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High Paid Evangelist Wrong

Is it wrong for an evangelist to be highly paid?

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 ---james on 8/28/07
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There are two scriptures tha come tomind for this:
1 Timothy 5:18 For the Scripture says, "YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING," and "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus
---denna7667 on 9/7/07

Preachers of God out there - thank you for the goodwork. Truly you deserve 100% reward in this world, and much more in the life to come. Ignore the misguided religious critics who think that you should suffer material deprivation in order to please God. Lori and Duane, never feel jealousy when a man of God is earning a good salary and doing well, even materially. Perhaps if you yourself were doing something more constructive for the Lord, you would get the same. Rejoice with those who rejoice!
---Francis on 8/31/07

I am an evangelist that preaches the gospel whether I get paid or not. I have preached in churches that could as well as those that could. I don't set a price, when asked I tell the church its all by love offerings. I have my own business so I can do this, but what about those that commit every single day to preaching and have no other job. I their house going to pay for itself, is the car going to run without gas.
---evangelistjerry on 8/30/07

#2 The point is those that do the service of the LORD full time should be provided for by God's people. God's word even says so Numbers 18:21. Though this is OT it still applies to those do the service of the LORD continually.
---evangelistjerry on 8/30/07

Hi everyone, I know I'm immensely proud of my minister and his team, hardest working group if ever there was one lol! I wish our church could pay my minister and his wife MUCH more than we are able to--they earn every cent! :)
---Mary on 8/30/07

And what was with that Solomon guy having so much money? The Bible says he was richer in cash, gold, material items etc that any man ever, or to come? Maybe God blesses as HE see's fit. He never asked me if I thought it was alright if He gives Jesse Duplantis an airplane. Sorry Jesse, I mean a JET!
---tony on 8/30/07

I agree totally
---duane on 8/30/07

the bible is explicit. NO ONE should preach the Saviors gospel for filthy lucre. 1 Peter. they have their reward. as much as everyone denies it, they are profiting off the blood of Jesus Christ for their own selfishness, greed and gain. Jesus didn't pay Peter, James, Paul, etc to follow him. Jesus taught you do things because you love him and store up eternal rewards after this life. Anyone that says pay me to worship Jesus Christ is worshipping Satan, no one else.
---Lori on 8/30/07

I agree Dory - those who preach the gospel should receive their living from it. You see there's this backward religious mentality that equates poverty with virtue. When a servant of God is well-paid or lives a good life, they feel bad. But God never intended it that his servants live a lower quality of life, while the people of the world who are doing little or nothing for God enjoy high slararies and standards of living. Serving the Lord for free doesn't add anything to you.
---Meir on 8/30/07

Candice ... Probably the pastor has this as his only job, and the elders have other jobs
---alan_of_UK on 8/29/07

I don't think so. God has a way of blessing those who willing and unselfishly work for the Kingdom of God. If you are right with God and would do Kingdom work for free, your heart is in the right place. If you happen to make a living at it or be paid for what you do, so much the better.
---Robyn on 8/29/07

"... THE Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel." (1 Corinthians 9:14)
---DoryLory on 8/29/07

Here is an interesting story along this line. Just last night I learned that a lay preacher(jail ministry minister) turned down a job as chaplain in a veterans nursing home paying $1500 a month for 25 hours a week. The reason he gave was he did not want to lose time ministering for the sake of money. I know his situation and he really could use the money.
---Mima on 8/29/07

They have their reward!!!
---Marcia on 8/28/07

they should be working for free. I donot know if my pastor gets paid , but I know the elders do it for free.
---candice on 8/28/07

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