Anybody ever notice that in 1 Corinthians 9:14 Paul says that those who preach the gospel should "live from" the gospel?
The word live is actually a verb-but some translations (New American Standard, NIV) translate it as "get or receive their LIVING from the gospel".
Brethren, there's a big difference between living from the gospel and making a living from it. Did God design for people to get wealthy, live high on the hog from preaching? I don't believe so.
Seen a story on Abilene Christian website last night, average preaching salary in 2011 I believe was around $54,000. That's almost double my income from my job per year (skilled machine operator).
I was head of the finance committee in my small Church for a while. All priest in my diocese make $950 a month and the priest assigned to my Parish has 2 Churches. He gets 1 day off a week but is on call.
The Pope makes a 0 salary. Everything is paid for of course. Pope Francis was not a diocesan prist , he was a Priest of an Order. These Priests give all they make to the order and and only own personal items like books, clothes and music etc. They live together.
Pope Benedict retired after 60 years of service at $3200 a month.
People constantly say how rich the Church is, for how large of an organization it is , it is not. The Church is mainly property rich because there are over 300,000 active parishes in the world. There are no rich clergy that earned it from the Church, maybe some family inheritances for some.
You always hear if the Vatican would sell all the art that has been donated and the investments they have made, it will be enough to feed all the hungry the world for one day.
The Vatican has 2 budgets, one for the Church and one for the 'Country' it is considered.
Each one of these budgets are less than the City of Chicago.