I used to be paid to be a pastor - if you haven't read pt.1 please do so before continuing on...
there are those (typically pastors mind you) who'd like to remind that in 1 Timothy 5 it says:
17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”
interestingly enough - these references come from Deuteronomy 25:4 and Leviticus 19 and I would hazard to guess that the instructions found in the verses immediately preceding and following the verse in Deuteronomy are not routinely followed today - as teachers would point to their specific intention and relation to the culture of the Israelites...and as far as the reference in Leviticus goes, I would almost guarantee that the person in the pulpit, teaching on this subject is wearing (or at least owns) an article of clothing made of two kinds of materials
that is not to say that the principles found in those chapters are no longer significant - but it is intriguing to note the 'picking and the choosing'
extensively in 1 Corinthians 9, Paul goes on about the 'rights' of an
apostle (though I doubt all paid pastors are apostles...another post
however, after listing all the reasons he
believes 'apostles' have these rights - Paul, himself points
out that he willingly forfeited those rights so as not to discount the
gospel he was preaching
...so the person pointed to as the authority on the subject is also the person who chose not to claim these rights
completely rhetorical question: what implications does Paul's choice have on the choices we (and I use that loosely) make as pastors?
*disclaimer: I am not an authority on this subject - merely I man who used to be paid to be a pastor
lest you think I am condemning all pastors for being paid to fulfill their roles in office please hear my heart...
there are countless pastors and dear friends of mine who have sacrificed themselves wholeheartedly for the sake of the churches they pastor - true shepherds who are indeed worthy of far more than double honour
I have been inspired and discipled by these pastors...I have been exhorted and encouraged
and I pray these words I write do not take away from their legacy in the least
rather, this has been my own journey and I am slowly coming to terms with the ramifications