Just as in any other situation, one can’t judge ‘good’ preachers, ministers or pastors because of the ‘bad’ ones.
And, let it also be noted that God has ordained that those who PREACH the Gospel should earn their living from the Gospel…
1 Corinthians 9:14 (NKJV)
Does that mean the church should makes a Pastor rich? No!
But, it also doesn’t mean they should keep him in poverty if they have the means. If anything, his income should be an average of the members.
But, the truth remains that there are some Pastors and preachers who look at the ministry, not as a calling from God to make disciples and edify the Body of Christ but…
To some it’s a hustle.
To some it’s just an income.
To some it’s a means to have influence.
Many who were once passionate about their calling and sincere in their message, it’s become a job in which they compromise the truth and responsibility of sometimes upsetting the congregation because they don’t want to lose their income….so they ‘sugarcoat the Gospel’.
And, there are those who could easily post their sermons and sermon series on YouTube for the world to enjoy for free. But instead, they peddle them for a price.
We as ministers must be very careful that we aren’t PEDDLING the Gospel.
2 Corinthians 2:17 (NKJV)
Yes, ministers are free to share their thoughts and creativity in books and other creative outlets beyond the church, but they must always remain true to their purpose and calling.
Whether a little or a lot, any minister in it for the money is ‘peddling’ the Gospel.
Our focus, passion and priority must always be making disciples, building the Body of Christ, and unselfishly shepherding God’s flock.
1 Peter 5:1-4 (ESV)
5 So I exhort the elders among you, (A)as a fellow elder and (B)a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 (C)shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[a] (D)not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;[b](E)not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not (F)domineering over those in your charge, but (G)being examples to the flock. 4 And when (H)the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the (I)unfading (J)crown of glory.