Have You Read This Book Lately?
The Bible is a source of reading that some shun away from for varied reasons. However, while casually reading I discovered in 1 Peter 5:2, the Bible declares that pastors are to shepherd the flock without any desire for "dishonest gain." The King James Version uses the phrase "filthy lucre, to make it plain, for the love of money." Ministers of the gospel must not be driven by the love of money.
In 1 Timothy 6:5 we read, " . . . unless wrangling's (arguments) of men of corrupt minds and destitute of truth who suppose that godliness is a means of gain, from such withdraw yourself."
It appears that there are those in leadership who see the church as an avenue to financial and materialistic gain. Instead of empowering people by helping to see the importance of financial stewardship, many leaders of today's Modern Day Church view people as simply financial resources, or cash cows for themselves. Instead of looking at what they can do to impart life in others, the congregation and others alike, many leaders of the Modern Day Church find themselves looking to the people for only what these same people can financially do for them.
I assure you that God has a solution for it all. I encourage you to read Ezekiel 34:7-10, and know that the Word of God doesn't lie.