(What Does The Bible Teach About Preachers?)
Part 8: Is There A Blessing To Preach Without Pay?
Peace be unto you. The grace of God is sufficed to sustain the righteous. Thus, as the storms rage in and around the Truth-Seekers God be with us.
Peace and Love, Carl Patton a willing slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 6 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 Paul through Christ Jesus continues to establish the precedents for the Preachers attitude toward support from the church. His attitude and action are not the same as those of most Preachers today. Let us look to the word for confirmation on the previous statements.
1 Corinthians 9: 18: “What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.” (Also see II Corinthians 11: 7).
Paul saw it as a privilege to preach to the Corinthians and not take any pay or financial support. Although God ordained (verse 14) that Preachers be supported by the people who heard the preaching, Paul was given a special exemption from that law. He was excused from the law so that he would have some satisfaction from the privilege he would find glory (verse 15).
Meanwhile his actions did not bring all the joy he expected. Turn with us to II Corinthians 12: 13. Here Paul apologized for his actions (preaching without pay). Keep in mind that although Paul makes this apology he steadfastly taught (the other Brethren/Preachers) that the main cause of the Gospel was not to financially reward the Preacher.
II Corinthians 12: 13: “For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong.”
In the 12th division of II Corinthians Paul begins by writing of his infirmities, the thorn. In the verse we bring up for review Paul now writes about his great concern for the Corinthians. He had previously received compensation of food etc. from the other churches when he preached.
During Paul’s time regarding his missionary work churches that supported Preachers gave the church recognition as a church of the Lord. Therefore Paul tells the Corinthians that they are not to feel inferior to other churches because he had preached free of charge.
Paul meanwhile had not sought to harm the Corinthian Church thus he asks for their forgiveness. However he had asked permission to make an exception to the role of support of the Preachers of the Gospel as noted in our primary verse. (I Corinthians 9: 18) he planned to continue that course while at Corinth.
This action by Paul brings up many questions regarding the church today. What was Paul trying to tell the prosperity Preachers today? What about the mega Churches and the TV Evangelists that constantly beg for money? What about the churches that have been turned into businesses? Do most Preachers then, what about now go into the ministry to become rich?
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