Ask Your Preacher
“Giving Equally”Categories: PREACHING/TEACHING, THE COLLECTION, WORSHIP
Why do preachers that live by the gospel give money to the gospel? And are they required by God to give as others are commanded to give?
Where’s The Wallet?
Dear Where’s The Wallet,
Congregations are allowed to support their preachers financially (1 Cor 9:14), but preachers are still just men. The rules for giving back to the Lord are no different for preachers than they are for any other christian. God tells us all to be cheerful givers (2 Cor 9:7) and to give as we have prospered every first day of the week (1 Cor 16:1-2). This is true for preachers just like everyone else.
In fact, this principle was even true in the Old Testament. The Levitical priesthood (not that preachers are priests!) made their living from the offerings received at the temple, but they were still required to tithe just like everyone else (Num 18:26).