Religious institutions in the United States are generally economically corrupt and have been controlled by the commercial banking debt system for over 100 years.
Have you seen Creflow Dollar dancing on top of cash money on stage in his church? Daddy Grace would have his followers pin dollar bills on a money tree. Father Divine would provide a buffet dinner for his followers’ dollars. Reverend Ike would give to his followers what he called a blessing clothe in return for money. The Jehovah’s Witnesses or Watchtower Society founder Charles Taze Russell played on his members’ fears of an apocalyptic end of the world. It was to occur in 1874. It did not occur. Time and again that church would crunch numbers and predict the end of the world. But all that happened is what always happens and that is people were filled with fear and they paid church leaders to not be afraid. In the meantime, the leaders became wealthy simply making their followers afraid of one scam after the other. None of those kinds of exchanges were economically and morally fair to their members.
Each of them, and those like them, used many gimmicks for one purpose: to get money from people who believed that they could buy happiness from God.
Have you seen the outrageous circus-like atmosphere inside megachurches as their ministers, choirs, and organists emotionally whip their church members up into a frenzy as though they were in a voodoo ritual?
Do you think that my voodoo analogy is farfetched? Maybe you should read the book: Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brainwashing-How Evangelists, Psychiatrists, Politicians, and Medicine Men can Change Your Belief. Note the word ‘physiology’. That is the key word in unlocking the method of ‘unconscious’ control exercised over people by master manipulators.
There is logic driving the kind of emotionalism whipped up in mega churches. The group emotional state has the purpose to make individuals act out unconsciously and in predetermined ways.
In Mega churches and revival meetings or whenever you have a mass of people gathered, the organizers of such mass meetings know that herd emotional sentiment is greater than any one individual’s capacity to resist it thus making a person less able to make rational choices. They simply follow the herd unconsciously because feelings of insecurities are aroused in them unconsciously. For example, in a group of 1000 people, if 500 of them reach into their pockets to take out and give money then their act will influence another 250 or more persons to do the same unconsciously especially if they have been whipped up emotionally. People will feel increasingly insecure when not conforming to a crowd especially under timed pressure. The only way for an individual to make the insecure feelings go away is for him or her to follow the herd or leave it.
One tactic used by some churches is to post a tithing list showing those who gave the least at the bottom. The theory is that the insecure feelings aroused in a person when others see their name at the bottom of the list will influence them to give more money and to compete with others who gave more than they did.
Another example is an experiment I conducted in a college class I teach. I arranged all of the desks so that they would be facing the rear wall of the classroom. I had about15 students come early to class and told them what I was doing. They sat facing the wall. I waited outside the classroom. As students came into class they each took a seat facing the wall. A point, they followed the herd unconsciously without thinking whether or not I’d be lecturing in my usual place in front of the class behind the lectern.
Do you understand that most churches, both white and black, are in the business of selling the same kind of indulgences which were sold by the Catholic Church to peasants in medieval Europe? Let me explain to you what an ‘indulgence’ is. “In the sixteenth-century indulgences had already taken on the characteristic of a pure money making act … a way of creating revenue.” An ‘indulgence’ was a ‘promise’ which a church gave to a believer. It said that if a believer gave to the church money then that money would buy him or her into heaven, it would prevent him her from going to hell or that they would get a blessing from God in life.
But the question now is how did this get incorporated into religious practices in the United States where religious freedom is protected under the U.S. Constitution?
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” The original intent of the ‘free exercise thereof…” clause in the federal constitution is to protect citizens from what had been happening to people in Europe. In Europe, the religious persecution of people by governments and dominant religious groups in the form of discriminatory laws, physical torture, and murder was the norm.
That is why the framers of the constitution included the “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” clause in the Constitution. They did not want religious persecution by either government or dominant religious groups in the United States.
However, the relation between states and federal governments with religious institutions began to change in the 20th century.
The Internal Revenue Service was instituted and codified in 1913 as the 16th amendment to the United States Constitution right after the Federal Reserve Bank Act was signed into law in the same year.
It was written by the same senators and congressmen who wrote the Federal Reserve Bank Bill and who presented it to Woodrow Wilson in 1913 for his signature.
The bankers involved were J.P. Morgan, Rockefeller, Paul Warburg, Senator Aldrich of Rhode Island, the Rothschild family and many others. The Internal Revenue Service was added to the U.S. Constitution as the 16th amendment so that American citizens could be taxed to pay for government expenditures and debt owed to the Federal Reserve Bank.
Religious organizations’ tax status was intentionally written in vague terms within the Internal Revenue Service tax code for a reason.
By writing the tax code for tax-exempt status for religious organizations vaguely, commercial Banks were able to incorporate religious institutions into their banking debt system just as they had incorporated Federal government spending into their debt system.
The banks welcomed the non-profit status to religious organizations. But what was their reason for jubilation? The reason is that they wanted to commercialize religious organizations in the United States because that would create for them yet another constant revenue stream and increased profit margins by means of the fractional reserve deposit rule.
Churches having a non-profit status and which claimed that they helped the poor made them eligible to not be financially transparent as was the Federal Government and State governments; they did not have to be transparent to their members nor to state and federal governments on how much money they collected nor how they spent that money. It meant that they could buy property without having to pay property tax.
This is about the time when we see the big urban religious frauds emerge and their century-long acts of legalized fraud against ignorant black poor people.
No longer is there reinforcement of the original intent of the constitution. It was and is generally not understood by religious people and religious leaders.
And even if some did understand it; making money came to take a priority over spiritual principles. They became increasingly interested in membership growth because it was the size of church or organization membership as ‘livestock’ which served as their collateral in their efforts to get bank loans.
What that did to religion in the United States was to prevent it from moving to spiritual interests and instead moved it to a predominant interest in commercial activity primarily in the form of making money.
Churches began early in the 20th century to compete with the same and other denominations primarily in growing urban areas. They built bigger and bigger churches as if in an arms race to attract new members who were looking for a higher social status in a larger church. Churches competed with one another for members as would for-profit businesses compete for customers. Churches had become de facto commercial enterprises.
White and Black Churches have funneled trillions of dollars into commercial banks over many decades. For example, black people donate about 17 billion dollars per year to their churches and white people donate approximately 100 billion dollars per year to their churches. But that money does not work for the church members. That money was and is then loaned out to the private business sector to expand their profits at the expense of religious congregations. At the end of the day, black church members see no private sector investments into their communities’ infrastructure.
If you are wondering why it was and is so easy for banks to manipulate religious leadership into a commercial relationship with them and with their followers, the answer is a simple one. It was and is because preachers and bank owners understand basic human biology and the psychology of fear as well as the propensity of most humans to be ignorant.
But bankers are smarter than preachers; they are smarter because the bankers have had a great advantage. They have had centuries of experience dealing with the greed of royal families and aristocrats in Europe.
What can we conclude given these facts? We can conclude that most preachers are middlemen and women for not only state and federal governments but also for financial institutions.
We can conclude that most black churches deposit their donations in commercial banks.
We can conclude that those banks make profits on the church deposits far greater than the amount of interest paid on church deposits.
We can conclude that religious members do not receive any monetary returns from their churches even though their churches operate as de facto commercial enterprises.
We can conclude that most church leadership live off of the donations of their church members.
We can conclude that many churches invest money in corporations which violate human rights nationally and internationally.
We can conclude that most black churches are corrupted by the commercial orientation of their denominations and boards of directors.
We can conclude that most black churches merely parrot verses from the Old Testament and New Testament which support their economic interests and which support their authority over their church members.
We can conclude that most black churches are spiritually bankrupt.
We can conclude that the above conditions are the reasons why black church leadership is torn between a socialistic worldview, free-masonry membership, and capitalistic assumptions as their basis for social explanations on how to approach social problems in the black community.
We can conclude that this kind of economic exploitation will continue well into the 21st century because of the deep-seated spiritual ignorance passed on from generation to generation in black communities.
That will continue because black people enjoy the entertainment of circus theatrics and reject spiritual substance and they believe that they can pay their way into heaven or out of hell. Are there any solutions to this global problem? I think there are some practical solutions. We must become owners and not remain donors.
One solution is that black Americans should categorically and unequivocally reject giving donations to non-profit organizations and instead demand that they receive dividends from their cash investments from their religious organizations. That would, in turn, require them to demand financial transparency from those religious organizations.
That will require church leaders to present to their congregations well thought out business prospectuses to justify asking them for money.
Black people should demand that their religious leaders include them in profit-making ventures as shareholders or owners and not just faceless donors. The reason is simple. It is unfair for banks to make money on religious donations and for members of religious organizations to get no money in return.
The problem associated with solutions is that people must first have the will to apply those solutions if there is to be any hope of change.
 Battle For The Mind, by William Sargant, pub. Malor Books, 1997
 The Importance of Indulgences during Medieval Christianity, by Ashley Crawford
 The History of the 501(c)(4), by Jacob Gershman, The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2013