The list of richest pastors in the world is always intriguing. And if you’ve been on this blog any number of times, you know we love intrigue more than anything.
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You haven’t fully considered an issue until you’ve looked at it from the angles that we will present to you. That’s what we work towards, and this piece will be no different.
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So, let’s look at this subject. And you know, long before we get into the list, there has to be some good background.
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Okay, so let’s do it.
Background: Why The List Of The World’s Richest Pastors Always Gets Attention
To properly understand why this is even a topic worth considering, you have to know where the Christian community has come from and how pastors have evolved over time.
No, it’s not going to be a boring history lesson, but it will help you situate what we’re talking about in its right context.
So, why should anyone compile a list of the world’s richest pastors? What’s the point? And why is that of special note and mention?
The answer is very simple.
People have always perceived pastoring as a sacrificial job. And it’s not just people – for the longest time, that’s the message that most pastors have led with about themselves.
You would hardly find a genuine pastor who decided to become one without understanding the sacrificial and self-giving nature of what he’s going to do.
Therefore, it comes as a surprise to many when, the people who set out most of the time, from a place of modesty, people for whom it seems lack of affluence would actually be useful to their job, end up being so rich that they warrant a list of the richest to be made and updated from time to time.
The second thing to note is that pastoring is unlike many other professions.
There is an angle to pastoring that puts a lot of its issues in uncertain, sometimes unclear waters. I’m talking about the fact that being a pastor is considered a spiritual endeavour, part of a person’s unique service to God.
Anyone can believe what they choose to about what it really means to be a pastor, and that’s fine. But the point is, being a pastor is not just a physical role, it has a spiritual, non-physical relevance to it.
Now, this aspect of things is the most difficult to evaluate because it’s not physical. It does not easily lend itself to reasoning – not always, anyway. It resides in the realm of a person’s personal beliefs, and that differs from person to person.
Even though there are many professing Christians, there is simply no known, natural standard to tell who is genuinely pursing a divine call or not.
Now, within the faith, or within a given belief system, there are standards
For instance, talking about the Bible, and in Christian circles, there are rules governing the exercise of the duties of the pastor, and adherents to Christianity use (or should use) these laid down guides to evaluate the people they look at all the time.
However, this only exists in the realm of that belief system, because when you step out of it, you are on your own. A non-believer in your faith is not obliged to use the same standards of measure as you would use as a member of the faith.
In many cases, it’s up to them to accept your belief-based standard up to whatever extent they want.
What I’m saying here in essence is this:
First, most people perceive pastoring as a sacrificial job. It has been portrayed as such for the longest time.
Second, there are issues about pastoring that border of personal beliefs and to what extent an unbeliever is willing to tolerate them, and that’s hard to always get right.
So, you have people who, per their own beliefs and set of experiences, are sure that they have been “called” to continue their lives as pastors. This is subjective, and no one can say for certain whether or not they ought to be, except to say that they do have the right to be anything they want and so cannot be prevented.
And then, you have the wider community of people – some believers, others not – who have to understand, interpret and explain the actions of these people, some of which border on personal beliefs that one may or may not be willing to entertain.
The reason the list of the world’s richest pastors is always intriguing, is because of this dynamic that this information plays in.
Back to the first point about sacrifice, is the fact that many have predetermined in their minds what a sacrificial endeavour means.
The understanding may have changed slightly over the years, but in essence, most of us expect the one making this kind of sacrifice to give their all to the work without expecting what we think to be very huge personal rewards.
Basically, we don’t expect pastors to be rich while they are claiming to be sacrificing for others.
Wealth, of course, is relative, but there are levels of wealth that most people agree on as great no matter the context, and so some agreement is there about how far a pastor is probably expected to be wealthy.
So then, for a profession that has mostly is considered to be sacrificial, self-giving, something you do for the well being of others and not yourself, it becomes interesting and a matter to be pursued by some when they find that people that are claiming themselves not doing something for the profit it may provide, are ending up wealthy and apparently profiting greatly by it.
Now that we have some background on why the list gets attention at all, let’s turn to the list itself. Where does it come from? Who puts it together? How, and Why?
How Is This List of Richest Pastors In The World Determined?
It would also help us to answer the question of where this list comes from. Who puts it together?
So, there is no simple answer to this. The truth is, anyone can come up with any list online these days. However to carry the authenticity needed, certain people and organizations have taken up the mantle to do a proper investigative work on the subject.
For the purposes of our discourse, this is what we will focus on.
Now, in this regard, the leading source of this information, quoted by several many others, is Forbes. The Forbes list of richest pastors in the world is practically the most reputable, best researched and most referenced piece online at the moment.
So, how do they come by this list?
Most likely by publicly available information and a valuation of the assets attributed to them publicly.
How Accurate Is This List?
Now, there is something to be said for the absolute accuracy of this list.
A number of things to consider.
First, the list is based on publicly available information. Forbes does not claim, as far as we know, any special knowledge of any possessions or wealth for any of these people that is not in the public domain.
What I mean by that is this: what Forbes uses for their calculation, is everything that we publicly know can be attributed to them.
Forbes does not claim to have knowledge of any private gathered wealth which the rest of us know nothing about. Therefore, these numbers, at least from a public perspective, can be verified by anyone who wishes to do so.
But that’s not the only thing to know.
One of the things that wealthy people are mindful to do, especially those who are not trying to get fame for their wealth, or like to live very private lives, is to keep their wealth a secret where possible.
Most wealthy people do not come out, without being asked, to display their wealth and declare just how much they have – okay well, some do, but most pastors would not do that.
Now, pastors are not immune from this behaviour of being quiet about their wealth. In fact, some of them take very proactive measures not to allow certain details of their wealth to hit the press, and it’s for the following reasons:
They don’t have to. After all, it’s their personal wealth, and they’re not required to disclose the details of that. Again, sometimes the wealth that they have can become the focus instead of the work they’re doing, and so they would prefer not to have people lose sight of what is really important to them, which in this case, is their work as pastors.
Because of this, it can be quite difficult to ascertain what they’re really worth.
Now, of course, Forbes can only go as far as what is public, and so on that basis alone, we can accept the list for what it represents.
However, the numbers could be much different from what Forbes is reporting.
Two things are clear, though.
First, these pastors are obviously very rich. Even if the true extent of their wealth is not known, what is known is enough to put them on a list like this.
Second, assuming we knew for certain the actual extent of what some of the people had, if anything were to change, it would likely only be the order in which they have been listed, with maybe two or three new entrants to the list. Most of those who are currently on it would likely still be on it.
So, as far as the accuracy of the list goes, we can take it for what it represents, but we do know that there are those things that the media would likely not have access to.
Let’s now take a look at the actual list… who’s on it, and where do they rank?
The List – The Richest Pastors In The World Today (2018)
10. Joseph Prince Net Worth 2018 – $5 Million
Pastor Prince Joseph is the Head of the largest church in the Asian continent.
He was born to a Sikh priest and previously employed as an IT consultant. Since becoming a pastor, he has excelled greatly and won worldwide acclaim both in his native home of Malaysia to the United States.
His sermons and teachings can be found across many platforms online, including the church’s website and other platforms where they have been duplicated or published by many.
9. T.B . Joshua Net Worth 2018 – $10 Million
Prophet T.B. Joshua is a prophet, pastor and philanthropist. He has a unique ministry and notable influence in his home country of Nigeria and beyond.
Millions fly into Nigeria from all around the world to visit the church and attend the services. Also, of particular note and mention are the miraculous occurrences that happen to people who visit his church or end up getting prayed for in his church.
On the ministry’s website, you will find very extensive testimonies of people with several types of ailments who testify to being healed, saved or delivered through their contact with T B Joshua and his ministry.
The name of his church is Synagogue Church of All Nations.
8. Billy Graham Net Worth 2018 – $25 Million
Billy Graham, until the time of his death, was a very popular televangelist, arguably one of the most popular pastors the world has ever and will ever see. His broadcasts were seen and heard across multiple locations within the United States and the world over.
Millions of people bear testimony all around the world of being impacted by his message and his ministry. Many people today actually bear record of having been saved and converted to be Christians through his evangelistic ministry.
As a man of great influence both in spiritual and political circles, he was once named by many as “America’s Pastor”.
Billy Graham, remained among the most popular and long-lived pastors on the planet (until his death in February 2018) and has been a presence for many historic events of the past two generations.
7. Kenneth Copeland Net Worth 2018 – $25 Million
Kenneth Copeland is the founder of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. The ministry has a long history in the United States and has been in active work for more than half a decade.
His church is located on a 1,500-acre campus and the property has several other structures in place besides the main worship auditorium.
Before his conversion to Christianity, he had commercial success as a recording artist, releasing 1957’s “Pledge of Love”, even starring in a movie that has long since been forgotten. 😉
He is best known for his messages about life in the kingdom of God, of which fellowship with God, walking in love, biblical prosperity and financial abundance form a major part.
6. Creflo Dollar Net Worth 2018 – $27 Million
Creflo Dollar is a pastor and a teacher of the Word of God, the founder of World Changers Church International. He is a very popular pastor in the United States.
His messages are filled with practical insights for Christian living, and he also teaches on the complete prosperity of the Christian.
Some of his best-selling titles are “Total Life Prosperity” and “8 Steps To Creating The Life You Want”, two volumes in which he expouses the value of a complete relationship with God that touches on all aspects of the human life, including but going beyond physical well-being, health and financial prosperity.
In recent times, Creflo Dollar has been a strong preacher of the message of the grace of God, and how Christians ought to live a life of righteousness based on God’s gracious provision and not their own efforts because of trying to keep the law.
He also hosts a television programme “Your World With Creflo”, an inspiring television show where he reaches millions with practical insights for daily living from the Word of God.
5. E. A. Adeboye Net Worth 2018 – $39 Million
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He started out as a preacher while still maintaining a professorship at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Adeboye has claimed a goal to put a church “within 5 minutes” of every home in the world. With 14,000 branches in Nigeria alone, he is well on his way to that accomplishment, at least in Nigeria. We can only wait to see what the future looks like for his ministry.
Holding some of the largest meetings to be recorded on the continent, and indeed, across the world, there are thousands and thousands who look to this man for spiritual direction and guidance.
4. Benny Hinn Net Worth 2018 – $42 Million
Benny Hinn is a healing minister, televangelist and has been for many, many years.
His popular testimony of how his pursuit of the Holy Spirit gave him a unique experience has been heard acorss several nations of the world.
Known to have crossed paths with Kathryn Kuhlman, one of Christianity’s greatest influences in time past, it is believed that the influence that got him started in the ministry came directly from his association with this long-departed woman of God.
There are many similarities to be observed between Kathryn Kuhlman and Benny Hinn, particularly in their understanding and relationship and expression of the person of the Holy Spirit.
He runs a program titled Miracle Crusade, usually held in large stadiums to accommodate the numbers that would attend.
Evangelist Benny has a solid fellowship in both Canada and the United States. There are overwhelming testimonies of healing miracles that always flow out of his meetings, told by people that have been healed as a result of their attendance and participation in such meetings.
3. Chris Oyakhilome Net Worth 2018 – $50 Million
Rev Chris Oyakhilome is a Nigerian pastor, and the founder of Christ Embassy, also known as the Believers’ LoveWorld Incorporated. The church has a massive following both in Nigeria and the world over, with people from all walks of life finding his message relatable and full of practical instruction for their lives.
The ministry that he heads, beyond spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, also engages in massive humanitarian work and aid. Notable among these are the Inner City Mission, a wing of the ministry dedicated to reaching out to less fortunate and underprivileged in deprived communities and giving them a reason for living.
In explaining how the ministry works and how he himself does things, you realize that Pastor Chris also firmly believes in the prosperity of the Christian and promotes the idea that God wants people to prosper in all aspects of their lives.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has had record-breaking meetings across Africa, recording millions in attendance. The ministry also owns three television channels that facilitate the spread of the message that he preaches and reaches millions of people combined.
Recently, Pastor Chris’ daughter Sharon got married in grand style, and the wedding was streamed live across all the ministry’s television network.
2. Bishop T.D. Jakes Net Worth 2018 – $147 Million
Bishop T.D. Jakes is the head of the Potter’s House Megachurch in Dallas, Texas. He also hosts the Potter’s Touch television program. He is a movie producer, a preacher and a writer.
As a pastor, he has distinguished himself in unconventional ways that most pastors are not known for.
His ability to make giant strides in these industries has also contributed to giving him global appeal and a wide footprint with which to influence both the Christian and secular communities he appeals to.
He has made great strides in gospel music, growing a choir that produces world-class music and hosts concerts that are well organized and are comparable to events of global quality anywhere.
The Potters’ House Mass Choir is a global brand that has produced many timeless songs which have shaped gospel music across the world. For those efforts, he was won several awards including a Grammy award.
Playing in the television and media, motivational speaking and advocacy spaces, he has garnered an audience that respects his opinions on issues that affect broad audiences of people across the United States. He also has to his credit several books, teachings and instructional materials that guide the lives of millions on a daily basis.
He is now a leading voice and carries great influence on the Christian space globally.
1. David Oyedepo Net Worth 2018 – $150 Million
According to Forbes, Bishop David Oyedepo is the richest pastor in the world.
Bishop David Oyedepo is a Nigerian preacher. His ministry is known by many names – Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland (which is really just the headquarters brand of the church), Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known popularly as Winners Chapel International.
As one of the pioneers in the Nigerian Christian Charismatic movement, the ministry that he heads has an active presence in 45 African nations, as well as in several other countries in other continents of the world.
In addition to preaching the gospel and raising churches, his ministry has also actively led in providing and developing hospitals, schools, maternity homes, and other social organizations across many nations in Africa.
So there you have it – the top 10 richest pastors in the world, by Forbes’ estimation.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to the real point of this conversation.
Should Pastors Be Rich?
This question has been asked time and time again, and it’s for a number of reasons.
First, you have some people who, because of their understanding or lack there of, of the Bible, believe that a man of God is not required, even permitted, to have great wealth.
Others simply default to the notion that they have not seen Biblical examples of men of God commanding great wealth, and try to extend that as the example and pattern for pastors today and indeed for all time.
Others also, point to scriptures that they believe indicate that one must necessarily choose a life of little and expect not to have great wealth.
Their notion is that the Bible is not in support of wealth because of its negative effects.
Then there are those, who see some pastors live affluent lives that, in their minds, detracts them from their core purpose as pastors, making them unapproachable and inaccessible to the masses, just like celebrities and other famous people.
The conclusion therefore, is that wealth must therefore not be for them, because it would set them against their role as being accessible and open to all.
So, all in all, it’s okay to ask the question.
What is not okay, is to make any one of the following assumptions:
1. Pastors are not supposed to be rich.
2. Every pastor that has gotten very rich did something unethical, illegal or wrong to get there.
3. Pastors cannot possibly get wealthy without crossing certain lines.
4. Pastors do not need an excessive amount of money.
So long as you do not make any one of the following assumptions, you are okay. The truth is, we would never ask these questions if it involved any other line of work or profession.
Here’s our argument.
The question is not, should pastors be rich. The question is, what prevents them, doing everything that others, and working as hard as some others do in other professions, (perhaps harder than others) get rich?
If you will look carefully at the list posted above, you will soon notice a trend emerge.
We will look at those trends as we discuss the different arguments for why a pastor may end up wealthy, but to start with, we need to see how pastors generally make their money.
How DO Pastors Make Their Money?
A lot of people have many ideas as to how pastors make their money. Or at least, the money that they can’t seem to account for.
In this section, we will attempt to enumerate a few of the ways we know of, where pastors can make money.
By getting paid a salary
Firstly, most pastors are paid. They are paid by the church organization. Most churches have an agreed stipend or a salary that they pay their pastors.
By a benefit package from the church
Again, most churches take care of certain needs that the pastor has, aside the salary that they are paid.
This varies from place to place, but it is not surprising to find that the church organization chooses to pay for a pastor’s house, fuel for their car, fees for their children, or some other recurring expense.
Again, this differs from place to place, so all will not have that privilege.
Think of these as a benefit package for the pastors, not unlike what many similar, secular organizations have for their top executives.
That’s not what gets most people. It’s the other things, some of which they don’t quite understand, that they wonder about.
Okay, so let’s take a look at some of these other ones.
People give money to pastors personally
In Christian circles, there are portions of the Scripture that enjoin people to give personally to the pastor.
A lot of Christians take these instructions seriously and adhere to these practices, and consistently give to the pastors personally.
They do this as an expression of personal appreciation for his role in their lives, and in obedience to the biblical instruction to give personally to the pastor.
Now, depending on the nature of the church and the frequency and consistency with which people do these things, it would be easy to see how personal giving to the pastors can quickly build into some appreciable source of money.
By writing books
Again, some pastors are also authors of several books, which bring them some revenue.
Here it is important to note that publishing a book is not the preserve of the church organization, but of the pastor himself.
In other words, the book does not belong to the church, but to the pastor himself.
Just as the resources required to publish the book must be personal, so the profits accruing from that are personal.
That also works out as a very healthy income stream, depending on how successful the books become.
By receiving an appreciation gift for ministering in other places
Another source of income is when a pastor goes to minister in other churches and organizations on his own time.
That income, again, would likely belong to the pastor personally and not to the church organization where he works.
Again, depending on the frequency of this, you can again see how that is profitable.
Furthermore, there are no real limits to how much a church or an organization may determine to give to a pastor who comes to preach to them.
Most churches internally have their own determinations for how much they honour visiting pastors with, but it’s not fixed across churches and is always subject to the occasion.
By investing in financial opportunities
Then, of course, any money that accrues from legal financial activity also belongs to the pastor.
So, for example, any investment that yields returns, or any kind of financial instrument held in a bank or investment firm of choice.
Now here again, is where it gets interesting.
A pastor can get involved with any profit generating activity as long as: it does not require his physical investment of time or effort (perhaps only money), and is not misrepresented as belonging to the church organization (hence a tax paying, for-profit business), or it does not violate his calling as a full time minister.
Now, where we draw the line here is very important.
A pastor may not be seen running a car rental business. But there is nothing that stops a pastor from investing his money into a car rental business, that works for profit and pays taxes, which he does not manage in person.
Disclaimer: This is as far as we know. Feel free to get back to us if you disagree with this.
Like everyone else, a pastor still has to make smart financial decisions. More so, because his income is very dependent on some variables that he may not always control.
So, you see that there are quite a number of ways that a pastor may be receiving money well within the framework of being a pastor.
We have not mentioned all of them, but you can easily see how, depending on the frequency and extent to which some of them happen, it can be quite huge incomes for a pastor.
In the case of freewill donations to him personally, there really is no limit to how much a person may decide to give to a pastor out of their own resources.
The Prosperity Gospel – Dubious Scheme or Plain Truth?
I feel this issue of the prosperity gospel is worth a mention in a discourse like this.
For one primary reason.
The prosperity gospel, according to many detractors of these rich and wealthy pastors, is the reason why many of them are insanely rich.
Their argument is this: a lot of pastors are now rich because they preach the prosperity gospel, which works for them at the expense of their followers, members or congregation.
If you don’t know what the prosperity gospel is, or what it means, it is a name given to the body of teachings by certain pastors where they are alleged to be telling adherents that prosperity is God’s plan for them and so each person must endeavour to be rich, because it is a necessary part of Christianity.
The people that talk about the prosperity gospel being bad say that it is not founded on sound Biblical teaching and that it is a pretext for many pastors to extort money from unsuspecting members in the name of leading them into the abundance prepared for them by God.
Many of the people who have made this list have been accused at one time or the other of being proponents of the so-called prosperity gospel.
Of the list here, I can probably only name one – Billy Graham – who was not so widely accused of preaching the prosperity gospel.
Little wonder then, that they have all made it onto the list of the richest pastors in the world in 2018, huh…. 😉
In this article, we shall attempt to give two separate arguments for why, perhaps, the idea of pastors getting rich should not be so foreign from our expectations, how it could in fact make sense or be explained, up to a point, and why perhaps, we should rethink our notion of people in service to God who are better off for it.
The Intellectual Argument
The primary argument that many make against these rich men of God is the idea that, as people doing sacrificial work, and not working for money, there shouldn’t be the possibility that they make so much money.
I propose a different look.
Let’s look at these people and what they do from a purely human and natural point of view, and see whether what they are doing could in fact lead them to where they are now.
Most pastors are dedicated.
First, recognize that at the heart of pastoral work is dedication.
Now, dedication is very easy to achieve in the secular world. Often, it is driven by money and benefits. People are dedicated to the business so long as it serves their personal interests.
In working as a pastor, you work by inspiring a group of people to believe something with you and live that way.
Being dedicated then, is not a matter of how much you’re paid, because most pastors will tell you that they have a “calling” to do what they’re doing. Let’s assume for the moment that we don’t know what that means; we’re only presenting a logical argument.
It therefore stands to reason that, the drive these people have to do their work, is the numbers of people they are able to influence in the direction they’re going.
It also stands to reason, that pastors would require a much greater measure of dedication to get results, since they are leading volunteers who don’t have to go the way they’re leading.
To provide enough inspiration to draw many to follow you willingly requires an insane amount of dedication and love for what you do.
Now in the secular world, dedication is key to success, whatever you measure success to be. Assuming we limit success here to financial gain, it’s definitely true that a lot of people that have wealth are known as very hardworking people dedicated to what they work for.
I don’t know why then, a pastor, working as hard as they do, working with as much dedication as they do and need to do, would not be rich at some point, if the reward of their work was money.
And if they were rich, I fail to see how anyone could misunderstand how that wealth came about.
Most pastors work very hard.
Following from that, is the fact that most pastors work extremely hard.
It is a known fact that pastors work harder than people in most other organizations. In fact, it is a documented fact that pastors are among the highest risk category to insure, and are also the most likely to suffer from stress-related diseases.
This lets you know that most of them do a crazy amount of work.
At the very least, for praying for their members consistently, shepherding them and guiding them to live productive lives both spiritually and naturally, they do a lot of work.
An average church with a membership of 100 people, would typically have, at the very least, 10 people who work for the church and ensure that things happen.
You might therefore call the pastor a boss of 10 people.
Now, even in secular circles, anyone with a company of 100 employees, or even 10 employees, would be said to be running a large enterprise.
Consider then, how that these men of God, are running organizations that are subscribed to by people in the hundreds of thousands and in the millions.
Bishop Oyedepo’s church is arguably the largest auditorium in the world, which seats 50,000 people in one meeting. With about 4 services running, and assuming only a few repeats, that is easily 180,000 people that come in weekly to listen to this man.
Any business with a customer base of 180,000 all making a visit to the shop in a day would be making a profit beyond the roof.
Now, consider that in such a congregation, there would be, conservatively, a 5% number who felt personally impressed to appreciate their pastor with money on a regular basis. With a 180,000 member crowd, that’s easily 9000 people to show their appreciation by giving to the pastor personally (not offerings to the church or a group in the church; to the pastor personally)
Again, assuming that each person so impressed could only give 10 USD, that is easily 18,000 USD.
We have used very conservative numbers here, but the point to be illustrated is simple, and I hope you can see it.
Most pastors work harder than the average person.
A lot of people do not (and indeed, could not) keep the schedules that some of these pastors keep.
Now remember this is an intellectual argument, so we’re looking at this from a very natural standpoint.
I would not be surprised that, for all their hard work, wealth and money, though not the primary reason for their work, still come along as fringe benefits to the package.
Most of the richest pastors in the world have worked for many, long years.
I noted earlier that there was an interesting trend to notice from the list that we have.
It’s simply the fact that, most of these pastors, (all of them, in fact) have been at this work for many, many years. Most of them have been at least three decades at this.
Now, in the secular world, any entrepreneur who has been at the job for 30+ plus years, can be understood when they’re wealthy.
Most CEOs, business owners and entrepreneurs are expected to have some measure of wealth after being at it for years and years.
I would submit that if anyone is more likely or able to become rich from decades of dedication and hard work, it would likely be a pastor ahead of other professions.
Now, I am not by this suggesting that all pastors should be as rich as these 10 listed here. That’s not what I mean.
I mean, it is plausible to expect, after decades of dedication, hard work and making a difference in the lives of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, that possibly there just might be more avenues for receiving money for such a person than for the average person.
The Spiritual Argument
While we’re considering the intellectual argument, it is also important to consider the spiritual argument.
The spiritual argument will seem very biased, and it is, because I am a bible-believing Christian.
So, basically, here is where I tell you that all what is being said about the prosperity gospel is hogwash and pay no attention to it.
But wait, there’s more to it than that.
As a Christian, and from a Christian perspective, it’s important to understand that God intends good things for all His children, including the pastors, who are first Christians before being pastors.
So why this part?
This is the part mostly for Christian people who, for one reason or the other, do not believe, understand or expect that a pastor can or should be wealthy.
Again, I caution that this is not to suggest that all pastors will be rich, or indeed should be.
Having money is not, and will never be, a measure that God uses to determine who is faithful to Him or successful in his pastoral work. For that reason, it would be unreasonable to expect that every pastor, once they are a pastor, will be world-record rich.
The point is this:
There is no specific portion of the Bible forbidding a pastor from being wealthy.
Much as many Christians have thought that the Christian life is not about money (and it isn’t), it is very clear from the Scriptures that God is very concerned about the financial well-being of His people, the church, and pastors.
Scriptures that talk about money being evil are mostly misunderstood. The Scriptures talk about the love of money, and that is evil, because it motivates a lot of evil motives and actions.
The Scriptures do enjoin that every Christian ought to seek first the kingdom of God and the righteousness of God, and that everything else, including but not limited to financial prosperity, will come as a necessary consequence of that pursuit of God.
There are probably many, many points to expouse, and we will continue to expound on them here.
We will probably update and expand on this portion as days go by; keep looking here for updates as we expand on this.
Whatever the case is, you should recognize that a Christian is God’s own child, and God, more than anyone, wants them taken care of, in whatever way is needed, including financially.
Now, some have said lots about the fact that these rich men of God have private jets, extremely nice houses and so wonder why they ought to have that.
Well, without going into too much detail, again from the intellectual standpoint, why do you really care what a rich man does with his own money? Somehow there is a growing group of people who feel they have to be the ones to tell what someone else does with their own money.
Of course, you have no say into how someone uses their own money.
The only reason it seems we have to check up on pastors who spend and live lavish lifestyles seems to be the fact that we actually think their wealth is ill-gotten, perhaps made off of the backs of other people, so to speak.
So, in a sense, we tell them what they have a right to have or not, because we feel like it’s “our” money they’re wasting, in one way or the other.
I would not want to get very confrontational in this post, and indeed the point is not to be, but really… who presumes to tell another person what they should do with money they’ve gotten legally, by their own hard work, and financial prudence?
No one, I guess.
In any case, should anyone want to defend the ownership of private jets and all of that, I say, why not own them? Private jets are meant to be owned, are they not?
Is it illegal to own a private jet? Whether as an individual, a corporation, or whatever, it’s not illegal. A private jet is something anyone with means can and is allowed to own, so the issue is not really the owning of the jet, but the notion that someone was exploited, or that other people’s money is being wrongfully exploited in the process.
In any case, I’m not in the business of accusing people of things I don’t have proof of, so I don’t generally go round accusing pastors or anyone else, for that matter.
Now, several Christians appreciate a good blessing and financial provision as coming from God. I would have thought that pastors getting wealthy should have been seen as God’s blessing especially to people who have dedicated their whole lives to serving God unconditionally.
I will attempt to do a very complete dealing with the subject of prosperity in another post. Keep an eye out for that. Sign up to the email list and subscribe to our push notifications and get to know instantly when that happens.
Now, just in case your pastor is not named in this list, don’t worry.
It doesn’t mean anything specific.
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Understand that there will always be contrasting opinions about the subject. What is important is to keep an open mind, to not accuse people of things you don’t know for certain, and be willing to appreciate the natural side of these things.
As a bible-believing Christian, I do endorse the idea of pastors getting wealthy. They are examples to me in many ways, and I believe their success with money is no different.
Perhaps we are better off focusing on the positives of everything we see and consider, and not on what appears to be the negatives. There’s always a lesson to learn if we will keep an open mind.
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