Thursday, July 11, 2013
Read 1 Corinthians 9.
As I read this I have the impression that some of the apostles were being supported by the church, in much the same way that the temple priests and workers were supported by the temple offerings.
Yet Paul and Barnabas worked at a trade along with being evangelists. Like it or not the modern church has become a business. Some denominations even have financial divisions, providing mortgages and investment services. While I do not find anything scripturaly wrong with this, where is the attention in these divisions placed, is it growing the church or growing the bank accounts? Not trying to lump all together but I have seen preachers that treat an appointment to a church just as a job with a paycheck. The problem that comes from this is the paycheck becomes the focus, performance becomes dictated on keeping the job, careful not to ruffle the wrong feathers. I have always thought the tax exempt status of churches was a mistake. I recall times where the threat of losing that exempt status has silenced churches against political stupidity. People who claim to believe in an almighty omniscient God, who is able to meet every need, still want that tax exemption. In whom do you believe? There are other examples that say a worker should be paid for his (her) labor, no matter what that is. There is also something to be said for a position that includes a job apart from preaching. Finding this balance can be very difficult.