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OUR LORD, SAVIOR, MASTER, AND GOD, JESUS CHRIST spoke, taught and warned us about the love of money or material things more than He did about heaven. Our world is consumed with money and material things and, sad to say, so is the Church.

 
 
American Christians are keeping all but a tiny fraction OF their wealth for themselves
                        

While the amount of money that American Protestants give to churches has risen steadily since the end of the Second World War, our rapidly increasing wealth has far outpaced any increase in giving.

 

 

Giving to religion has averaged an annual, inflation-adjusted growth of 2.3 percent since 1963, but in the same time-period, disposable personal income has increased even more rapidly-by an average of three percent.

 

 

Statistics show that the American church is less generous now, after a half-century of unprecedented prosperity, than it was at the depth of the Great Depression. Our church giving over the last two decades has remained stagnantly around 2.5 percent whereas 40 years ago Christians were giving 3 percent, and 80 years ago, 3.5 percent.

 

 

Our giving has fallen behind that of previous generations, and more

importantly, behind the Biblical standard. Only six percent of born-again Christians even tithed in 2002. 

 

And all the while, Americans own approximately 40 percent of the world's wealth.   (provided by generousgiving.org)

 

 

 

Blueprint Ministries is a subsidiary program of The Springbrook Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

 

 

TIME - TALENTS – TREASURE - THEOLOGY

 

Did you know the national average verifies that about 14% of your church congregation gives 100% of your church’s giving? The first thing that comes to my mind about these stats is what Jesus Christ said in Luke 16:9-13;

 

 

9And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings. 10He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?  12And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth"

 

 

In addition, the numbers are similar for serving and evangelism. It is fitting for today’s church when Jesus Christ also said in Luke 12:34 and Matthew 6:21; For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

 

It’s safe to say the Church by in large is in love with the world and the things of the world.