; I’d rather give my tithes to my mother who is on a fixed income, or my little sister, who is in college or my own children struggling to finish college…pastors make you believe that tithe = heaven…you can buy heaven, and you WILL NOT miss heaven if you don’t tithe…. TRUTH

  • Lady J

    *can’t buy heaven

  • Resurrected

    Whatever I give I give to God and not man and if U understand that then U would not look at it so negatively because when U need help U guess who U will call on…

  • Lady J

    @Resurrected….God owns all the money all the riches in the land…he don’t need your money…I understand that the lights, gas for the church is needed….take up a collection for that and pay the pastor a salary…. each member should be able to be given advances, bonuses of the money that was given thoughout the years spend at a church…ALL children should be given money for their education…(the entire college education)

  • Tone's Opinion

    There’s nothing wrong with giving generously to your religous institution if they’re going to use that money to re-invest into the communities and really be of good services to those who need them. I’ve always questioned the validity of a lot of these churches. Especially when you can go to any black neighborhood accross the nation and find 3 or 4 churches on every other block. But yet the crime rates are still soaring, poverty is still rampant, and no one seems to be saved or even trying to live a saved life. The black church is a mess and has been for a very long time.

  • Lady J

    @Resurrected…share the wealth….one of the seven deadly sins…….GREED, all too often seen in black churches….

  • III

    They’re called mega-churches because they have a large congregation. People who attend those churches go for one reason or another and I’m not one to determine why. That’s between you and the man above. If you feel like that his ministry is helping you to grow and become a better person in the Lord then you’ll support his ministry by giving. Again, what you give is between you and God. No amount of giving is wrong because those of us who understand what it means to give know that one it’s not all about money and two we know where it starts. If you have to think about it or worry about it then you’re giving with the wrong attitude and the seed that you gave won’t grow.

  • Resurrected

    I feel if U think that not giving your tithes to a church or preacher is a good enough reason to because U think that they are spending the money in properly then what is your real relationship with GOD… U you believe for God to be your vindicator of all wrong done to U then what are U worrying about. God will always be bigger than man and he will right all your wrongs in time if that is the case…

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