Monday, October 12, 2009

Worthy of double honor

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain," and, "The laborer deserves his wages." (1Ti 5:17-18)

I wonder if this is what Paul meant?

Graham's 2 CEO posts boost pay, draw critics

Concerns about his rising financial compensation during tough economic times have prompted evangelist Franklin Graham to temporarily give up future contributions to his retirement plans at the two charities he leads.

As president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, he receives two full-time salaries and two retirement packages. Last year, his total compensation from the two Christian ministries was $1.2 million.

The size of Graham's total 2008 compensation - $535,000 from Samaritan's Purse and $669,000 from Charlotte-based BGEA - drew questions from nonprofit experts interviewed by the Observer. They doubted that one person - even the energetic, globe-trotting Graham - can do two full-time jobs leading organizations that employ hundreds and spend hundreds of millions around the world.

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Steve said...

Talk about an ox that wasn't muzzled!

I find it hard to believe that a man of God could live with himself making so much more than an average person.

Our church is in a wealthy area and has some wealthy members, (not all by any means) and our pastor makes about $65,000 a year.

He's worth every penny and I wish it could be a little more.

But over a million dollars? I do think that is excessive. But since I'm not the one paying him, maybe it's not my business.

Joe said...

That is one fat ox! He did send me a free book once, after I e-mailed them and told them to save themselves some money by sending me so much junk mail.