Is it Okay For A Pastor to be Rich?

by Dale Partridge

The way someone handles material wealth is a barometer of their spiritual health. The Bible is not silent about how we are to view and manage our money and possessions. In fact, the Bible talks about money and possessions more than almost any other topic. In this episode, Veronica and I discuss not just how Christians should view and handle wealth but more specifically, how pastors should carry themselves in this critical territory.

Scriptures Referenced

  • James 3:1: “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.”
  • 2 Corinthians 8:9: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”
  • 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
  • 1 Corinthians 8:9-13: “But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.”

This topic is one that requires maturity and sensitivity to navigate. After watching or listening to this episode, what is your opinion? Do you have any questions or comments? Maybe you have something to add to the discussion? If so, let us know in the comments below.

After watching or listening to this episode, what is your opinion? Do you have any questions or comments? Maybe you have something to add to the discussion? If so, let us know in the comments below.

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