Jesus slept in believers houses, ate their food and, when he needed new sandals or another robe he probably accepted donations for those as well. And for his disciples. That was his salary. Men of God and their families still need shelter, food, clothing, medical care and other normal things that all humans do. They are human after all. How are they supposed to survive and pay bills if they dont get paid? True some pastors get paid far too much while others have to hold down second jobs, but it is part of our duty as supporters of the Church to also support the man God sent to lead our particular congregation. Jesus was a preacher and he and the disciples were supported and cared for by his followers so how can we as believers do any less for our preachers?
Jesus Christ of Nazareth and His Disciples Did Have M on e y. J u d a s Kept The Money B a g. Taken From A Fish Mouth In O n e Verse. Basically Do Not Muzzle The Ox That Thre a d s. You'll Be Bless- e d. ------------------------- Scripture Quote ------------------------- My friends at Philippi, you remember what it was like when I started preaching the good news in Macedonia. After I left there, you were the only church that became my partner by giving blessings and by receiving them in return. --------------------------- Even when I was in Thessalonica, you helped me more than once. I have been paid back everything, and with interest. I am completely satisfied with the gifts you sent with Epaphroditus. ----------------------------- They are like a sweet-smelling offering or like the right kind of sacrifice that pleases God. ----------------------- I pray that God will take care of all your needs with the wonderful blessings that come from Christ Jesus! ------------------------------ (PHILIPPIANS 4:15, 16, 18, 19 CEV)
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints everyone is unpaid for sharing the gospel, so its certainly not necessary to have a paid clergy for a Christian church to function, even a large one. The question of if a paid clergy is right or wrong is a matter of opinion. Personally I don't agree with it, but I know many good honest people who do. I don't think anyone's salvation will be judged by it.
A church should definitely provide for the financial needs of its pastor(s) and any other full-time ministers. 1 Timothy 5:17-18, "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, 'Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and 'The worker deserves his wages.'" 1 Corinthians 9:14 declares, "In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel." If a church is not able to provide sufficient finances for a pastor, then a pastor would have no other choice but to work outside the church to bring in the needed income. This is a regrettable, but sometimes necessary situation. It would be best for a pastor to be full-time so he can fully dedicate himself to the Lord's work of ministering to and shepherding the congregation. Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/pastors-paid-salary.html#ixzz2OaUAsTjX
Pastors don't just preach, as many people think. In fact, their job is more demanding than most people who earn a 6 digit salary. Here are some of the general categories of a pastor's job, but if you think of all the responsibilities that fall under these categories, you could come up with at least 25 responsibilities (i've done it):
1. To be an example (1 Pet. 5:2, 3) 2. To rule (1 Tim. 5:17) 3. To guard right doctrine (Titus 1:9) 4. To "perfect" (help mature) the saints (Eph. 4:12) 5. To "edify" (build up) the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12) 6. To "preach the word" (2 Tim. 4:2)
If a pastor was not paid, he would starve. His job is full time.
Most churches have elders or people who make decisions on where and how the offerings are spent. The pastor can't just take what he wants but an acceptable salary for his needs is decided by the church. Yes some pastors live quite comfortably but that is not his doing but the church's. Others live modestly but again that is the churches choice. God wants to pour out His blessings on all of us. At times money can be one of those blessings. Churches do not stand at the door and have a cover charge to enter. It is all voluntary. The more the people give the bigger the ministry and the more people can come to God. Money is not evil. It is the root of what can become evil. God wants us to be aware of the good and the bad money can bring. Paying a good pastor a good salary is good for all that enter the church. And the money that comes in can be put to good use.
Did Jesus Christ have a salary? Of course one does understand the need to pay for a place to preach - however, to request donation that will allow one to live a life in absolute luxury at the expense of their followers - was not demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
So many religions today have followers that are homeless, struggling to just make it and the head or Reverend of their church are living "large." It can leave one speechless - the exotic vacations, expensive cloths, the monumental homes, expensive life-style and or food of their choice. What about their followers? What do they do for some of those truly struggling? Do you send them out to homeless shelters? Do they give them a pinch of what one would consider a good deed?
If a ministers is bringing in millions with a huge following - what does he actually do for those in dire need? Would he be willing to sacrifice his lavish lifestyle in order to help those in his congregation in need? To be a Christians - teaches "love" - it teaches not to be self-serving or selfish. - however, many do not connect the dots.
Jesus taught Paul for instance to provide for him self. Acts 18:3 "Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tent makers just as he was."(Living Bible). When first visiting Corinth, Paul had been forced to support himself as a tent maker. He continued this policy of self-support even as a congregation developed there, refraining from using his "authority" as a evangelizer to receive financial support. Paul may have also feared that the commerce-minded Corinthians would question his motive if he accepted support. There might even have been those who, like some in Thessalonica , were lazy and wanted an an Excuse to live off their fellow Christians. ( 2 Thessalonisns 3:7-12) What ever the case, Paul and his companions chose to support themselves, "in order that we might not offer any hindrance to the good news about the Christ. (1 Corinthians 9:12). Not bring paid to preach gives a minister, the right to teach what the Bible teaches. And not be told by the board of directors as what to preach and teach if he wants to keep his job!!