The Rights of Preachers

To read the Bible in a year, read First Corinthians 9.
Christians in the Corinthian Church criticized Paul, perhaps because he took some time off or experienced some other benefit. Therefore, he said to them, “My defense to those who examine me is this: Do we have no right to eat and drink? Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?” (First Corinthians 9:3-7).
Paul made the point that preachers have the same desires, needs, and wants as other Christians. He wanted to eat and drink as he pleased. He could have taken a wife, if he so desired. He could have refrained from working for a while. Also, he had the right to enjoy the fruit of his labor, that is, for the church to support him financially. Is that not how everyone works?
Have you tried to restrict your preacher from enjoying the same things that you do?

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