When preachers are televising God’s Word, is it biblically okay with God that they become rich and live above those that are struggling financially who are followers of Christ?
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In my opinion, even if the teachings of such an individual were to be accurate and biblically-based from a doctrinal standpoint, conspicuous displays of affluence, or appeals for financial support, detract from the message and witness that such an individual should be trying to convey, and leave the individual open to charges of hypocrisy. In addition, although Jesus said that the worker was worthy of his hire (Luke 10:7), He was speaking of bare subsistence (food and shelter provided by others). He Himself, during His earthly ministry, never acquired personal wealth. Indeed, He told His followers to do the exact opposite (Matthew 6:19-21), and went so far as to say that it was impossible to serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24). In that sense, the type of individuals spoken of in the question are disobeying that guidance, and will be held accountable for it. As Paul said, love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). All Christians should heed that admonition, and keep the earthly resources that God has granted them in a proper Scriptural perspective as an asset to be used for His service and glory, rather than as something that comes between the individual and God.
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