(What Does The Bible Teach About Preachers?)
Part 96: Paul Receives Financial Support But Not A Tithe (II Corinthians 11: 5-10)
Peace be unto you. Thanks be to Almighty God our Father and to His Son Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit we are forever grateful.
Brethren many still come asking for financial support from the church based not on the laws of God. However you will never know if you do not read and study the Bible.
Peace and Love, Carl A. Patton a willing servant of Almighty God in service to Christ writing for the FreedomJournal April 20, 2007.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
As we continue with our discussion in II Corinthians 11 we see the Apostle Paul declaring that he is worthy of his role as an Apostle. (For II Corinthians 11: 5 see II Corinthians 12: 11 and Galatians 2: 6). Paul although unlearned, ignorant (rude) in speech he was still qualified in his role as a teacher and Preacher. Because he had been called, commissioned by God and was guided by the Holy Spirit. He also demonstrated his credentials with the various miracles he had performed at Corinth. (For a cross reference to verse 6 see II Corinthians 10: 10 and Ephesians 3: 4).
It is also noted (verse 7) that he supported himself. However this was used by his enemies to note that he was not a true Apostle. (See Acts 18: 3 and II Corinthians 12: 13).
II Corinthians 11: 8-9: I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.
And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me then brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
Paul had not committed a crime nor had he done anything unlawful. But he did call upon various churches to support him in his work for the people of Corinth. For example the church at Philippi supported Paul in his labor in the Lord's work. (See Philippians 4: 15). The word wages in the 8th verse means financial support for his work in spreading the Gospel. However we advise and remind you that no where do you see Paul teaching about giving noting that the church congregations and leadership had a financial obligation based on a Tithe that was commanded by God.
Macedonia as the 1st European country (region) to receive the Gospel was akin to Greece and Rome. Philippi was in Macedonia; believers came from that country well able to offer the necessary aid that was needed at Corinth. Therefore Paul released the Corinthians of financial help (not a Tithe), which was according to a special permit granted by the Lord (See I Corinthians 9: 17-18 and II Corinthians 12 14).
II Corinthians 11: 10: As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
Paul with financial support from sources other than Corinth was able to preach the Gospel freely. Achaia is another name for Greece and Corinth was an important city of the region. (Also see Roman 9: 1 and I Corinthians 9: 15).
Again we see no mention by Paul that financial support for Preachers and the church is based on a percentage of income called a Tithe. For the record Tithe was a way to offer up-keep to the Priesthood and to atone for sins during the time of the Old Law. However the Bible teaches in the Old Testament that this system would pass away with the coming of Christ Jesus because the ceremonial system of Tithing was not adequate toward atoning for sins committed. Thus Christ would come to die once and or all for the sins of humankind.
For your thought and mediation you cannot deny Christ on one hand and lift Him up with another.
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