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1 Corinthians 9:12

1 Corinthians 9:11-12 says, “If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.”

After reading these verses at a glance, you may find yourself asking questions like, “Should we pay our pastors and ministry team?”or “Is it presenting an obstacle to the Gospel?” However, upon further inspection, it becomes apparent that Paul’s point in this passage was quite the opposite: we should definitely pay pastors and ministers. 

For starters, it’s important that we remember the context of these verses. In this passage, false teachers within the Corinthian church were attempting to discredit Paul’s ministry as a way of leading good Christians astray. In order to do this, these false teachers found anything from Paul’s lifestyle that made him stand out from the other apostles, most notably his lack of use of the Gospel as a source of income. 

Paul was unique in the fact that he never asked anyone for financial support in his ministry, and when he needed funds, he made tents as a profession. He made the argument that we should pay pastors in 1 Corinthians 9:14-15.

He makes the argument that we should pay pastors, he just chose not to for spiritual bragging rights.

 “In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting,” Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:14-15.

Finally, you must also realize that Paul said these things at a time when there were very few Christians and the majority of them were slaves, tradesmen, widows and other financially destitute groups. 

At that time it was a very difficult thing for a pastor to be supported exclusively by his congregation since there wasn’t much room to spare in their incomes and there were fewer people to divide the burden. However, Christians today have a global community made up of many people with at least some excess income.


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