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Should Pastors Be Cared For?

Should Pastors Be Cared For?

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WARNING: NOT FOR THE TIMID!
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SHOULD PASTORS BE µCARED FOR?¶
 
WARNING: NOT FOR THE TIMIDA Scriptural look at another unbiblical cherished doctrine of man
 
The following quote in regards to 1 Timothy 5:17, is just another example of the evil,manipulative practices that are abounding in many local institutional churches.
 
³«..In other words Timothy, you are to BIND THE CONSCIENCES of God¶s people to care for their pastors«..´ 
P
astor Albert N. Martin, in reference to 1 Timothy 5:17The devil¶s favorite place
to trap people and bring them into bondage is not your localwatering hole or whore house or the local drug dealer, nor is it with religions likeHinduism, Islam, etc. No, the devil¶s favorite place to render powerless God¶s people isa pulpit in a church that advertises itself as a ³God glorifying´ and ³Christ-centered´church.
 
The following is from a variety of contributors. It is to be presented in the clearestpossible terms, without mincing words, just like the
Apostle
P
aul
would have done if hewere alive and witnessing what¶s happening in the churches today. He would hit the nailright on the head.
 
L
ast Sunday, as the announcement was made:
³Let us continue to worship God in thegiving of our tithes and offerings,´ 
(or words to that effect) many of you gave your money away to the church to help support the income of some of your church leadersbecause you were told that this is what the Scriptures command. Dear friends, you werea victim of 
extortion
. This is the dictionary definition of extortion:
Ill 
ega
use of one'sofficia
position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage
.
W
hat do the Scriptures say about extortioners? If you believe the Scriptures, then youalso believe that anyone who extorts shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians6:10:
³«Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners,shall inherit the kingdom of God.
(KJV).
 
Those church leaders who took your money are extortioners, plain and simple. Theyhave twisted the Scriptures, and then emptied your pockets.
 
 
 
Y
ou have probably been extorted like this week in and week out, maybe for decades!Perhaps those questionings in your heart that you¶ve always had regarding passing theplate around for your ³tithes and offerings´ were right!
Y
es, you were a victim of 
deception
. Deception:
to obtain from another by coercion or intimidation.
 
Incidentally, this weekly exploitation known as ³the offering,´ used mostly to support theincomes of the professional church leaders, isn¶t even authorized in the NewTestament, but rather it is plainly condemned.
No where in the Scriptures
will you findeven a hint that ³the offering´ is to be part of some
³church worship service´ 
or that alarge part of this money should now go to the ³pastor´ or ³elders´ or ³teaching elders.´Christians didn¶t even have
³church worship services´ 
let alone ³church buildings!´ Theextortioners who engage in this deception are twisting the Scriptures for the purpose of wringing ever-increasing profits from unsuspecting dupes.
 
 A
s the
 A
postle Paul said: ³«For such persons do not serve our 
L
ord Christ, but their own appetites and by fair and flattering words, they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded«´ (Romans 16:18) RSV
 
Professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, Carl B. Hoch, Jr., says:
 
n New Testament days,
eaders were norma
ll 
y not paid. That is, money was givenmore as a gift than as an income or a sa
ary. Leaders
ike Pau
cou
d receive money,but Pau
chose not to receive any from the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 9:8-12). Hewanted to serve without depending on any church for financia
support. Churches had aresponsibi 
ity to "reward the ox" (1 Timothy 5:17) and to share with those who taught (Ga
atians 6:6). But money was never to be the driving force of ministry (1 Peter 5:2).Unfortunate
y, churches today wi 
ll 
not ca
ll 
a man unti 
they fee
they can support him,and some men wi 
ll 
not serious
y consider a ca
ll 
if the financia
package is "inadequate" 
(
 A
ll Things New -Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1995- p.240).
 
Acts 20:33-35
the
 A
postle Paul says, ³«.
have desired the si 
ver, or go
d, or c 
othing of no one. But you yourse
ves know, that these hands ministered to my needs, and tothose who were with me.
showed you a
ll 
things, that working in this way we ought to
 
he
 p those being weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, it ismore b
essed to give that to receive.´ 
(Inter.Grk/Eng. NT)Commenting on this passage, the New Testament scholar F.F. Bruce writes:
eturning once more to the examp
e which he had set them, he reminds them fina
ll 
that those who take care of the peop
e of God must do so without thought of materia
 reward. As Samue
ca
ll 
ed a
ll 
 
srae
to witness when he was about to
ay down his officeas judge (1 Samue
12:3), so Pau
ca
ll 
s the Ephesian e
ders to witness that a
ll 
the timehe spent with them he coveted nothing that was not his; on the contrary, he did not evenavai 
himse
f of his right to be maintained by those whose spiritua
we
fare he cared,
but earned his living 
--and that of his co
ll 
eagues--by his own
abors: "these hands," he said (inevitab
y with the attendant gesticu
ation), "ministered unto my necessities, and tothem that were with me" (v.34). Let those to whom he was speaking 
ikewise
abor and thus support not on
y themse
ves but others as we
ll 
--the sick in particu
ar 
(The NewInternational Commentary on the New Testament:
 A
cts - Grand Rapids:
W
m.B.Eerdmans, 1986 - p.418).
 
In
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
, the
 A
postle Paul says some revealing statements. I willquote it here in its entirety in order that you can see it for yourself.
 
1
ou know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a fai 
ure.
 
2
e had previous
y suffered and been insu
ted in Phi 
ippi, as you know, but withthe he
 p of our God we dared to te
ll 
you his gospe
in spite of strong opposition.
 
3
 
or the appea
we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor arewe trying to trick you.
 
4
O
n the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with thegospe
.
e are not trying to p
ease men but God, who tests our hearts.
 
5
ou know we never used f 
attery, nor did we put on a mask to cover upgreed² God is our witness.
 
6
e were not 
ooking for praise from men, not from you or anyone e
se.
7
 As Apost 
es of Christ we cou
d have been
a BURDEN to you
,
 
but we weregent 
e among you,
ike a mother caring for her 
itt 
e chi 
dren.
 
8
e
oved you so much that we were de
ighted to sharewith you not on
y thegospe
of God but our 
ives as we
ll 
, because you had become so dear to us.
 
9
Sure
y you remember brothers, our toi 
and hardship;
we worked night and day 
in order not to
be a burden
to anyone whi 
e we preached the gospe
of God to you.
 

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