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I will say here like I said on JesusNeedsNewPR. Most of the complaints about this say it is like taking money from the Government. If you take money from BP (or the government) you will be beholden to them later.

Instead, I think this should be much more like receiving an insurance payment. If a BP gas station blew up and seriously damaged your building, I cannot think of any good reason why a church would not accept an insurance payment.

For the oil spill, many churches, like many other non-profits in the area, put out a lot of money to help those in their church and in their community and at the same time were getting less from their congregation because many in the church were out of work. Now I would not object to BP asking for proof (though financial statements) to show that they really were down in offerings, but I do not think it is inappropriate to receive just compensation for a loss.
I would tend to agree. Typing a letter on church letterhead demanding to be compensated for our losses seems to be the sort of thing you should avoid. Even if the money is really owed to the church (which it isn't...if the workers get payouts shouldn't they tithe on that? Unless they had a crab business on the side the church was not directly harmed by the oil spill) demanding justice instead of forgiving debts is not the way the church should act.

With that said I understand where they're coming from. Paying bills and salaries must seem next to impossible at this point. And to have so many people in need and no way to help them? Getting paid would be tempting.
But our trust is not in money...it can't be. Trusting that God can and will provide seems a better option than trying to force BP to provide.
Do we really want to be getting checks from the government? Once we start this 'addiction', there will be no going back
WOW ISN'T IT ENOUGH THAT THEY TAKE UP TITHES AN OFFERING AND ANYTHING ELSE THEY CAN TAKE FROM THE PEOPLE IN CHURCH LIKE FOR A GUESS SPEAKER AND THE LIST GOES ON AND WHEN A MEMBER NEED SOMETHING FROM THEM AND FIND THERE SELF AT HARD TIMES WE HAVE TO GO AND APPLY FOR SOCIAL SERVICE CAUSE THEY DO NOT EVEN TRY TO HELP THERE OWN WHAT IS A MATTER WHAT THEM AS A SOCIETY OR GROUP OF CONGRAGATION THEY HAVE LOSS THERE MINDS AND IF THAT'S NOT BAD ENOUGH THEY PASS AROUND TITHES EVLOPES TO SEE WHO GOT WHAT AND IT ONLY FOR THE ONES THAT ARE IN THE MIDDLE CLASS TITHING BUT YET IN STILL THEY SEEK OUT WHO IS WHO AND LEAVE THE POOR WITH OUT NOTHING GOD SAD PAY YOUR TITHES HE SAID NOTHING IN HIS WORD ABOUT PASSING OUT EVLOPES TO THE CONGRAGATION WOW YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME WHERE IS THE CHURCH IN THE BUILDING OR THE BUILDING IN THE CHURCH I SAY GIVE UNTO TO THEM AS THEY HAVE GIVEN UNTO TO US GRACE UNTO YOU ALL AMEN.
I'm thinkin'...NO. Because tithes are to be given by the man or woman as God has prospered him/her. Just my quick thought.
The fund they are requesting money from is not government money.
I suppose this is one of those "Only In America" stories. Is the Church a business or The Body of Christ? Does the pastor -the shepherd of the flock have his hand raised in blessing or out for the money? Give to the poor Jesus said- not grab from the rich.
It is completely inappropriate for this church to be seeking compensation in this manner.

The church operates as a non-profit and is tax-exempt. The church relies on voluntary tithes and offerings as well as support from the parent organization of the denomination for material support. One cannot compare a church to a business affecting by the BP oil spill, as the analogy does not fit (unless the church is violating its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and is invested in non-church related businesses).

The church should reach out to its members and its denominational headquarters for financial help, and not turn to a global for-profit corporation for compensation for losses which may (or may not) be peripherally related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Ye of little faith!
Should churches affected by the recession be able to seek compensation from the federal government or Wall Street financial firms? I think not.
But that is not what we are talking about. This is a specific situation.
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