Dear Pastor Whoever….
I have already written to you about how devastating your salary isto Christ’s Great Commission. Now I point out something equallynefarious: Your salary devalues the relationship between Lord Jesus and His people. Bear with me as I unravel my position. Andkeep in mind it’s no easier to write than it is for you to read. Okay?
When you became salaried you became elevated, special, not fromChrist’s perspective, of course, but that of your brothers and sisters.You went from one of the guys to ‘the man’. From ordinary toofficial. From ‘brother’ to ‘reverend’. From influential to powerful.From follower to followed. From mere attendee to boss. And youbecame lord of the pulpit. In short, you replaced the lordship ofthe Holy Spirit with yourself. You garnered (unintentionally?)loyalty intended only for Jesus. You replaced Lord Jesus asdecision-maker, comforter, counsellor. Your salary did all this.
Had you lived by contributions (subsidized by outside wages?) youwould have remained ordinary, one of the guys, a team player,respected but not acclaimed. Were it not for the salaried, Jesuswould be the hub of the local church, and all others spokes in thechurch wheel. Also, others “who labor in the word and doctrine” -the sunday school teacher, the evangelist, the FB preacher, themissionary – would not be disadvantaged; they too would receivecontributions, freeing them to serve Jesus more effectively.
Jesus ministers to His people through the Holy Spirit. “He [theHoly Spirit] will not speak on His own authority, but whatever Hehears [from Jesus] He will speak.” The Holy Spirit, in turn, wantsto minister to the christian through christians. Not through asingular christian, but several. Your salary has seriously limitedthe Holy Spirit; people turn to (rely on), not Him and Jesus whosent Him, but to the one they have hired. Thus your salary, whileelevating you, has weakened the grip christians have on Christand Christ has on christians. Very not good.
Your brother-in-Christ, Larry Jones