The Mormon Church declares they are the One True and Living Church on the face of the earth. Joseph Smith said the other churches draw near to the Lord with their lips, but their hearts are far from him. At one time Bruce R. McConkie said the Catholic Church was the great and abominable church described in the Book of Mormon. With this in mind it should be quite easy to compare fruits between different churches and have the Mormon Church stand out from the rest as a light upon a hill. If they are indeed the only true church, then we should be able to compare them to others and see a discernible difference. We then can share the glad tidings with our friends and let them know without a doubt we are here to serve humanity as the one true Church that does not go running after Babylon like those other whores do.
Today we will examine three churches- The Seventh-day Adventists, the Catholic Church, and of course The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We will look at humanitarian service since that seems to fit the spirit of Christ’s message as described in Mathew 25 and elsewhere. In addition, we will take a little detour along the way and look at how open these organizations are about where their money goes.
Let us begin with the catholic organization. Their records are online and open for all to see. Two words describe their transparency-Impressive and detailed. They have their tax return posted from 2014 and it tells all kinds of information. For instance. it shows how much money was sent to each country,how many countries were assisted, lists officers and directors as well as their compensation for the year,supplemental financial statements, statements of activities outside the U.S.,and so on. On form 990 it showed they had total revenues of:
$678,100,006 in 2013 and $735,336,542 in 2014.
In 2013 they spent according to line 13 of the tax return in humanitarian service $167,946,006 and in 2014 they paid out $169,996,065.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church took in 2.3 billion in tithing for 2014 and provided a total value of aid worth $291,556,608 in U.S. dollars. They operate 7,579 schools, 21 food Industries, 173 hospitals and sanitariums, 126 nursing homes and retirement centers, 34 orphanages and children’s homes, and so on.
The Mormon Church takes in approximately 8 billion a year in tithing, untold amount in fast offerings, and untold additional business profits from their lucrative business holdings around the world.Dallin Oaks, one of the 15 apostles of the church, gave a lecture at the University of Oxford in June 2016. He said the church contributes 40 million per year for humanitarian and welfare causes. The church put out a one page statement covering 26 years from 1985 to 2011 that showed a slightly higher amount of a little over 50 million per year over that time period.
Now let us review:
- Catholic Church wins hands down in this department. They have their tax filing online for all the world to see. There are not enough superlatives to describe this type of openness.
- Seventh-day Adventist Church clearly comes in second. They have a comprehensive website that lists total contributions, contributions, who they assist, and individuals to contact with questions.
- The Mormon Church places a distant third. They provide a one page outline for 26 years with little real information. They also provide a one year summary of 2014 that is one page with very little real information provided. They refuse to tell the total amount of contributions as well as other details.
1. The Catholic Church comes in first in terms of total contributions and percentage of revenues taken in and contributions payed out. Not bad for the great and abominable church!
2. In terms of total contributions and percentage, the Adventist Church places second. I can see where a case may be made for coming in first based on the permanent organizations they run such as Orphanages, etc.
3. In terms of total contributions and percentage of money taken in and aid rendered, the True and Living Mormon Church placed a distant third.
The good news is that while the other two churches operate hospitals, nursing homes, immigrant relief in their buildings, and so on, the Mormon Church supported homeless people by building ONE home for a man in Kazakhstan.They announced this project on their newsroom website.
Mormon 8:37: For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.
By Their fruits……