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Paul's Pay

...from the issue, "How To Keep From Being Ma$tered,"

Paul wrote more of the New Testament than any other writer.
Paul's influence in the New Testament is second only to Jesus.
The second most influential person in the New Testament
AND the most influential both preached without pay.
This is the scripture that states Paul's position.

1 Corinthians 9:13-19 New Living Translation

(13) Don't you know that those who work in the Temple get their meals
from the food brought to the Temple as offerings?  And those who serve
at the altar get a share of the sacrificial offerings.

{14} In the same way, the Lord gave orders that those who preach
the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.

{15} Yet I have never used any of these rights.  And I am not
writing this to suggest that I would like to start now.  In fact,
I would rather die than lose my distinction of preaching without charge.

{16} For preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about.
I am compelled by God to do it.  How terrible for me if I didn't do it!

{17} If I were doing this of my own free will, then I would deserve
payment.  But God has chosen me and given me this sacred trust,
and I have no choice.

{18} What then is my pay?  It is the satisfaction I get from preaching
the Good News without expense to anyone, never demanding my rights
as a preacher.

{19} This means I am not bound to obey people just because they pay me,
yet I have become a servant of everyone so that I can bring them to Christ.

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