(What Does The Bible Teach About Pastors?)
Part 5: Why Would Paul Refuse Compensation As A Preacher?
Peace be unto you. If Church congregations would stop paying Preachers high salaries, how many would say they have been called. Are most Preachers today the false Prophets/Preachers noted in the Bible?
Peace and Love, Carl Patton a willing slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 4 April 2006 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
Beloved during the time of the Old Law the Priesthood was supported by a tithe commanded by God. However this command has passed with the coming of Jesus Christ and the New Law. Meanwhile most of the Preachers in the Church today deny Christ and the resurrection and still claim that God commands the people that make up the Church to pay a tithe.
Who were the people of the Old Law? Were they Jews? If so does the Old Law extend to Jews that have made the transition to Christianity today? What about the Gentiles? Are they (Gentiles) honorary Jews and are still bond by the Old Law. Can you abide by the Old Law and accept Christ as your Savior? Did Christ come to remove the need to pay tithes by dying for sins? WHY DON’T THE PREACHERS TEACH THE TURTH ABOUT THIS QUESTION? Do Preacher love MONEY $$$$ more than God?
Meanwhile Paul does not mention anything about a tithe when he teaches about giving in the New Testament. He also goes to great lengths to demonstrate that he is not preaching for money. We are still reviewing Deuteronomy 18: 1 (1-8) and a cross reference found at 1 Corinthians 9. We resume our discussion with verse 15.
1 Corinthians 9: 15. “But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void”
Although Paul realized that God (verse 14) has noted that Preachers are to be compensated (just as the Priest received not money but food, grain, livestock) for preaching the Gospel he refused pay. But to understand this verse clearly we will go to several companion scriptures before proceeding (Also still bear in mind that our primary scripture is still taken from Deuteronomy 18: 1)
In Acts 18: 3 it is noted that Paul had the skill and occupation of a tent maker. Thus he could provide for himself.
Acts 20: 33. “I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.”
Paul writes that he was not preaching the Gospel in order to obtain the personal possessions of the brethren.
In the first 15 verses of 2nd Corinthians 11 Paul writes about false Apostles. Our interest here is verses 7-10. Paul forewarns the Church about the mood and attitude of the Preacher regarding compensation.
2nd Corinthians 11: 7. “Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the Gospel of God freely?”
Paul had not done anything wrong by supporting himself by his labor as a tent maker.
2nd Corinthians 11: 8. “I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.”
Paul did not rob churches in a literal sense. He means that he called upon other churches to support him in his work for the people at Corinth. Wages means financial support for work in the Gospel field. To confirm Paul’s main message here we will include verse 12-13.
2nd Corinthians 11: 12-13. But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found ever as we.”
“For such are false Apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the Apostles of Christ.”
Paul took the action noted earlier (verses 7-11) to prevent the enemies of the Gospel from having evil claims. During this time (and now) false teachers wanted to call upon the church for financial assistance on the grounds that they were preaching the Gospel. However the example of Paul preaching without pay would shame them out of making such a charge to the church.
In verse 13 Paul writes that the false teachers were about to mislead many of the brethren by trickery and other deceptive means. Thus they then make (and now 2006) make themselves appear as Apostles/Preachers of Christ.
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