Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Over at the blog 'The Assembling of the Church', Alan Knox has written some excellent posts on Christian elders and if they should be paid for their ministry according to the Bible. I recommend them as a good read, and they fully vindicate the policies of Jehovah's Witnesses on eldership. Here they are in chronological (as in when they were posted) order:

1) What about work

2) What about work for elders/pastors

3) What about honor for elders/pastors

1 comment:

tom sheepandgoats said...

During WWII, Victor Blackwell was an attorney who represented several of Jehovah's Witnesses who sought exemption from the military due to being a minister of religion. Such exemptions were almost always denied. In contrast, paid ministers [Blackwell uncharitably calls them "mercenary ministers"] were granted such exemptions as a matter of course. On occasion, though, he would win a case, as when the judge addresses this client of his:

"If I remember my Bible, our Lord was a carpenter, Peter and John were fishermen, and Paul a tent-maker. they were ministers. Young man, I commend you for working at an honest occupation to support yourself and your ministry. I wish my preacher would go to work."

(From Oer the Ramparts They Watched, Victor Blackwell, Carlton Press, NY, 1976, pg 167)