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Preaching is NOT a preachers labor.  A preacher is to preach willingly. Paul says to be satisfied with food and water. 2Peter 2:3 describes the televangelist of today.  These are preachers that use your same quotations about a labor is worth of their hire.  This is a complete lie to keep milking your members of their money.  Do not accept money form your members.  The desciples worked and preached at the same time and so should the preachers of today!

 

 

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A person working full time doing the work of the Lord is only going to be able to do so if he is paid. Someone working part-time I could maybe agree with. This is an expedient that has to be Lawful first. Is it expedient to buy a song book rather than making them. Does the money used to buy the song book not go towards someone’s wages. The building mortgage, does this money not go towards someone’s wages. Are you not supporting people for doing a Lawful expedient when you pay the light bill. Preaching is something we all should try to do, teaching is something we all must do. Preaching however is a full time job. To clarify I am not a preacher. I am a member of the Lords church and the Webmaster for the Rivermont church of Christ. I teach but I don’t preach. If  the local church wanted me to preach you bet I’d have to quit my full-time job. It is a Lawful expedient to hire someone to preach full-time. It is a Lawful expedient to pay for song books, class material, bibles, web sites, church building, and anything which aids in fulfilling God’s commandments.

 

The nature of the authority for the church to support a preacher is generic.  Neither the amount nor the nature of the support is specified. both, however, must be within the realm of the generic terms that authorize the support in the first place. All expedients must be lawful (1 Cor. 10:23) The generic terms authorizing the church support of a preacher are found in the following verses: (1 Cor. 9:4) “Even so the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.” 1 Cor.  9:14 we learn that the Lord has ordained that a preacher should derive a livelihood from the work of preaching the gospel. We find many scripture which authorize paying a laborer in the Lords work. 

 

 Matthew 10:10  Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

 

Luke 10:7  And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

 

Galatians 6: 6  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 

 

1Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn.  And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

 

We should be glad to have someone who is willing to work for little or nothing.  Our preacher would certainly make more money doing other work. Just recently one of our members quit his full-time job to work in a very small church in South Bend, Indiana. He was making a lot of money on his full-time job. The preaching job he took is just going to allow him to make ends meet. His desire is to preach full-time though. They are very blessed to get him. 

 

Romans 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

 

Your comment “The disciples worked and preached at the same time and so should the preachers of today!”

 

If you are talking about the apostle, they left their full-time job and followed Jesus. He provided for them while He was with them, but afterwards they relied on the collection as stated in 2 Co. 11: 8.

 

 2Co 11:8  I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.
 

 

I agree 2 Peter 2:3 does describe most televangelist of today, but don’t lump the teachers with the false teachers.

Thank you for your comment.

 

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