Religion O They Will Know We Are Christians…
posted by November 16 at 14:15 PMon
…the way our very messy divorces expose our highly questionable “business” practices.
The Biblical Gospel of Matthew famously admonishes Christians not to try to serve both God and wealth. But a pastor’s estranged wife says he has blended the two so thoroughly that his church should be counted as an asset in their divorce.
A judge agreed in a decision published this week to hear arguments on the claim, and he ordered a financial appraisal of the church. Lawyers involved in the case said it could represent the first time anyone in New York state has tried to treat a religious institution as a marital asset.
The wife argues that her husband of 31 years used his Brooklyn church as a “personal piggy bank,” setting his own income, spending the congregation’s tithes as he pleased and running a catering business from the building, according to an account of the claims in state Supreme Court Judge Arthur M. Diamond’s decision….
The wife said $50,000 of the couple’s money went into starting the church, and she should share in value.
“That church is no different than any other business he might have opened,” said the wife’s lawyer, Robert Pollack.
A church is a business—in exchange for your your money you get guilt, hang-ups, and judgement—oh, and “salvation.” And every once in a while your kids get raped. Such a deal!