Pay the preacher what he’s worth

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SHOOOOW ME THE MOOOONEYYYYY!!!! This was one of the most popular phrases in the 90s, from the movie Jerry Maguire. In this scene a client is telling his agent what he requires he should seek for him to be paid, because of his value. The client in this movie, along with most people in the world; understand that they should be compensated for whatever they bring to someone else. This principle is used and accepted in every profession, gift, talent or trade. The only place I see people having an issue with a person receiving their just due for what they provide is when it comes to preachers.

I don’t normally go on biblical tirades in my post, I try to stay within the realm of practicality; but a lot of the criticism towards people saying preachers shouldn’t get paid, is normally formulated in a position that God did not command the people to support the preacher. We’re going to dispel that myth today and show the world that you should pay the preacher what he’s worth.

Leviticus 2:1-3 And when any will offer a meat offering unto the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord: And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire.

Leviticus is the book of the law. It is where God gives the people the way of life He requires them to live. In this law He commands everyone to bring an offering unto Him. Here we see, that ANY offering that is brought unto The Lord; a portion of that offering was to go to Aaron and his sons, which were the priest/pastor/preacher. It’s ironic that the very first thing God deals with in the law are offerings, and the very first things people have an issue with are offerings. This shows how much our flesh and worldly minds hate God’s structure. Not believing in giving an offering to the church and preacher is completely against God’s design for how His church should run.

Leviticus 10:12-13 And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the Lord made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy: And ye shall eat it in the holy place, because it is thy due, and thy sons’ due, of the sacrifices of the Lord made by fire: for so I am commanded.

This should really speak for itself. It says “ye shall eat in the holy place,” meaning their provision was to be in the house of God. They were not to have jobs to provide for themselves. Their job was to be the priest/pastor, and fulfilling that duty has its just due or its value. They are basically told here; take some of the offering because you deserve it.

Leviticus 27:21 But the field, when it goeth out in the jubile, shall be holy unto the Lord, as a field devoted; the possession thereof shall be the priest’s.

Teaching on Jubile is too much to get into right now, you can study that on your own; right now we want to look at the priest/pastor receiving land. It is God’s command that certain property be set apart for Him. As a result of it being set apart for Him, it goes to His priest/pastors. This shows us, that giving an offering to a preacher isn’t really giving it to them; it’s giving it to God. Every offering we give in church is unto God. It’s His decision on how to disperse His money, and He decides to bless His preachers out of it.

Numbers 3:48-51 And thou shalt give the money, wherewith the odd number of them is to be redeemed, unto Aaron and to his sons. And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites: Of the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: And Moses gave the money of them that were redeemed unto Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of the Lord, as the Lord commanded Moses.

We dealt with meat offerings and land but now the word we all been looking for, MONEY!! Again, to dig into the depth of what’s going on is too much for this blog- however, the scripture says give the money to Aaron and his sons according to the word of the Lord. Let’s repeat that, according-to-the-word-of-the-Lord. For the sake of time I wont use every scripture on this, but it is clear from these that God himself put in the law, (the binding God ordained way of life) that money from the people should go to His preachers.

I hear a rebuttal already. Mitch that’s the Old Testament, we’re not under the law anymore. Well lets journey into the new.

Matthew 10:7-10 NLT Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received! “Don’t take any money in your money belts—no gold, silver, or even copper coins.  Don’t carry a traveler’s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed.

Here Jesus anoints a group of men to preach. He sends them on a journey away from their homes to go preach the gospel and use their gifts. These men are leaving their homes to preach, and Jesus tells them don’t take any money. Why in the world would He tell them not to take any money with them? “Those that work DESERVE to be fed.” They were going to preach the gospel and those that they preached to were supposed to support them in every need they had. Money, gold, silver, clothes, shoes even a walking stick was to be given them by those they ministered to.  So receiving from the people you preach to, was not made up by man but Jesus Himself.

I’m glad we’re at this text because we’re at a quote that is always quoted out of context to go against being paid. “Freely ye have received, freely you give.” It’s funny He would say this right before He tells them don’t take any money. So what is this saying to the preacher? We received our gift from God for free, so we are obligated to minister to whoever wherever without putting a pre paid price on it. We can’t tell someone “I’m not going to minister to you unless you pay me…..” This is the obligation of answering the call to preach; however it does not dissolve the one being ministered to from having to give an offering. Jesus told them not to put a specific price on their gift, but to go out and minister because the culture of the people they were preaching to already knew they were supposed to give them something. In 1Sam 9 we find Saul in need of a prophet. In vs 7 he says “What shall we bring the man for we have nothing.” It was not customary to go and receive from a man of God without giving him something.  Galations 6:6 says “Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.” If you are sitting under someone giving you the word, then you should be giving them something.

In today’s age, people don’t have this mindset. People believe that they should get paid for what they do and have no problem paying for any service; yet feel as if the person bringing the life changing word to people should not receive compensation. Now let’s get away from the scripture and be practical.

“Time is money.”

How can anyone in the world that embraces the concept that their time is worth something ever say someone else should not be paid for theirs? I’ve heard people say “preachers getting money just to get up there to talk for 30 min.”  NO! It is a whole lot that goes into preaching. Think about a lawyer. A lawyer is only in the courtroom for a small time, yet charges large fees. Why? Because it’s more to the job than just talking. You’re paying 1 for the knowledge they’ve acquired and paid for, 2 for the time outside of the courtroom that they spend studying on your particular case. They spend hours studying to help you.

The same goes for a preacher. The lawyer is trying to free you from your physical being imprisoned, the preacher is trying to free your spiritual. Which is more important to you? The preacher much like the lawyer has some education he has paid for in order to bring you a word, and is spending countless hours studying, praying and fasting in order to bring a word that will help people’s particular cases. Is that time not worth anything? Do you value your spirit?

If you value your spirit, then you should value the person who is working to help it be free from bondage. Not only is it biblical to give an offering to the preacher, it is plain ole common sense. If you don’t want to get paid for your time working, then I’m fine with you not wanting to pay the preacher. But if your time is worth money and your gift, talent, trade or profession has a value; stop holding back on God’s anointed. Pay the preacher what he’s worth.

by Min. Mitchell Chance @DrMitch_DSM

 

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Posted on November 16, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Well said!!!

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