Pastors should not live like kings.
teach are worthy of double honour, which means a generous stipend. But there's
generous and then there is excessive.
Benedictine monks that converted the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity in early
England took a vow of poverty so the Saxons would not think they were fleecing
them. Even the wealth they earned in their work they didn't flaunt or display.
They lived humbly, often giving away their excess to the poor.
the Anglo-Saxon's trust. It worked well because it was wise and trustworthy.
prosperity gospel, the idea that great men of God will be greatly endowed with
wealth was always going to do massive damage to the Church, especially in our
nation. When pastors live large, people think something is off. It often is
when they do.
damaging to the church as corruption, sex scandals, and other issues. Because
there is inherent in every person an innate distrust of someone who lives off
donations and appears to be living large. This innate distrust can be trained
out of people, many believers have had it conditioned out of them. In fact, many
Christians have their danger radars for many things switched off by
conditioning for various reasons. But for those not so conditioned it appears
off. It can only appear off, because it is off. As Jesus says the people of
this world are shrewder when it comes to money...he was wise to this.
which present an air of wealth among their leaders may convince some believers,
not all, but it'll always be a stench to most of society. It always has been,
and the medieval Church took steps to either avoid this happening or corrected
it when it did. To avoid giving off this stench.
Australian Church is learning again the hard way what history already had
written for us if we'd have been willing to listen. To be fair many of us did.
But many have not.