Pay Your Preachers ~ Pay Your Taxes.

There are some who would have folks think that paying a pastor for shepherding the flock is a sin.  However, the Word of God is clear in this matter as well as paying taxes to the Government.  Elder Leland speaks to these issues . . .

The Baptists believe that those who preach the gospel should live of it:  that a preacher is as much entitled to a reward for his labor, as the reaper in the field is to his hire.  It is a gross innovation from truth, to view the wages of a minister in the light of alms.  That religion that opens the heart, unties the purse-strings.  When souls are caught in the net of the gospel (like the fish that Peter caught) they have a piece of money in their mouths.  If people will not give the preacher his due, they and their money must perish together.

Finally, the Baptists hold it their duty to obey magistrates, to be subject to the law of the land, to pay their taxes, and pray for all in authority.  They are not scrupulous of taking an oath of God upon them to testify the truth before a magistrate or court; but reject profane swearing.  Their religion also allows them to bear arms in defence of their life, liberty and property, and also to be friendly to those who differ with them in judgment, believing a cynick to be as bad as a sycophant.

God speaks about paying preachers:

“Say I these things as a man?  Or saith not the law the same also?  For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn.  Doth God take care for oxen?  Or saith he it altogether for our sakes?  For our sakes, no doubt, this is written:  that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.  If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?  If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather?  Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.  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.”  I Corinthians 9:8-14

God speaks about paying taxes:  

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God:  and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.  Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power?  Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good.  But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain:  for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.  Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.  For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.  Render therefore to all their dues:  tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”  Romans 13:1-7

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