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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Heal The Sick, get rich...

Jesus said:

 Matthew 10:8
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Freely take?

 Commodification Of The Things Of God

Best Paid Pastors Make Hundreds Of Thousands To Millions Of Dollars Annually

  "...being a pastor can mean being a multi-millionaire."

Is this what God intended?

 Or are these pastors self deceived? 

Where does your pastor live?

What does your pastor drive?

What life style evidence demands a verdict when you look behind the front of the Ozian curtain at your own pastor?

Do you think your pastor is in the ministry for service to others?

Or does it appear as if your pastor is in ministry for personal gain?

How many books has your pastor wrote and sold?

How many "Christian" organizations is your pastor benefiting from?

How some pastors get rich.

"It is easy to connect that the largest churches, often called mega-churches, come with mega-salaries.

  Just this year Dr. Robert Jeffress stated in a sermon where he went into a clothing store to buy a suit. 

 The pastor was curious and so asked what the most expensive suit in the place was, knowing full well that he couldn’t afford it.

  The man brought back a suit that was tailor made for a pastor of a mega-church that cost $60,000!

  Sadly, this same pastor boasted that he could afford it…he drew a $200,000 salary per year…plus expenses.

   One pastor of a mega-church drew a salary of just over a quarter of a million dollars. 

 Dr. Jeffress said that he about fell over and bought a suit that was reasonably priced at about $200. 

  Pastors who make over a hundred-thousand dollars are the rare exception and they are confined to the mega-churches."

On the other hand...
Many pastors are under extreme stress because they do not have adequate income to meet their financial obligations. 

Like anyone else who is under heavy financial burdens, a pastor can find his thoughts consumed with worry. Because he is so distracted, he naturally is less effective in his ministry. Both he and his family feel the pressure.

 Some pastors leave their churches because of pay issues. 

 You will not likely hear a pastor announce in his resignation that he is leaving because of financial pressures. 

The reality is that, for a number of pastors, the issue of compensation is a major push from one church to another, or from the church to a secular vocation. 

It’s not that the pastor is in his job for the money; it’s that the compensation for his vocation is insufficient to meet his family’s needs.

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