Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ministers being paid to preach?

DOES THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACH PAID MINISTRY OR SUPPORT FOR PASTORS, PREACHERS AND TEACHERS?

Most of the Church today other than Eastern Orthodox Church and Roman Catholics Church are structured to have paid (and usually) fulltime located ministers…rather than a ministry which receives only necessary ‘support’.
Is any paid ministry or even support scriptural at all? Does it survive reasonable scrutiny or is it all based on out of context extracts of a scripture or ‘proof-texting’ which most have heard repeated many times without ever examining the clear context  in which it was taught?
Luke 10:1-10
After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.  3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.  4 Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.  5 But whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house.'  6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.  7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.  8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.  9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'   NKJV


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

By God's mercy He chose me for salvation! I wasn't a "church" attender growing up, my parents did not take me. At the age of 32 I was redeemed, born again... for a year the Lord kept me in scripture, then I decided to find a local fellowship... what a disappointment, I met no one who had a love for our precious Lord Jesus Christ... nothing but religion, payed and orchestrated for! No humility, brokeness or dieing to one's self... so hard to find these days, those picking up their cross daily. Check out wickedshepards.com also Lyn... by the way I am 46 now, still looking for fellowship with the called out brothers and sisters... God bless

lyn said...

Hi Anonymous,

I know exactly what you are saying, I have yet to find a church filled with broken people, with humility. Instead, they're concerned about their careers, their kids, and every other worldly distraction. So, even though I attend a church, I have no fellowship with the members. I do have some family members that God has saved, so we do our own bible study. That is a huge blessing.
My heart goes out to you, it seems so lonely at times doesn't it? Rest assured, our Savior is always there.
Thank you for the link, I will check it out.

God bless you as well