I thought – since we’re on this point in James – I thought I’d address “Christian” flim-flam artists.
I’m sure my younger readers are unfamiliar with that term. Con artist is the phrase used today, but it’s imprecise in this situation.
Ever apply for a job with a Christian ministry? Guess what! They want you to work for free!
um… that’s not how it works. If you want a Christian radio station… guess what? you’re REQUIRED by the Bible to PAY the DJ’s. They’re performing a ministry. Demanding they volunteer for free to keep your radio station on the air is fleecing the flock.
“Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.” (Leviticus 19:13, KJV)
“Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:” (Deuteronomy 24:14, KJV)
“For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?” (1 Corinthians 9:9, KJV)
Work for the church? If you choose to volunteer a ministry of your own volition, then it’s to the Lord. If the church sees you have a talent or a God-given ministry for something – you should be paid.
In God’s economy, it’s quite simple. They missed the blessing for not paying you. They do not get that blessing in heaven. No kidding, they get rewards for paying a Christian.
And it’s also very possible that the wages due you, with interest, just might be subtracted from their rewards in heaven!
If someone does a $65,000 a year job in your church, and you pay them 18,000, you might suddenly find on entering Heaven that God made the accounting right, and subtracted the difference from your rewards, to the tune of $$47,000 each year of service… with interest.
Hope you’ve accumulated treasure in heaven!
Many very wealthy people who (if they surprise me and end up in heaven) require their Christian workers to volunteer, may find themselves with zip for rewards, if my understanding of this is Biblical.
That means the volunteer who took time to serve a ministry for free, when they desperately needed that time to get a paying job, may end up wealthier in Heaven than the minister who snookered them into volunteering.
This is a serious pet peeve of mine. Nobody works for me – I can’t afford it. I’d love to hire someone for $30,000 a year to go through my blog, tag everything, and fix typo’s. But hey, I can’t afford it. Anyone want to volunteer? I won’t let you. You should be paid for something like that.
It’s not a sin to volunteer if you want to. But to open a job, and then tell people it’s volunteer only… is criminal, in my opinion. And certainly not Christian. “Freely you have received, freely give” does not apply here.
PAY YOUR MINISTRY WORKERS.