A common critique of the church is how can we spend so much money on our buildings when there are so many people in need.
Did the protestant reformers change course on this issue? Every week people give to their 'church', and the bulk of the money goes towards staff and buildings. There are mega church buildings that compete with the extravagance of the older Catholic churches.
But if we look to the early church:
- Those who had wealth gave very generously
- Money was given to anyone who was in need.
- I can't find evidence of church budgets that supported programs, buildings and staff
There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.Are we to give money to primarily support buildings, staff, and programs... or is the giving priorities of the New Testament church meant to be different? Are we following the book on this one? Is there room for further reform?