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"churches spend part of the money on social assistance"

As a vehicle for proselytizing. Organizations that are dedicated to social assistance have reporting requirements that churches don't. It's not transparent at all what churches spend their money on. It's a murky government-sponsored wealth redistribution scheme. Not unlike the financial industry in that regard.

"As a vehicle for proselytizing."

...which produces more social assistance.

and the need for it.

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