by Stephen Whitney

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Overseeing Elders (2 of 3)
Series: I Timothy
Stephen Whitney
I Timothy 5:17-20

Richard DeHaan was President of Radio Bible Class Ministries and teacher for 20 years from 1965 to 1985. In his book Men Sent From God he described "What is a Pastor" and he wrote, "If the pastor is young, they say he lacks experience. If his hair is gray, he's getting too old for the young people. If he has five children, he has too many. If he has no children, he's setting a bad example.

If he preaches from notes, he has canned sermons and he's dry. And if his messages are extemporaneous, he isn't deep. If he's attentive to the poor people of the church, they claim he's playing to the grandstand. If he pays attention to the wealthy, he's trying to be an aristocrat. If he uses too many illustrations, he neglects the text. If he doesn't use enough stories, he isn't clear.

If he condemns wrong, he's cranky. If he doesn't preach against sin, he's a compromiser. If he preaches the truth, he's offensive. If he doesn't preach the truth, he's a hypocrite. If he fails to please everybody, he's hurting the church and ought to leave. If he does please everybody, he has no convictions.

If he drives an old car, he shames his congregation. If he drives a new car, he's setting his affection on earthly things. If he preaches all the time, then the people get tired of hearing one man. If he invites guest preachers, he's shirking his responsibility. If he receives a large salary, he's a mercenary. If he receives a small salary, well, they say he isn't worth much anyway."

Talking about a pastor's salary is a hot topic just like the role of women in ministry which Paul addressed in 2:11-15. People tend to have different options which can result in strong divisions.

I think that the question about a pastor's salary is really the question of time. How much of his time do you want him to devote to ministering to the needs of people and to studying
to teach the peop ...

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