Posted by: SandreS | December 24, 2009

Religious Hirelings

He who is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches them, and scatters the sheep.  The hireling flees, because he is an hireling, and cares not for the sheep (John 10:12-13).

Noah Webster defines “hireling” as “one who is hired, or who serves for wages.” Truly, religious hirelings are the respected order of the day.

As believers, we are to regard our “secular” employment as divine – “as unto the Lord” (Ephesians 6:5‑8; Colossians 3:22‑24; Titus 2:9-10). Thus, each believer’s vocation is indeed a high calling of God (Ephesians 4:1). As William Carey (1761-1834) would say, “My business is preaching the gospel, and I cobble shoes to pay my expenses.”

Often the man who teaches God’s Word is disdained, as if he were not genuine, if he is not religiously “salaried.” It is amazing how the tables have turned. The fact is that Paul was not for “hire;” rather, he was the bond-slave of Jesus Christ, making his living as a humble laborer – a “tentmaker” (Acts 18:1‑3).

Witness Lee brings his own testimony,

Paul worked with his hands at making tents (18:3) in order to support both himself and those who were with him. He worked in order to help his young co-workers. This indicates that Paul’s way was not that of today’s clergy who make a profession out of preaching.[1]

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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[1]. Witness Lee, Life-Study of Acts, p. 479.


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