In another thread I kind of got off topic so I will bring it here and start this thread. My thoughts about Pastors receiving high compensation and living rich are that they are not looking after GODs money. Example: The church supplies most with a Home, and utilites at least and some cars my question how can a Pastor justifiy making say $100,000.00 a yr or more. Luke 12:15: "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions." The apostle Paul addressed that issue in First Timothy 6 where he directs his attention to "those who are rich in this present world" (6:17). Perhaps you don't consider yourself rich because you don't have an expensive car, a fancy house, or a large bank account. But "rich" in this context refers to someone who has more than he needs to provide food, clothing, and shelter for himself and his family (v. 8). If you have discretionary funds, you are in fact rich, and Paul speaks to you. It isn't wrong to have money and possessions; it is wrong to build your life around them. Paul doesn't command the rich to give all their money away and take a vow of poverty, but he does give specific guidelines to follow when dealing with material things. The first thing Paul says is "not to be conceited" (v. 17)–at the heart of the matter. Rich people are constantly faced with the temptation to take on airs of superiority–with thinking they're better than those who have less. Wealth and pride are twins–the more you have, the more you will tend to battle pride and self exaltation. It’s easy to believe we gained our wealth solely because of our own abilities (Deut. 8:10-19). In contrast, Philippians 2:3-4 says we're to be humble, not just looking to our own affairs but also to the affairs of others. Greek and Roman culture mocked humility and exalted pride–just as our society does today. That makes humility a distinctive that marks those who live for Christ. Here are some basic responsibilities from 1 Timothy 5 that most honor God. • Provide for you family (5:8) • Provide for widows (5:3, 16) • Provide for church leaders (5:17) Beyond those responsibilities, we are to be "rich in good works." Riches do not belong in a bank, endlessly compounding interest to provide for your security. That money won't follow you to heaven–your deeds will (Rev. 14:13). Money stays here, but the good you've done for Christ’s sake is an investment in eternity. Just some thoughts of mine it bothers me to see Pastors riding in Rolls Royces and expensive cars and living in huge expensive houses while there flock are suffering with poverty. I see no reference in the bible were a man called by God was getting rich and not giving back to Gods people.