by Brian Skyz
In modern times, pastors live pompous and lucrative lives that make people wonder if it’s okay for a man of God to live such a luxurious life. Many pastors have defended themselves quoting verses like Jeremiah: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” But is it really okay for a pastor to be a millionaire?
There’s no doubt that when God created us, He destined us for great things. In fact, Jesus says that ‘’ the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’’ Wealth is just an aspect of the abundant life God has in plan for us. In this context, it’s very ok for a pastor to be a millionaire, but that is not an absolute because the bible says that man cannot serve God and money — he (the pastor) will hate one and love another. So God has no problem with a pastor being a millionaire, but He has a problem when the millions of dollars start running the pastor’s life instead of God running his life.
Take Abraham for instance. He was very faithful to God and to him immense wealth came as a blessing from God. Never once did Abraham let his wealth come between him and God, in the same way when a pastor is blessed with millions of dollars, he should never forget that he is a servant of the highest God and not a slave of His money. The bible also says that it’s easier for a camel to pass through an eye of the needle than for a rich man to see the kingdom of God. Money brings a false sense of security that makes people think they don’t need God. In a nutshell, it’s okay for a pastor to be a millionaire as long as he remains faithful to his calling.