June 21, 2023

What Does the Bible Say About Preachers Asking for Money?

by SARAH in Christian Ethics and Moral Guidance0 Comments

God calls preachers to spread His Word and teach people about Him. As such, they are deserving of our support. However, there is no specific command in the Bible that says we must give money to preachers.

A few verses talk about giving money to those who preach the gospel, but these verses are not specifically about official preachers, just people who like to share the word of God with others. One verse that can be related to preachers asking for money is the one below:

1 Corinthians 9:18, NIV: “What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel, I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.” 

This verse says that Paul was not in the business of preaching for money. Though he was happy to receive financial support from those who wanted to give it, he did not demand it since he didn’t want to take advantage of his position as a preacher. 

Therefore, we must examine the motives of any preacher who asks for money. Are they preaching for the love of God and the good of others? Or are they in it for the money? If you feel led by God to give financially to a preacher, then do so joyfully. But do not feel obliged to provide if you cannot afford it or have doubts about the preacher’s motives.

When Jesus was walking on Earth preaching the gospel, He did not ask humanity for tithes, offerings, or sacrifices. Instead, He set an example of how the gospel should be preached. He showed us that we don’t need to beg or ask for things from others. Instead, we should trust in God to provide for us. And while Jesus had no place to sleep, He never asked anyone for a place to stay.

Today, there are many so-called “God servants” who are not preaching the gospel in the way that Jesus did. They have deviated from the truth and are asking people for money and provision. But we must follow in the footsteps of Jesus and trust that God will provide for us as we preach His gospel to the world.

What Does the Bible Say About Tithes and Offerings?

Tithing refers to setting aside a certain amount of money for religious purposes. Its roots can be traced back to the Bible, where it was advocated as a way to show faith in God. The concept of tithing is found in the Bible’s first book, Genesis. From there, we read about how Adam and Eve’s children, Cain and Abel, brought offerings of their flocks and crops before the Lord. Their goal was to store a portion of the first season’s harvest as an offering of thanks to God. This basic custom was followed by the Israelites throughout their history, even while they were enslaved in Egypt.

In modern times, tithing typically refers to setting aside a tenth of one’s income for religious purposes. However, the term can be generalized to mean any money given to the church. Tithing is an essential way for believers to show their support for their religion, and it can also be a way to help the church with its financial needs. Whether you give a tithe or not, remember that giving to the church is an act of faith and love.

It’s interesting that humanity has tithed, offered, and sacrificed to Jesus even if He hasn’t asked them to. After all, He did such amazing things for people without asking for anything in return. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons, and opened the eyes of the blind, to name just a few of His miracles.

But it’s easy to fathom that even if He had asked for provision, people would have been more than happy to give it. Because Jesus gave so freely of Himself, people were naturally moved to give back to Him. They wanted to support Him in His work and show appreciation for all He had done.

What Does It Mean To Give Wholeheartedly?

The Bible tells us that we should give generously and cheerfully without expecting anything in return (Luke 14:12-14). We should also be careful not to give to get recognition or praise from others (Matthew 23:16-22).

Giving wholeheartedly means giving out of a pure motive, with no ulterior motives or expectations. It is an act of worship and obedience to God. When doing so, we put our trust in God and His promises. We are saying that He is our provider and that we are not relying on our own resources. This might be a difficult thing to do, but we can trust Him completely. This way, He can bless us abundantly.

Why Does God Encourage Us to Not Be Selfish?

One of the main reasons why God encourages us not to be selfish is that it goes against His nature. He is a giving God and wants us to reflect His character. When we are selfish, we focus on ourselves and our needs. We are not thinking about others or how we can help them. This attitude is not only harmful to others, but it is also detrimental to ourselves.

Selfishness leads to many problems, such as greed, envy, and strife. It is the root of many conflicts and can even destroy relationships. For example, a husband who is always thinking about himself will never be able to love his wife truly. He will only be concerned with how she can meet his needs and make him happy. This is not the way that God intended marriage to be.

In addition, giving is suitable for the person who receives the gift and benefits the giver. As Proverbs 11:25 states, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” This is because giving is an act of love, and God blesses us when we show love to others.

Lastly, Timothy 6:17 states that God does not want us to focus on material possessions. This verse says, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” This implies that God wants us to put our hope in Him because He can provide us with true happiness and satisfaction.

What Does It Mean To Be A Good Steward?

We are all called to be good stewards of what God has given us. A good steward manages his resources wisely to be a blessing to others. These include time, talents, and finances. Doing so means using our resources in a way that will honor Him and bless others.

It might not always be easy to be a good steward, as we give up our time, money, and possessions. But remember that when we give to God, He promises to bless us abundantly in return. “And God can bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:8).

Bottom Line

In most cases, preachers ask for money either because they need it or just want it for personal gain. The Bible is clear that we should give generously and cheerfully to those in need, but it doesn’t explicitly say anything about whether or not preachers should be paid for spreading God’s words.

Ultimately, whether or not to give money to a preacher is up to the individual. However, it is essential to be discerning and ensure that the preacher is worthy of your support.

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Sarah Goodwin

A passionate Christian and Bible enthusiast, I find joy in delving deep into Scripture and sharing its timeless wisdom with my readers. Through words, I aspire to illuminate the profound lessons the Bible offers, hoping to inspire faith and purpose in every heart. Join me on a journey of biblical exploration and spiritual growth.Enter your text here...

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