If somebody is preaching the gospel another must be paying the bills. The gospel is very expensive to preach because everything required to preach the gospel cost money.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
I can give you a car🚗 for free but maintaining it and keeping it on the road is not free. The gospel is free, healing is free, deliverance is free but people who sell Bibles don’t do so for free. Microphones 🎤 are not free, Speakers🔊 are not free, chairs are not free etc. Everything you use in preaching the gospel are expensive and requires good money💰.
If a man leaves a mouth-watering job for the sake of the gospel, who pays his bills? Who takes care of his food, his shelter, his transportation, his children’s school fees etc.
1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
1 Corinthians 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?
The gospel, the anointing, the healing are not for sale, but someone must pay the bills for the gospel. We are in a society where it is unlawful and unpopular for a gospel preacher to be rich. If he’s rich, he is said to be living at the expense of his poor members even if he’s hardworking. The Bible states categorically that poor people will not cease to be among us… Lazy people who are not willing to work but depend on their pastor and other members of the church; members who spiritualize and faith everything but fail to take practical steps to come out of lack and want.
Who is to be blamed? The pastor who is rich because he’s hardworking or the members who are poor because they are lazy.
Spirituality and faith will never take the place of hard work. Even if you carry everything you have and give it to the poor, those who will be poor will still be poor. In fact some are still poor because their hobby is to collect and collect.
If the laity is entitled to good life, the clergy is also entitled to a better life. If our houses must be beautiful, the house of God should be more beautiful. If our children must go to good schools, the pastor’s children should attend better schools too.
If someone is preaching the gospel, someone must be paying the bills. The gift of healing is free but for me to come to your house to pray for your sick child, I need transportation. You are a degree holder, I am a degree holder as well. You got a job with oil company and earn N5 million per annum, I also pick up divine job to preach the gospel. You are the financier of the gospel, I am the preacher of the gospel.
Note that all men are mandated to go into all the world and preach the gospel. If you are not going physically you must go financially. The major problem of the church of Christ today is that we have more preachers than financiers of the gospel. This is the reason why many preachers have resulted to selling the gospel to continue to be relevant.
The gospel is not for sale, but those who are meant to to pay the bills must rise to the responsibility. Jesus preached the gospel but Peter provided the boat. Every man God created is either a preacher of the gospel or a financier of the gospel. What are you?