And that is why church attendance is down for most major religions. People just don't want to go anymore, and when they do go, they don't feel welcome. "This is our private little God club" the members say, "Go away!"
And increasingly, people question what they are giving their money to. When a Bishop spends $42 million sprucing up the house, you have to ask yourself, when you can barely make your mortgage payment, whether you should "tithe" 10% to the church.
The new modern Mega-Churches at least spend their money (most of the time) on infrastructure that serves the congregation. These Mega-Churches and their attendant bookstores, coffeehouses, meeting rooms, and the like, provide things like day care, AAA meetings, counseling, and activities for parishioners, in addition to church services.
But you have to wonder, is building a $20 million church to do this, really serving God, or just creating a really cool clubhouse for the faithful?
God doesn't want your money, that's for sure. He can't spend it. I suppose he appreciates a fancy cathedral or some really amazing church art. But private clubhouses for the elite? Probably a bad idea.