Pay Your Pastors

A lot of people have a problem with paying their pastors.

Some have this problem because of pain. They’ve been hurt or “burned” by pastors in the past.

Others have this problem because of anger. The’ve seen pastors abuse money and use it to live large while neglecting the simple needs of the community.

Some don’t want to pay their pastors because they are ignorant and unaware of what the Bible says about giving.

And some are just plain greedy. They think they should serve themselves with their money, while pastors should labor and serve the church for free.

There are many types of people who don’t want to pay their pastors. The question is, which type of person are you?

Regardless of these real feelings, the Bible calls Christians to give to the church so they can pay their pastors. Here are 3 reasons why you should pay them.

1) The laborer deserves his wages

“The laborer deserves his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:18)

In regards to Pastors, the apostle Paul says the “Laborer deserves his wages.” You probably don’t have a problem paying doctors who treat and administer remedies for your physical bodies, nor do you have a problem paying waiters at a restaurant who deliver you food and nourishment. Why does you have such a hard time paying pastors who treat and administer remedies for their souls? Why is do you hesitate to pay those who labor every week to deliver the word of God, which according to Jesus is what you really need to live?! (Matt. 4:4) It is only logical that you pay your pastors for the service they provide.

2) It makes sense 

“You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.” (Deuteronomy 25:4)

As the Apostle Paul charges the church to pay their pastors, he quotes the above verse (see 1 Timothy 5:18, 1 Corinthians 9:9). In the Old Testament, God gave this command to the Israelites to ensure healthy oxen and healthy people.  Not only would it be cruel to withhold an ox from eating grain while it was working hard, it would also have no benefit for its owner.  Why? Because healthy oxen accomplish more than starving oxen. The owners of a healthy ox will reap a greater harvest than the owners of a starving ox. In the same way, a congregation with a well-paid pastor will reap greater benefit than a congregation with a poorly-paid pastor who has to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. It simply makes sense.

3) God told you to

13 “Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? 14 In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.”  (1 Corinthians 9:13-14)

God commands, not suggests, that you pay your pastors. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament contain commands instructing people to pay their ministers with a portion of the offerings made to God. So, when you give, you are giving to God, but your giving pays your pastors. Worrying about pastors using the money for evil is no excuse to break God’s commands.  You will be judged for your obedience to his commands about giving, your pastors will be judged for their stewardship of the money you gave to God. Trust God and obey his voice.

Offer money to him, so your pastors can be paid.