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?
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
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