Should the church pay preachers?

Some people do not believe a church should have a preacher whom they pay a salary, yet, Paul wrote to Timothy, a preacher, who would then read the letter to the local church

“The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops” (2 Timothy 2:6).

The hardworking farmer is the preacher and the crops represent the congregation. He should receive first consideration from the church in the money that members contribute every week.

2 thoughts on “Should the church pay preachers?

  1. In I Cor. 9:13-15, Paul wrote:
    13 “Know ye not that they that minister about sacred things eat of the things of the temple, and they that wait upon the altar have their portion with the altar?
    14 “Even so did the Lord ordain that they that proclaim the gospel should live of the gospel.
    15 “But I have used none of these things: and I write not these things that it may be so done in my case; for it were good for me rather to die, than that any man should make my glorifying void.”

    The preacher “should live of the gospel”: i.e., be recompensed for his labors by the brethren, regardless of how they do it. Paul, in more than one instance, stated that he did not depend on the church/brethren for his livlihood but worked secularly. No doubt, it was by making and selling his tents(Acts 18:3). I belive that is what he redferst to in I Cor. 4:12, when he wrote, “and we toil, working with our own hands.” Note also Acts 20:33-34: “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, and you yourselves know that these hands [i.e. my own] have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me.”

    Paul teaches that the Lord says that the church should support preachers. But some choose not to be supported by the church.

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