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Why don't churches sell off all those valuable gold statues and things?

#1Darklit_RequiemPosted 3/3/2013 1:08:39 PM
The Vatican has a huge stash of treasures - wouldn't the more Christian thing be to sell them all and use the money to help feed the poor?
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#2Dathrowed1Posted 3/3/2013 1:12:55 PM
This topic reminds me of a question: "Who is a better Christian, Tim Tebow or Michael Vick?"

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#3Moorish_IdolPosted 3/3/2013 1:22:27 PM
I've never understood why some churches accumulate wealth. It's hypocritical.

The best church I've ever been to (not just as far as speakers, but overall attitude from the congregation) gave away so much of its money that they would rent out a conference room at a local motel. All the seating was just donated basic folding chairs. There was like one or two audio speakers at the most, and the preacher actually used a transparency projector instead of a typical one. It was quite a humbling place.
#4IwantedzeroPosted 3/3/2013 3:43:05 PM
Isn't it okay to be greedy if you're using the money on Jesus or something? I seem to recall a story about someone anointing Jesus with oil and someone was all "yo dawg we should be selling dat crap an' giving the money to da poor!" but Jesus was all "naw dog if it's for me it's cool."

So since Churches spend money to glorify the lord god and Jesus and stuff, that makes it okay. Or...something. I dunno.
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#5CorporateKnightPosted 3/3/2013 3:51:25 PM
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#6LastManStandingPosted 3/3/2013 4:02:23 PM
As far as I know, anything blessed cannot be sold. Peace
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#7Polish_CrusaderPosted 3/3/2013 5:51:35 PM
My church doesnt have any gold or any valuable on display in the sanctuary. Nothing to sell that would be of help, and if they did it would have been sold already.
#8bsballa09Posted 3/3/2013 5:57:28 PM
Because historical artifacts of that magnitude shouldn't be sold like common gold and silver.
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#9TheRealJiraiyaPosted 3/3/2013 6:00:34 PM
bsballa09 posted...
Because historical artifacts of that magnitude shouldn't be sold like common gold and silver.


But some of them are just locked away where no one can see them. Is the keeping of them hidden from sight worth the tens of thousands of children who die each day of starvation?

I am not saying they should get rid of all of it, but it would definitely do a lot of good.

Ill point out that Hezekiah was praised for taking the gold and silver from the Temple to save the lives of the people.
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#10SSj4WingzeroPosted 3/3/2013 6:09:37 PM
Dathrowed1 posted...
This topic reminds me of a question: "Who is a better Christian, Tim Tebow or Michael Vick?"

http://1.media.sportspickle.cvcdn.com/62/93/9bc5382e569fbe804bd27a0c58f3da68-michael-vick-is-a-better-christian-than-tim-tebow.jpg


As a lifelong NFL fan, I lol'd

As to the topic question...they should. It's one thing for basic presentation (after all, if you were driving by the roadside looking for a church, you wouldn't go into one with shattered windows and an unpaved driveway), it's another thing if the church spends nearly as much money on appearances/decoration as it does on other things.

The church I used to go to spent a ton of money building a Baptismal. I...found it awkward, so I and the rest of the college students voiced our concerns up the church hierarchy, only to be essentially ignored. They even refused to tell us how much money they spent on it, so I eventually stopped going there.
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