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The Rich Pastor

New pastor is moving to a home that's 1/3 to 1/2 million dollars which here is rich. Is this a waste that could be used to help others. Sounds judgmental but we're called to judge spiritual things, never judge personal motives. Should a pastor live in a home like this or no?

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 ---anthony on 8/9/15
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How TRUE:

Rich is relative. $100,000 income a year is rich to some. $25,000 a year is rich to others. ---KarenD on 8/18/15

I knew 2 different couples.

One couple making $30,000 a year who lived better than another who made $95,000 a year.
---Nicole_Lacey on 8/21/15


Rich is relative. $100,000 income a year is rich to some. $25,000 a year is rich to others.
---KarenD on 8/18/15


Steven G. said" One should not profit from the word of God. If his money is from investments or hard work then he can live wherever he wants, but if his money is from the tithes then you must approach him one-on-one about it."

Which should have happened before this question was even asked on this blog! I don't know why the pastor is living in an expensive house. However, if his church is in Manhattan, then $300,00.00 is not a lot of money.

If, however, his church is in lower Podunk, then it is proper to to address the matter one-on-one.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 8/18/15


anthony:

When Jesus was anoined with very expensive perfume, Judas also chastised him, and said the perfume could have been sold, and the proceeds used to help the poor. Yet Jesus saw nothing wrong with it. So spending money extravagantly is not, per se, wrong.

However, you are right, in that sometimes unnecessary extravagance can be a sign of deeper problems. How is the pastor in other areas? Does he consider himself better than others, or does he mingle with and minister to the poor?
---StrongAxe on 8/18/15


If you did not want comments why post at all? Just because we disagree with your stand does not mean we are against you. The Biblical thing to do would be to ask the pastor about his house.
---KarenD on 8/17/15




You do know that 1/3 of a million is only S333,000 and 1/2 of a million is $500,000.

It sounds like at lot of money when you say million instead of 10 of 100,000.

In Alabama, the average home for 4 bed and 3 bath is $200,000.

My father brought a home for $300,000 is by no means he is a rich man, but made a mistake and bought the home in a upscale development.
The same house 100 miles away in the country would have only cost him $200,000.

May be, your Pastor's lives in a high cost of living area like Washington D.C.

That's where the saying
'Location, location, location' means how much your property value is worth.
---Nicole_Lacey on 8/17/15


In Christ's parable about the workers in the vineyard who started at different times of the work day--some an hour before quitting time--and yet all received the same wages, the vineyard owner says, "Am I not free to do what I wish with my own money?"

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/16/15


One should not profit from the word of God. If his money is from investments or hard work then he can live wherever he wants, but if his money is from the tithes then you must approach him one-on-one about it. If he does not listen to you bring another person with you as a witness to discuss it with the pastor. If he still doesn't listen, bring it up with the congregation.

In any case one must live modestly. Having riches only shows your pride.
---Steveng on 8/16/15


anthony, YOU were the one who went on attack mode when you made the original post.

What is it to you what this man (pastor or otherwise) does with his money.

There is a story about a congregation looking for a pastor. "Send us a pastor poor and humble. You keep him humble, and we'll keep him poor."

Happy Dormition.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/15/15


Anthony said, "I'm still new here and just can't believe the spite in these postings.
I am only seeking advice for spiritual and Biblical questions."


Anthony, unfortunately, sometimes these blogs can be a pit of snakes. I have (at times) expostulated on the ill will and lack of Christian Charity on these blogs.

And to ask for advice on these blogs will get you every answer from SDA's and JW's on one side to Orthodox Christian replies on the other. So you have to listen carefully, weigh the answers you receive, and pray hard. If you do that, then hopefully God will give you wisdom.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 8/14/15




"I'm still new here and just can't believe the spite in these postings."

Hi anthony,

my heart does go out to you and I am so sorry for the level of misunderstanding you have encountered.

I want to welcome you to the blogs and my suggestion is to find individuals on here you can trust to thoughtfully in the true love of Jesus respond to you.

Again, I am sorry for your negative experience please know there are some on here you can trust and will seek to understand you...

In Christ Service,

John
---john9346 on 8/13/15


//I am only seeking advice for spiritual and Biblical questions.
---anthony on 8/12/15//

Anthony - Then I would ask in a personal, humble way. Your question puts a lot of emphasis on your judgement of the pastor and his house. You can reword the question as. "I am having an issue with the pastor buying ..." Since we do not know you, we do not know if you are arrogant trying to make a point or seeking advice.
---Scott1 on 8/13/15


//so why tell him to get rid of his riches?//

Passion, same as in John Ch.3. He had kept the regulations but like most pharisees, he did not have the aspect of love that goes along with christianity. Post-Biblical records show the rich, young ruler of the temple selling all of his possessions - Josephus. It is possibly the same person.
---Scott1 on 8/13/15


Anthony, please give thought to what I say here. A person who can afford a larger than average house will have more rooms to clean, larger garden to look after, more repairs to be done etc. Just think how many people have a job (who might otherwise be unemployed) if those with money did not employ them. You must look at the whole picture rather than just a snippet of it.

I understand your concern but there is more to most things than immediately meet the eye. Be cautious.
---Rita_H on 8/13/15


Okay great, the next question is why did Christ tell the man this? The ruler had observed many good deeds and commandments, so why tell him to get rid of his riches?
---anthony on 8/13/15


"I think even if a person works and buys his own house, to live rich is anti biblical-see rich young ruler and Christ."

Anthony, being rich is not antibiblical, the reason Jesus spoke against riches in Scripture had to do with motivation and priority.

There were many rich people in the bible Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Solomon, Job, etc.

This is a really good question and for posting it I really appreciate it.

God Bless,
---john on 8/12/15


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Hi all. After thoughts and prayer I really didn't want to go back and forth with some. I would like to respond to a few comments. I have no desire for such a home, believe it or not. I'm very good with where we live and my life that God has been with me throughout. We do support an entire family and have now for almost a decade. I won't go into any details. I'm still new here and just can't believe the spite in these postings.
I am only seeking advice for spiritual and Biblical questions.
---anthony on 8/12/15


Thanks Rita, I appreciate your advice.
---anthony on 8/12/15


It is very difficult to say anything for sure about this man but I'm wondering what age he is as you say he's been in ministry all his life. If he is close to retirement it could be that he is thinking about his future and that he'll need a home for when he has retired.
It could be that an inheritance has provided this house for his family and he's assuming that property prices will always hold their value. He could just be thinking ahead and being very practical.

I'd say you should just observe from afar (metaphorically). See how things go and don't be judgemental until you are certain that there is something to judge.
---Rita_H on 8/10/15


I'll bet you wish YOU had so much money, anthony.

I hear the screech of envy in your posting, and your reply to yourself.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/10/15


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Would you like to live in this home?
---Scott1 on 8/10/15


Anthony....How do you live? Do you live in a cheap place so you can do more for the poor? How much do you give for tithes/offerings and missions? What are you doing for the poor and needy? That's what you should be asking yourself. It is none of your business how much someone else spends on anything.
---KarenD on 8/10/15


It's his house being built new,not provided by the church. He's been a pastor all his life and was only once working a secular job after being let go from the church. I won't go into why. I think even if a person works and buys his own house, to live rich is anti biblical-see rich young ruler and Christ. We're to be humble and good stewards. I think it's waste and could be used to help poor, etc. no matter if a pastor or not.I'm not saying we're to be poor, just good stewards.
Look around the country and world and it is hard to justify spending to live in a mansion here on earth.
---anthony on 8/10/15


An expensive house does not prove he's a rich man as the moderator assumes. If the house is owned by the church he is pastoring then I think you should ask the church why they provided such a house (if you think that you have a right to know). If it does not belong to the church that does not prove that he could afford the house - unless you know for certain that he DID buy it with his own money.

There are many scenarios which could apply - he could be renting temporarily, it could be loaned to him by a well-off friend or church member or several other things.

Make sure you have your facts right before 'rushing in where angels fear to tread'.
---Rita_H on 8/10/15


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