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In light of the following news:

Pope Francis has replaced a German bishop whose $43 million new residence complex sparked outrage among Catholics.

I think the German bishop did that on purpose. I question myself, if Pope Francis wants to clean out the church, why doesn't he spend all the church money among the believers, like in Acts 2:45 NET

They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

I wonder, will the Roman Catholic church cease to exist if they spend all their money?

Here is what I want to focus. In 2013 Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale collected $43M in Tithe and $27M in Revenue. WOW! Many other denominational churches are alike. Archdiocese of Boston about $40M Net Increase for 2013.

Why doesn't the Calvary chapel say to their members:

"Wait guys we already make $27M in Revenue. We don't need your tithe - just give it to someone in need. Now besides giving non-believers ADVICE, now you can give them your tithe MONEY."

I think the Levi system of keeping the temple and tithe is Long Gone And Moved On.
And I think Xtianity is more about Acts 2:45. Am I wrong?

I am not asking if the Church should collect money. I just don't understand why the Church keeps on collecting a TITHE when their bank if full of money and make millions in revenue and the Levi system is gone?

Maybe the Levi system of keeping the temple and tithe is still in place for xtians. Is it?

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The Catholic Church doesn't collect a tithe; and it doesn't have an enormous amount of money (although some property, built in another age, may now be quite valuable). Your question may be built on a false premise. –  Andrew Leach Mar 26 at 14:03
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@AndrewLeach The problem is not with the Catholic Church alone, but even more with the charismatic movement and the mega churches. Of course this could be seen in all religions, Christianity is not the only one. –  jlaverde Mar 26 at 14:29
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Yeah, last I checked, building maintenance, electricity, custodial salaries and everything is free for churches everywhere. –  Narnian Mar 26 at 14:30
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@AaronKorn Are you talking about some specific church? Because no church I have ever been part of had enough money to fund its activities without the donations of its members. –  DJClayworth Mar 26 at 18:16
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Taking the Boston example, it has a cash reserve of about a quarter of its annual expenditure, or a cushion of three months. That's pretty seat-of-your-pants finances. –  Andrew Leach Mar 26 at 18:38

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Why The Church keeps on collecting a Tithe?

To begin, the first tithe was collect more than 400 years prior to the giving of the Mosaic Law (Genesis 14:17-20). It should be obvious, then, that tithing is independent of the law, having originated more than 400 years earlier.

However, the question here has nothing to do with the legitimacy or illegitimacy of the tithe. Neither does the question address whether or not the tithe is still in effect for Christian believers. The question is, again—

Why does the church keep collecting the tithe"

The answer, in its simplest form, is so that there may be equity (2 Corinthians 8:14 [AV]). The extended answer is that the New Testament teaches that those who minister spiritual things (Teaching, Preaching, Prayer, Counsel, etc.) TO you, have a right to receive carnal things (Ca$h, Gold, $ilver, Preciou$ $tone$, etc.) FROM you (Romans 15:25-27; 1 Corinthians 9:11-14).

The gospel is free, however, getting the gospel message to people costs money, time, and manpower. So the church continues to receive offerings of money, time, and manpower in order to continue to promote the gospel message.

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Thanks. But, The Rights of the Apostles? I guess I should think like that about my Priest, an Apostle. –  deleteMe Mar 26 at 17:54

It is clear that many churches are not about the people and the mission, but about making revenue; a "non-profit", tax-free corporation. God never intended for this. Nevertheless, there are those churches whose whole motive is not to build a cathedral, or a facility, but to get to lost souls.

Money is needed to reach souls. In some denominations, the tithe does NOT stay in the church, but goes to a central body, where it is divided for different purposes, but mostly to pay honest salaries to the pastors and further the work. Only the offerings stay in the church to pay for the church expenses. This prevents this type of thing happening. Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, and many other mega church "ministers" are nothing more than thieves. What is worst is that they aren't just stealing from people, but from God Himself.

It is sickening and sad that the same thing that sparked the reformation is what is happening now. Taking money from the poor, uneducated peasants to give to the greedy who have too much. I was reading Luther's 95 theses yesterday and it seems like in a way this is what's going on today. Only people now do not have time to read the Biblical Truths, while before, people just didn't have the Bible.

The tithing system does work and it does have a Godly purpose, but like many other Biblical doctrines, they are twisted for the economic profit of false prophets, making people despise Christianity, the church, and God Himself.

EDIT: I should included the purpose of the tithe.

6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.

“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’

8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.

“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’

“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.

Malachi 3:6-12

God does not change, and his decrees have not changed. The tithe is necessary for the sustenance of his ministers and the work. that is why God says in v. 10,

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.

But there has to be a fair distribution of the tithe. The pastor in a rich area should not make more than the pastor in the poor area. Also, if the tithe is kept by the pastor, this motivates the pastor to preach what pleases the members instead of the plain Biblical truths.

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