Double Honor or This Gun for Hire?
1 Tim 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
Elders that rule? Hmmm, anyone recall that Yahshua said to the 12 Apostles, Mat 23:11 But he that shall be great among shall be your servant.
What about Mark 10:42 ‘But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
Mark 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your servant:
What about ‘Freely you have received freely give.’ You’ll never see that in Pauline Christianity. Even the worship leaders charge a huge price just to hear their music. When I was young we called them rock shows and they weren’t cheap.
Now when Paul says ‘double honor‘ it literally means a double wage.
Have you ever wondered where preachers got the license to charge for their wares?
Yahshua chased the ‘money changers’ out of the Temple but Paul not only let them back in, but gave them license to double their prices. Making merchandise of their word. Not the Word of God, but the word of Paul
What’s even more sick, is that they never ever preach Truth, but poison the audience with more and more Pauline swill. They take from the poor and give to the rich. They live in vast mansions surrounded by stone walls many of them even have round the clock armed guards. Not to mention private jets.
A number of years ago, there was a very large conference in Spokane Wa, the preachers and self anointed prophets were charging a thousand dollars for every ‘personal word’ that they gave. This is not in anyway shape or form uncommon.
Every weekend in America and all over the world, preachers and self anointed prophets are making literal fortunes selling their version of the word. This is exactly what Balaam did. He was a prophet for hire.
Most of these conferences rake in a bare minimum a quarter of million dollars per show.
Now contrast this with life of Yahshua the Messiah! Do you ever see him charging a monetary price for the Word? Does He ever command His Apostles to charge a double wage for their preaching? Or any wage for that matter?
On the contrary He said ‘you can not serve both God and Mammon’
There are today many seniors that have nothing to eat but dog food, they barely have enough for rent. And yet these preachers rob them of even that, coercing them through pledges and vows to give their ‘two mites.’
Again while they are living in vast mansions. Dressed in clothes the cost of which would feed a family of four for years.
Out of one side of their mouth they preach that the Law of God is null and void, but out of the other side of their mouth, they place you under a curse for not giving to them your tithes and offerings. They claim that you are robbing God, by not giving all your best to them. As if they were God.
Suffice to say that ‘gospel of Paul’ is in full bloom and his fields are black unto the harvest. Oh, by the way, the only rapture that Yahshua ever spoke of was the ‘rapture of the damned.’