Doug Grow: Not all our pastors want to become blessedly rich
Pastor Mac Hammond is going to be the hero of those of us who have found Christianity a little prickly on the subject of cash. Wealth, the pastor of the massive Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park explained to his flock Sunday, is just another word for "blessing."
"God says if you base your life on his covenant, these blessings are gonna overtake you," the pastor told his congregation.
He has been overtaken by a Porsche, a Lexus, a couple of homes in Florida, a "retreat" up north, a couple of motorcycles and some sweetheart loan and lease arrangements with his church.
The Scriptures call us to provide for Pastor:
I Timothy 5:17-18, "Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”"
- The vast majority of Pastors I have known have been, sadly!, underpaid!
- I don't think we have ever been in a church where our pastor was overpaid!
- God calls his children to be actively involved in a local church and be faithful in giving. Part of that giving pays the Pastor
- I'm privileged to be in a church where the aim of our pastoral staff is NOT "to become blessedly rich"