The Scriptures do not teach that so-called "Pastors" are to be paid. For one, the "church" leaders are SUPPOSED to represent the Levites. Well, since the Levites did not work for their own benefit, they relied on the contributions of the others. So, let us see what the Levites are paid according to the Words of the Creator Himself--not just His prophets.
Deut 14:27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.
Deut 14:28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:
Deut 14:29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
Therefore, we see that the Levites (who are "supposed" to be the pastors of today) do not get a salary. They are only to recieve WHAT IS NECESSARY to live on ALONG WITH the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow. Hence, the pastor should be eating no more or less than the other needy ones of the Congregation.
Sadly, the so-called "pastor" is the only one eating up the tithes. No only that, the MAJORITY of them are living better than the congregation and taking more than they need to meet their need. This is an abomination.
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
There, we clearly see that that the so-called pastors are robbing the Creator by NOT BRINGING the tithes to the storehouse for the ALL of the needy to partake of. They just say, There is not enough for everyone after I got my part. So, you widows, homeless and orphans need to look to the government or somewhere else for help. But, rest assured, if there is only $1 in the plate, he will get it. Forget the fact that YHWH is supposed to be his portion!
And as was stated in a previous post, the perfect example was left by Yeshua (Jesus) and Paul. They took took as little as possible from the people. They never got paid for teaching. In fact, they were both homeless. The moved from place to place teaching the Truth. And, when they recieved money, they is was only to PASS IT ON TO THE NEEDY. That is the same thing is says to do in the Torah. We also read about this in the Book of Acts.
Act 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Act 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
Act 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
Do the so-called "pastors" take the money and pass to all those who need it? No. UNHEARD OF! We give the money and the needy have to rely on Welfare and Food Stamps. At best, they may give some food to the homeless ones or twice per week. But, as we read from the Words of the Creator, the pastors are supposed to eat the SAME THING as the homeless, widows, and orphans--not rolling in Cadillac on the Churches dime! What pastor eats once or twice per week?
PREACHING is not a career. In a proper congregation, the labor is to be divided among the Elders. Each of the elders are given gifts acording to the Holy Spirit--not just one person. Not one verse in the Bible says that each local congregation would have a local leader. That is a tradition of men. Everyone is supposed to work. So, there is no concept of a "Pastor" or Solitary Leader of any congregation in the Bible. That role is supposed to be served collectively by the Elders of the congregation--not one person. SEVERAL PEOPLE in a congregation should be qualified to preach--not just one person. The only "Pastor" is Yeshua (Jesus)--PERIOD.
At some point, we must reject the ways of the Gentile and look to the Scriptures for the Truth. The time is ending for false teachers to continue fleecing and LIVING OFF of the People of the Lord. Now, if he CHARGES for services he does like accounting, councelling, funerals and things like that, then that is his business. The person who cleans the church as a right to charge for their services too. Many large churches have people working there fulltime. That is fine. But, NO ONE is to receive a DIME for teaching the Truth.
As the world grows in Biblical literacy, we will so begin to do these things for each other free of charge. We will no longer look to some HOLY MAN to teach the Truth. In the day and age, the majority are teaching lies. Each person will serve each other out of love. We will not charge the church for singing, cleaning the place, doing the accounting or anything else. The labor will be shared. This is how it is set up in the Bible. No person will be making a living off of religion or the Church. Every person will WORK. And thanks to the Internet, the Truth is getting out. The wolves in sheep's closthing are being exposed. Old ladies will no longer have to surrender their medicine money to fill the Pastors tank in his Cadillac. Instead we will start serving our elderly and less fortunate as it was written.
Jer 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
So, when the New Covenant is instituted, the pastors (like all fit adults) will have to GET A JOB! The labor will be shared. We will be ONE BODY.
Brother i so glad that someone is filled with the HolySpirit, up on here. I'm really sick of hearing the right for a pastor to be paid for what? Is the word of God free? why must one be paid as though it is a vocation? did the twelve disciple get paid? what about Christ? those that beleive such, need to study the word of God in the (right) Spirit then they would be able to divide it right. I get so upset ( IT GRIEVE MY SPIRITI When i hear this. Yes i do understand my husband and i pastor a church, and we feel that as God appointed us that he will also take care of us, as we do his work. as we (should)already know and read that those that were before us didn't lack for nothing as long as they were doing the will of God.
A preacher or pastor should freely preach the Word! He is not to be brought under the power of money! I assure you many preachers will have to answer to God. The holy Ghost and being in the will of God should be their main purpose. I am totally against salary preachers! Because if you have someone that pays you to preach your under their POWER. WHETHER THEY KNOW IT OR NOT. A preacher cannot have total liberty to preach what God gives them. God is faithful to His Word and will provide ALL his necessary NEEDS. Tithing is biblical. God Will take care of His People!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT! God Bless!
This is good scripture reading but not accurate Rabbinical teaching. What you state is accurate to what was read. "with all thy getting, get understanding." Of course the Rabbi was paid and we are to do the same to our religious leaders. Since not many people are farmers today, we do not expect the people to bring the first harvest to the church, another method must be adopted today and we use what has been used since the second century.
Since understanding and rightly dividing the word is the challenge here, please speak to an accrediated seminary professional on the O.T. or better yet, check with a Rabbi. Only reading the Bible and not understanding the customs of the times leaves us open to speculate and sometimes we get it wrong. That is why we must continue to read, learn and grow.
The ministers today who are not paid are those with their own money from other sources, They are not 24/7 because sometimes they are other places. Some are wealthy on their own, but most of us must work another job just to take care of our families.
If you go to teach or evangelize some place that does not take care of you ( food and shelter and other needs) you are to move on from them (shake off the dust of that town).
Stay passionate but give honor to the person that God has sent to lead you. The statement below about Melchelzedec and Abram is closer to the truth. We must be better equipped to lead the people in truth and not just our passion and the quoting of scripture. Cross reference everything with the commentaries. The Africa Bible Commenatry is an excellent source. In love, I write this for your illumination. God bless.
The so-called Rabbi's DO NOT interpret scripture correctly, For they were called the generation of vipers who follow a " oral tradition " that Yahoshua said was from their father Satan. African Americans descend from the Children of Israel who suffered Captivity in America on Slave Ships. Christianity and Rabbinical Satanism has colonized the minds of our people , But Yah said He will pour out His Set-Apart Spirit in the last days , and that Set-Apart Spirit is falling on many African Americans who refuse the Christian ( Gentile ) and Jewish ( Edomite ) fables about The TaNaKH and The New Covenant , Hallelu'Yah.
Obadyah writes"The so-called Rabbi's DO NOT interpret scripture correctly,
Ok so let me get this right!..the Rabbis or better Sages who have for 3300+ years correctly interpollated there concepts of Elohim the god who married them at Sinai..after wiping nearly off the map the Mitzerim army~~~Do Not know there Scrollls...Please I hope you do not really believe that?????????????
If you do,........ you are a foolish man who lacks study...Because the Original Bible the real Bible does not read your way as you misconstrued it...showing a serious lack of Chabad/ wisdom knowledge and understanding of the scrolls of Adonai/
Second to that I know how Jews talk and a real Tzaddick,... a top level learned man of the Master creator,... a Baal Sham Tov= Master of the good names' would NEVER speak against another of their family/Mispocha. Why ? Because all of Israel is ONE"