Ok so here I go again bringing my Facebook response to this medium and not on Facebook. So, I was strolling down my Facebook timeline and I came across a conversation that centered on the preacher/pastor how much he makes, what he drives and the lifestyle that he lives. Interestingly much of the comments leaned towards a preference for the pastor living a meager lifestyle. This lifestyle, came with restrictions on what the pastor should drive and what would be viewed as being extreme living.
While acknowledging that this may be viewed as being self-serving, I beg to differ with their opinion. These views are birthed from their personal perspectives and therefore are baseless. Being that they are baseless it makes these opinions unjustifiable as well as unfair. Allow me to retort by applying a biblical approach to this concern as well as a business approach and then conclude with a mere humane perspective.
Biblically, the Bible clearly declares that the pastor that serves well should be well respected and well paid. Paul in his epistle to Timothy (1Timothy 5:17-18) spoke to this and gave instructions on honoring the Elders of the church: Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” When the translators, translated the Greek word presbuteros they chose to use the word elder. The transliteration of that word is presbyter where we get the word priest. So, we here clearly see that Paul is talking about the priest, the pastor. He says that the pastor who leads well must be considered worthy of double honor.
-Rev. Johnny L. Barber, II
Moderator Johnny L. Barber, II is the youngest elected Moderator in the history of the Florida East Coast Baptist Association. He humbly serves as Pastor to the Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Miami, Florida.
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