kjv@1Corinthians:9:9@ 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?
kjv@1Corinthians:9:10@ 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.
kjv@1Corinthians:9:11@ If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
kjv@1Corinthians:9:12@ 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.
kjv@1Corinthians:9:13@ 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?
kjv@1Corinthians:9:14@ Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
kjv@1Corinthians:9:15@ 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.
kjv@1Corinthians:9:16@ 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!
kjv@1Corinthians:9:17@ 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.
kjv@1Corinthians:9:18@ 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.
kjv@1Corinthians:9:19@ For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
kjv@1Corinthians:9:20@ And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
kjv@1Corinthians:9:21@ To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
kjv@1Corinthians:9:22@ To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
Seems that there is always a fuss over money, be it tithes or church salaries or building funds or pastor's portions etc. It comes to the point where the gospel is hindered by all the fuss. Some concern is rightly placed. Most concern is nothing more than serving the master of mammon more than the master of grace. Paul was well within his rights to eat of the grain he had milled, but, made a personal decision as an apostle not to partake of his portion simply because it would surely become an offense to weaker less mature believers. Not all ministers are in that same position nor should they be expected to be either.
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