Let me start off by saying I'm a Strong Believer in God and the Bible!
And I do attend (Not as often as I should) and donate regularly to a small church that my Mother was a member and I grew up attending.
One of my sisters and I have had a long dispute about this question "Should you pay to pray" She attends a big church and donates a portion of her earnings to the church and she also pays for her son and daughter to attend Private school there as well.
She was telling me about one of her Preachers receiving from the Church a brand new Cadillac Escalade with ALL the extras, when I say all I mean GPS system built in, Leather interior, Rear TV's etc..... I'm talking easily a 75 thousand plus plus vehicle. He was very Impressed and thankful for the gift. (Really wouldn't we all be?) Now I'm sure he will have to figure out what to do with the 3 yr old Cadillac he was driving.
Now I'm thinking (cause I DO that sometimes) that the money could have really helped out A LOT of people during these hard times. Even a few that attend her Church that have lost their jobs over the past year. And I also wonder how much of a say so"members" had in picking out this gift from their Church for him.
My Sister a 25 year member was totally surprised and happy for him when the gift was driven into the church and presented to her Favorite Preacher.