I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things? For it is written in the Law of Moses, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING.” God is not concerned about oxen, is He? 1 Corinthians 9:8-9
The Bible says that a person who preaches the Word is entitled to receive their living from doing so. This creates a mutual dependency between the pastor and congregation. Paul, ironically, advocated for this privilege, but never took it himself.
What is my ethic in this area? Ultimately, I would love to be like Rick Warren, the pastor whose successful book allowed him to pay his church back every dollar he ever earned as their pastor. Amazing!
Lord Jesus, You are amazing the way you designed Your church. And what a privilege at this season of life to serve and be paid as a pastor. Wow!