If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 1 Corinthians 9:11-13
Whenever the topic of tithing or donating money to the Church comes up, it’s typically a touchy subject. There is a perception by the carnal world , that those doing spiritual work for God’s Kingdom are not worthy of getting paid. This overall mentality and attitude is partly one of the main reasons there is a Pastor shortage in the Church today. Churches want the greatest Pastor in the Kingdom to be their shepherd, however they just don’t want to pay them. We see this all the time and anyone who has worked in ministry knows this is unfortunately true.
Now we also have the other side of the spectrum, we have false prophets using prosperity gospel to make millions and rip off well-meaning Christians. People see these wolves and become leery of all Christians. Let me first tell you, anyone who was truly called by God to be in ministry, didn’t choose to be in ministry for money. The Apostle Paul knew the perception out there and refrained from collecting everything he was owed as he said “Nevertheless we have not used this power, but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ”
Fulfilling the Great Commision was Paul’s main goal, whether he had to suffer in poverty or imprisonment. When it comes to the Pastor of your Church, this should be their same goal also. If your pastor is more worried about budgets than the saving of souls, then it would be a red flag. However if your Pastor is a faithful servant of Christ, make sure you support them financially
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void. 1 Corinthians 9:14-15
The Apostle Paul understood the perception this must cause the Church. As Paul said “They which preach the gospel should live of the gospel” The Church should be willing to support their spiritual leaders. The reality is we all need to live, we need to pay our mortgage, we need to feed our family, we need to buy clothing, we don’t need extravagant things, but a Pastor does need necessities of life and the Word of God states they are entitled to them as their wages.
The Apostle Paul again understood the perception this might cause and said “for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void” Paul would rather have died from hunger than have the gospel hindered by peoples hardened hearts. Should your Pastor suffer because of your hardened heart?
I understand money is a difficult topic for the Church, but should it really? Doesn’t everything we own belong to The Lord? Do we deserve all the credit and glory for our success or God? Take care of the spiritual leaders that take care of you! Amen!