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No Paid Clergy: Something To Boast Of?

Refusing to pay any bishops, pastors, or elders is something to be ashamed of. Using Old Testament language, the apostle Paul tells us not to “muzzle the ox”. In 1 Timothy 5:17-18 we read,

> Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

The New Testament envisions people who are so engrossed and dedicated to studying and preaching the word and pastoral care that they need money from local Christians to keep afloat. “One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.” (Galatians 6:6)

## See Also

* [The Church’s Unpaid Clergy]( (LDS Newsroom)

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