x517....Power--but not to take money!

6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
(2 Thessalonians 3:6-14, KJV).


Lets' take a look at this area of scripture....

Paul is giving instructions to the church. He is relating to them about his correct example--his example for ministry. What he is saying here--which is reiterated elsewhere--when someone ministers (serves) others--whether it is in teaching or the Gospel or in any Godly ministry--they do have the right to take money--yet they really should work!

When we read these verses with the understanding of the apostolic ministry which the entire church was operating in--we then understand that the ministry which the church was doing was not to operate by one person taking all the money and becoming a "professional minister"--but rather that the people should work their jobs--and minister--this was the example that Paul and the apostles whom he worked with gave--and asked others to follow after.

14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
(1 Corinthians 9:14-19, KJV).


Here again, Paul reiterates the concept. Yes, it is okay for someone to receive money to support their ministry--but he did not do so, so that he did not abuse his power in the Gospel. He is saying that the taking of money for ministry could be a place where power could be abused--it could be allowing the world into the church.

Remember how Paul had said in verse 9 of 2Thessalonians 3...

9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.

The pure Bible example is to do free ministry--to freely serve God---- definitely not support a "full-time" ministry--by a tithe.

What if a lot of very nice people, some of the very best Christians---accept this wrong idea?