That's according to Pagan Christianity?, a great/frightening/disheartening/encouraging book about the pagan roots of Western Church practices and traditions.
The book is full of things that'll make you think twice about what you know as "church," and I recommend it.
The $9 billion figure stands out because it's ridiculous. The US church spends $9 billion on buildings? Really? Wow, what a waste.
Here's list of things $9 billion could buy:
- 9,000,000,000 vaccinations against meningitis, measles, polio or other deadly epidemics (Doctors without Borders.)
- 3,571,428 sponsorships providing full-time residential care for children in an Arms of Love Children's Home, which includes all meals, housing, houseparents and other staff, a private education, clothing, medical care, recreation, and all other costs of full-time care for a year (Arms of Love).
- 1,285,714 heart surgeries for Iraqi children (Shevet Achim).
- 900,000 international homes (Habitat for Humanity).