1 Corinthians 9:13-14 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

Many pastors like to use this verse as a means to justify extracting financial support from their congregations.  The pastors who do this are wrong.  This passage is not speaking of stationary pastors of Churches. Rather, it is speaking of traveling ministers being provided for.

The key in this passage is the phrase “They which preach the Gospel.”  In the Word of God, who is seen “preaching the Gospel,” or told to “preach the Gospel”?  Those that are sent.  (Ro 10:15)  Those that travel about.  (Mt 4:23; 9:35; Mr 1:14; Lu 9:6; 2Co 10:14) Those who are called out and separated from among the body of Believers.  (Acts 13:2)  Those who come into cities.  (Mark 1:14)

Stationary pastors are not told to “preach the Gospel.” They are told to “feed the flock of God.  (1 Peter 5:2)  They are told to “feed the Church of God.  (Acts 20:28)   They are to “preach the Word.”  (2 Timothy 4:2)

It is not their responsibility to “preach the Gospel” to the Church of God. The Church has already heard the Gospel and accepted the Gospel. That is why they are the “Church,” … because they believed the Gospel and are the Body of Christ. They don’t need the Gospel… they already have it.  What the Church needs is nourishment so that it can grow. It needs the sincere milk of the Word.  (1 Peter 2:2)    It needs to move past the baby stages, and march forward as brave and faithful soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ!

If you stayed on Pablum all your life, no doubt you would remain weak, unable to fend for yourself; always dependent on others to fight your battles. The Church is not established to keep its members on spiritual Pablum. The Church is to equip the saints so that they can be faithful witnesses to those outside the walls of the sanctuary.  So that they can carry a light into a world filled with darkness.  God doesn’t want a Church to be spiritually weak, He wants them to be strengthened by His Word.  He wants His Church to be able to resist the devil when temptations come.  He is looking for those who will be ambassadors for Him in this present age we live in.

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