1 Corinthians 9:19-23 is the famous scriptures about Paul explaining his ability to be all things to all people so that he might save some....
Why is it that Jesus never compromised His beliefs or teachings to save anyone? Was it not Paul who said a double-minded man was unstable in all his ways? Hear Paul as he exempts himself from his own teachings: "Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible". Paul says he belongs to no one yet he is a slave in order to win as many as possible. The idea of a free slave is actually quite popular today. It is the cornerstone of the Prison Industrial Complex and Mass Incarceration in the evolution of modern slavery..... everybody who works for a wage is a free slave; thanks Paul.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 has been used by every modern pastor to justify his or her position while convincing their congregations that although God blesses everybody whether good or evil tithers are abundantly blessed above and beyond normal blessing. Pastors preach and teach week in and week out that Jesus is said to have talked about money more than any other subject. The reason is, we are taught, is because Jesus wants us to be good stewards of our money. And being a good steward means tithing..... Either these pastors have not taken the time to research this or they really don't care if it gets people to give but in any case it is a lie. The Kingdom of God is actually mentioned in the New Testament more than any other subject, anywhere from 68 to more than 100 times. But teaching the Kingdom implies being more concerned with other people. Tithes and offering is personal. Tithes and offering is about me, my salvation, my maturity as a "Christian"....me, me,me,me.
Concerning money Peter said it best, silver and gold I have not but what I do have I give freely. The Word of God is free. Why does Paul use 1 Timothy 5:18 in order to invoke the Law of Moses since his New Testament teachings are based on Grace and not the Law. Furthermore, why does he introduce this "strife" by exempting himself from receiving a pastor's wage? Even Paul could be double minded it seems. You can’t justify a hireling by manipulating scriptures. If a pastor's only income is what he takes from his "church" he/ she is a hireling, plain and simple.
Ask any pastor who gets a salary would they do church free for a year.
Once again, as when he is said to have confronted Peter over eating with Gentiles, to show Peter's hypocrisy, Paul created strive: He believed it was a "right" to receive pay for "preaching the gospel" but then declared that he did it for free. That's like saying you can eat of the forbidden fruit because you won't truly die then say but I am not going to eat it.... but I can because I am free to do as I please.... WAKE UP!!! When are we going to start depending on the Holy Spirit to guide us so that He may teach us all things. When are we going to stop depending on men who are as weak as we are to guide us?
Getting paid to preach the gospel according to Paul is a "right". Not only is it a right but it is choice that each "pastor" should make. I don't know of any modern "pastors" who preach for free. They use "laymen" for that. A layman by definition is - 1. One who is not a cleric.
2. One who is a nonprofessional in a given field. Pastors are professionals who get paid to do a job. Peter said it best in Acts 3:6 - 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Peter was saying -
I give you the healing power of the Word of God not because it is a choice or right but because I am a servant of the Most High God and His Kingdom on earth......