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What Does the Bible Say About..Giving, and Paid Preachers?

Tell me about this please. All we see and have belong to GOD; He is owner of all what need does he have of money? If a man be called and has true info from GOD should he not give it free as GOD's word says or has preaching become a way to make a living off others? We all have sound minds; GOD said do we not go to him to teach us rather than MAN?


Yours are some very good questions. I'm sure many people have wondered about these questions as well.

It is true that God is the creator of everything and gives us everything we have. It is all his, to start with, and we just have it on loan. "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. (Acts 17: 24-25) So why does he want us to give money to him or his church? Under the Law of Moses people gave to support the tribe of Levi. This tribe, from which all the priest and workers in the Temple came, had no land of their own and depended on the people's offerings for their support. But under Christ we don't have a set group of people from whom we get a priesthood. So, again, why does God want us to give? We know he wants us to give from such passages as 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." Also 1 Corinthians 16: 2 says, "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." This last passage was about collecting money for victims of a famine. Beyond such needs, though, I think the passage from 2 Corinthians may indicate that God wants us to give to Him, in part, to acknowledge that what we have comes from Him.

The next part of your question asks about paying preachers to preach. Is this right or wrong? Should we go to God rather than man to learn about God? If we are of sound mind we may be able to read and understand God's word directly, but God ordered things so that we might learn about Him from other men. Even reading the Bible by ourselves is going to the writings of inspired men. God doesn't miraculously give everyone a full understanding of His will. Two passages show that God expects us to learn from preachers. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:13-15) "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." (1 Corinthians 1:21) God saves men through the preaching of men.

Should a man give God's word freely, or should he be paid to preach? Paul also addresses that question. In 1 Corinthians 9:3-14 he answers some people who were saying he could not be a true apostle because he did not take money from them when he preached to them. His answer is that he would have been well within his rights to do so, but didn't in order to reach even those who would have objected to his being paid. He concludes in verse 14, "Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel." Speaking of elders being paid, he told Timothy, "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour [pay], especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward." (1Timothy 5:17-18) In both passages he quotes the Old Testament, saying that just as an ox should not be muzzled that he not eat the grain he is threshing, so a preacher should not be muzzled by not paying him. It is God's will that we learn from preachers, and that preachers be paid for teaching us.