Come on Saddlebag? You really can't see where the money goes?
I don't know about property taxes where you are, but I am relatively certain a church pays property taxes where I live.
Electricity, water, maintenance, publishing, salaries, schools, retirement, just to name a few of the big money items.
how do you think a church pays for itself without donations?
Its just like a club, if you want to join the club, you pay your dues. You have no interest in joining this club, big deal, I don't really care, buy what is your point on bad mouthing this "club"? It makes you no better than the "Bible thumping, faith pushers" you dislike so much.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is today.