A commenter yesterday posted a link to a job listing for Robert Morris' Gateway Church. Apparently the religious business is good in Texas, and this 501(c)3 religious non-profit has about 13 paid positions open for "ministry", including these two:
Members need to be entertained. Thus Gateway needs a "Creative Director of Performing Arts"
Members need to drink skinny vanilla lattes when visiting the religious metroplex. Thus Gateway needs a paid "Cafe Barista."
But why do "churches" like this still enjoy a 501(c)3 religious tax exemption? They are businesses. They have customers. They provide services to their customers.
The "Man of God" is the CEO. Why does he still enjoy a tax-free ministerial housing allowance?
And please stop telling me that Jesus Christ demands people to give 10% of their income to a place like this, else their finances are "cursed" or that God will hold back his blessings.
The "curse" is if you do decide to fork over 10% of your money to Gateway and other such religious businesses.
That IS the curse.
If you're a member of one of these big dog churches: treat them for what they are. A business. If you like to show up on Sunday for the entertainment and speech, fine. Come, pay them about what you might pay for a movie, maybe $10 per person. Buy some popcorn for the kids, get the wife a latte, and sit back and enjoy the show.
But don't be conned into giving them 10% of your cash flow. Did I just say that? You better believe I did!