Germany is a socialist country. It has as strong central government that limits the freedom of its citizens and businesses much more than in our nation. A German court has now weighed-in for the Roman Catholic Church. German citizens who are registered Catholics must pay a 9 percent surcharge on their income taxes or be kicked out of the Catholic church. In other words, the government strong-arms German Catholics into giving 9 percent of their income to the Roman Church, which amounts to over $5 billion annually (see the story).
To those of us in the US, this sounds crazy, especially in light of what the Bible teaches. Giving is to be voluntary, as you purpose in your heart, not as the government determines (2 Cor. 9:6, 7). This is just one example of corruption in Roman Catholicism and highlights the fact it is not the Church of the Bible.
It also reminds us of one of the main reasons this nation was founded and why it attracts so many people from around the world to this day: religious freedom. Though many of us see our religious freedom eroding and there is no doubt it is under attack, at least we are not to the point of a government-enforced religious tax.
Finally, this shows the need to teach people the Bible and the requisite to get back to the Bible. Throw away all the changes men have made, whether in Roman Catholicism, Denominationalism, or in any other way, simply speaking as the oracles of God (1 Pet. 4:11).