Whilst I can see the need for someone to be the conscience of a nation, I really do not think that at the moment the church is in a position to do such a thing. Too many scandals, too much support for unworthy causes and too much pandering to other religions does not help.


Four churches have joined forces to accuse the government of welfare payment cuts they say are unjust and target society’s most vulnerable.
The Easter criticism has come from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and the Church of Scotland.
They also want to see a change to “a false picture” of the poor as “lazy”.
The government said society suffered when people were paid more to be unemployed than to work.
A series of changes to benefits are being made in April – including capping rises on working-age benefits at 1% – which will affect hundreds of thousands of households across the UK.

Looks like a case of other people’s money syndrome being played out on the BBC, though one can’t help but wonder if it would have been a major headline if as i were the Labour Party facing such criticism. What is particularly galling is that those calling upon the government to give to those who do not contribute are multi billion pound organisations themselves.
The Church of England for instance holds investments in industrial estates, leisure parks, shopping centres, parking facilities in the city of London and European property. As an established religious organisation, the Various churches are also exempt paying VAT on the costs of maintaining their property, and therefore not contributing to the tax revenue required to run the country, yet they expect us to pay more.
The other three are not so wealthy yet they are clearly in breach of several biblical (New Testament) commands…

Matthew 19:21… Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.

Matthew 6.1… Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people in order to be noticed by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they will be praised by people. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward! But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be done in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6.5… And when you pray, you should not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees you in secret shall reward you openly.

 Mark 6.7… And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.

In other words people in glass houses should not throw bricks. If you’re going to criticise someone for not spending money on the poor, it’s best not to do it from the position of a multi-billion pound organisation.
This is hypocrisy in the extreme, the church would do well to look at the teachings of its founder and not be gathering the fruits of Mammon to spend upon maintaining itself nor using the donations of its followers to keep 44 Bishops on a salary of circa £40,000 to £80,000 a year, who all live rent free in one of the Church’s lavish, historic, houses/palaces/castles.

Note, this isn’t an attack on Christians or Christianity, but upon the organisations that have grown up to support themselves by their means. Until or unless Christians go back to basics and shed the bishops and the wealth accumulated then such criticism of the government for not helping the poor simply looks like posturing…

7 comments for “Hypocrisy

  1. amfortas
    March 31, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Come the day when Christian churches go back to their ‘core’ business – saving Souls. Jesus and co may well have mentioned the poor and encouraged the ‘good’ folk to help them but Jesus Himself said that the poor will always be with us and is not mentioned lobbying Pilate for welfare reform. His restoration of sight and the curing of sundry illnesses was not accompanied by a few bob/sheckles to tide the newly healed over for a few days.

  2. Edward.
    March 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Welfare, it eats up one third of the budget, it is risen to well over £210 billion p/a.

    Osborne maintains, Brown, a prime Mentalist and his clowns set about increasing the client state and with the infantilisation of the nation [another Labour policy] many now inanely believe that they are entitled to gross benefits – “quality of life innit”.

    “Something for nothing” – only in the next life, or in Britain say the churches.

    It would be bad enough, if it was just a case of paying our own nationals but because of open borders we have become the end stop of Europe’s indigents and for most of the rest of the world. Indeed, it was an EU [UN] policy but in 1999 happily introduced by Jack Straw the then Home Secretary – paraphrasing, “to rub our faces in diversity”. Yes certainly they did but they also gave us a vastly inflated benefits bill – one which is finite even if the politicians do not believe it is.

    Most of these newcomers, from the Indians, Kashmiris to the Somalians, from Sudanese to Algerians, Kurds, Albanians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Serbs and many Roma strains – all rely to some extent of benefits.
    Social services and social engineering – councils fall over themselves to advertise the generous welfare payments which the British taxpayer provides and the idiot child benefit allowance mean the birth rate burgeons in every major town and city in the nation.

    It cannot go on, realistic economists say so but the politicians believe it can, they are beholden and tied to the big state insanity.
    At sometime, in the not too distant future – we will find out who was correct, because the system will go under – we are broke, bust and borrowing astronomical amounts in ever increasing numbers….at some point the lenders will say “no more!”

    With public sector pensions liabilities – the national debt is between £3-4 Trillions. Soon Britain, will have to declare bankruptcy and the IMF will play very hard ball. 💡 ❗

  3. Greg Tingey
    March 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    The “church” whatever & whicever one you mean by that … has NEVER been in that position.
    Since the entire message & purpose of all “churches” is dominance & control by blackmail & plausible lies, it could not be otherwise.

    Now please grow up?

    • March 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      You really don’t have a clue do you? 🙄

  4. john in cheshire
    March 31, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    If these churches are so concerned, let them provide the succour the think is being taken away. If there is a need for charity, then let those who identify the need be the first to provide it; don’t just whinge that the government, ie. the rest of us here in England, should provide the funding. If I’m asked to donate, I might and then again I might not but don’t assume that I agree with the government taking my money from me against my will and then giving it to strangers without my consultation, never mind my consent.

  5. Mudplugger
    March 31, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Interesting to note that, over in Rome, Pope Frank is currently making great play of very publicly simplifying the ritual, dispensing with limousines and fancy frocks. Smart move, Frank.

    It heads off the tricky comparison between the awesome wealth of the Catholic Church and the increasing poverty in which it so loves its oppressed adherents to live. Stop flaunting it and they’ll think ‘we’re all in this together’ – wonder where he got that idea ?

  6. Greg Tingey
    April 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Actaully, I do have only too good a clue.
    All religions are based on moral (& if they can manage it) physical blackmail.
    The complete shit of “original sin” (in the christian version) is the origin of this rubbish, of course.

    Longer form: ….
    All religions are blackmail, and are based on fear and superstition.

    Religion offers a supposed comfort-blanket, or carrot to the believers, and waves a stick at the unbelievers.
    “Do as we say, and you’ll go to heaven, don’t do as we say, and you’ll go to hell.” What they conveniently leave out here is the unspoken threat, which is only made manifest in those societies which are theocracies: “If you don’t do as we say, we can make sure you go to hell really painfully, and quickly.”
    Thus all “priests” are liars and/or blackmailers. They may not be deliberate liars, but nonetheless, they are telling untrue fairy-stories.

    Fear of exclusion from the community, in one form or another, is a standard part of the power-structure of any religion or cult. Excommunication, anathema, banishment, exile, fatwah, etc, … Fear of entry being refused in “the next world”, or “the community of saints”, or “the party”. Fear of real physical punishment by the “secular arm”, the NKVD, the Saudi religious police, or whomsoever the current set of spiritual thought police happen to be.

    And hence, of course, the negataion of any idea, anywhere, at any time of a “church” being any sort of “conscience”.

    Now stop wittering tosh, please?

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