@earl40 I will bite. Regarding a pastor being paid, how would you interpret the following as not expecting payment? Paul not being paid, to me, seems to be the exception , but then again what he was doing was unique.1 Corinthians 9:8-14 "Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses, You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain. Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ. Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. " The thing you were responding to was a journal article, not a pastor's letter to the congregation. I think they are two different categories. If we are engaging about a journal that covers spiritual things, didn't the Reformation eliminate the view that there are two classes: the professional Christians and the lay Christian? If so, if secular journal can expect money, shouldn't a spiritual journal as well?