“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine” (1Ti 5:17).
Yesterday we established that it is a biblical instruction to give to your pastor and do your best to ensure that he is well catered for. This however does not eradicate the fact that it still remains a shame for a Pastor to be forceful in his approach using the texts we discussed as a disguise.
The Apostle Paul, speaking on the topic says: “…for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void” (1 Cor 9:15). In other words, even though you should communicate with me financially, it is not something I will enforce. I will not make it mandatory or substitute it with talking about the gospel of Christ. I’d rather be poor than allow my ministry suffer reproach by constantly asking for money.
That said, a lot of people have a problem with a Pastor being rich. However, if a man Pastors several people and is poor, it is either they have not been blessed by his ministry or they have not obeyed the word.
It however becomes an issue, when a man of God turns to the very people that God clearly used to meet his needs to boasts about his riches. The logic behind this is unbelievable.
It is also dishonest for him to insist his needs are met simply because of the financial seeds he sows. Not at all. The Bible is clear on this.
1Co 9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
Reaping carnal things is a response to spiritual things sown. Preaching begets honour and welfare. It might not be entirely sincere for a Pastor to use his personal examples of sowing and reaping as clearly, other factors come to play in his case.
On one hand, it is important that Pastors do not abuse their privileges. On the other hand, the church must learn to honour deserving leaders, not merely out of duty but love.