What Does The Bible Say About Preachers Asking For Money

God’s Plan for Preachers Asking for Money

The Bible teaches us that God’s plan for pastors and preachers is that we are to work for the people. In other words, we should not be asking for money. Different passages in the Bible try to make this clear. In 1 Corinthians 9:14, Paul writes that the preachers of the Gospel “should not get their living from the gospel”. Similarly, in 2 Corinthians 12:13, Paul complains that he had to receive an offering from the church in Macedonia, and refuses to take any more money. He emphasises that he didn’t come to Corinth to get something from them, but to “give away” something instead.

It is important to note that the Bible does not condemn people for receiving money for their work. Jesus Himself said that a worker deserves his wages (Luke 10:7). We can also see in the New Testament that some people who proclaimed the Gospel such as Philip (Acts 8:4-20) and Apollos (Acts 18:24-28) were compensated for their work. What the Bible does seem to denounce are those who make the preaching of the Gospel their sole source of income.

One of the main points to draw from this is that as preachers, we should not make our occupation to receive money, either through tithes or offerings, rather than preach the word of God and guide people with this word. Instead, we should be looking for other means of supporting ourselves outside of religion. A few examples would be starting a business, working as a teacher, or finding another job.

However, there are times when it is appropriate for preachers to ask for money. For instance, when a preacher needs to support his family or a mission, some churches might be willing to offer financial assistance. In these cases, a preacher can make a humble request for support and let the church decide whether or not to give something. It is important to note that these requests should never be made in a way that is confrontational or demanding, as this goes against the teachings of the Bible. Additionally, we should be aware that the church is devoted to helping and not obligated to provide any financial aid.

Ultimately, the Bible teaches us that preachers should not rely on people for money. To keep this principle, preachers should make sure to find other ways of providing for their family, instead of asking for money in the name of God. Despite this, there are still cases when it might be appropriate to ask for resources if they are necessary.

Protecting Preachers from Unfair Payments

In addition to the Bible’s message about not relying on people for money, we should also consider the effects of often unfair payments for the preachers themselves. Some preachers are put in an uncomfortable position due to their circumstance, as they may feel obligated to make a living out of their ministry. This can lead to irresponsible and selfish decisions made in order to receive more money, such as manipulating or exploiting the people who look to them for spiritual guidance.

It is important to note that most preachers are honest and dedicated individuals, however, they are also vulnerable to the pressures of the world. This is why it is so important for ministers of the Gospel to be properly compensated for their work. God’s word teaches us that those who are engaged in the work of the Gospel are worthy of “double honor” (1 Timothy 5:17). This means that churches should make sure preachers have access to fair wages for their work.

Moreover, it is also essential for churches to develop constructive methods for evaluating and rewarding their pastors and ministers. This could include providing financial incentives to those who are working hard to keep the faith alive and providing a sense of security. Churches could also help by covering certain expenses for preachers and their families, such as health and housing. This would ensure that preachers can focus on their ministries without the worry of financial constraints.

In conclusion, although the Bible teaches us that preachers should not rely on people for money, it is not necessarily wrong for preachers to ask for money if they need it. Churches and church leadership should create safe and supportive environments where preachers are encouraged and rewarded for their work, and are free from pressure to do anything unethical in the name of money.

The Example of Jesus

In order to properly understand what the Bible says about preachers asking for money, it is important to look to Jesus’ example. After all, Jesus was a “poor preacher”, who relied on funds from other sources. Jesus was not just a spiritual leader, but also a political leader, trying to spread the good news. He was forever travelling from town to town and country to country, teaching and preaching the truth of God. He also needed restaurants and transportation to carry out His mission and so it is not far-fetched to assume that He sometimes asked for and/or was given donations. A great example of this was when a rich young ruler approached Jesus and asked Him what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him to sell his possessions and give them to the poor, but when the man couldn’t bring himself to do it, Jesus accepted two hundred coins from him in exchange for a teaching.

From this we can assume that instead of depending solely on donors, Jesus often did other types of work to provide for Himself and His apostles such as fishing and carpentry. This is another example that the Bible teaches us that we should provide for ourselves, no matter what our calling is. Therefore, Jesus example and the teachings of the Bible are clear that preachers should not make their living from asking for and/or expecting people to give to them.

The Power of Generosity

We should also take into consideration the power of generosity and the concept of giving and receiving. God’s word teaches us that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).This means that we should not be too quick to rely on donations, and instead focus on giving back to the world. When we give of ourselves freely and unconditionally, we know that we will receive even more in return.

On the other hand, when people are constantly putting money in front of the word of God, it can lead to a sense of entitlement and greed. This not only goes against the teachings of the Bible, but could also lead to a detachment from our moral and spiritual responsibilities. Therefore, those who are called to the ministry should remember that their focus should be on growing the Kingdom of God, not on monetary wealth.

Unconditional giving may be harder to do in today’s world, where money is seen as the measure of all things. However, we can still show our faithfulness and trust in God’s plan for us by being generous with our resources, even if it goes beyond just money. Every time we extend a helping hand to someone in need, pray for somebody in need or reach out to someone in trouble, we are showing our faith in God’s ultimate plan and it is with this kind of generous giving that we can make a real difference in the world.

The Role of Worship in Giving

The Bible also teaches us to give in worship and to bring an offering to God. The offering of money and goods to God was an important part of tradition in the Bible. In the Old Testament, God commanded the Israelites to make sacrifices and offerings to Him. In the New Testament, Jesus gave the parables about of the widow’s mite (Luke 21:1-4) and the generous landowner (Luke 20:9-15) to encourage people to give sacrificially and cheerfully.

We can also see throughout the Bible that God’s people were commanded to bring gifts of money, goods and services to God in order to show their reverence, gratitude and faithfulness. We also learn from scripture that this type of giving is not about being financially secure, but about having a heart for God and wanting to share our abundance with Him. Therefore, we should make sure to give regular offerings to God and to give sacrificially, even when it may be difficult to do so.

The Greater Impact of the Message

Finally, we should consider the message that we are sending when we are asking people to give to us. The message should be one of love and respect, not one of manipulation, guilt or fear. Above all, the message should be one of faith and trust, not one of envy or greed. It is important to remember that the Bible commands us to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). Therefore, preachers should strive to show love and care for the people they are preaching to, rather than trying to get something from them.

When we look at the bigger picture, it becomes clear that the Bible is teaching us much more than just not to ask for money. It is about living in harmony with God’s will for our lives, being obedient to His commands, and standing firm in faith. This means being accountable for our words and actions, being generous with our time and resources and being a messenger of truth and hope to the world.


In conclusion, the Bible clearly teaches us that we should not be asking for money in the name of the Gospel and instead focus on finding other ways to support ourselves. However, there are certain cases where it might be appropriate to ask for resources if those needs are necessary. Ultimately, preachers should strive to show love and care for the people they are preaching to, rather than trying to get something from them. We should also remember the power of generosity, and give not only money, but love, time and resources when it is within our means.

Marcos Reyna is a Christian author and speaker. He is dedicated to helping create disciples of Christ through spreading the power of the gospel to others. He has written several books and articles on a variety of theological topics, including matters of faith, worship, biblical studies, practical ethics, and social justice. A trained theologian and devotee of spiritual writing, Marcos has a mission to spread Christian love everywhere. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN where he spends his days encouraging others to seek Christ's grace in all things.

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