2 Corinthians 12:13 Strong, Giving and Generous

2 Corinthians 12:13 (KJV)
For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.

The very next verse Paul says he still refuses to be a burden to this church. This is not meant to be a blessing. I see it as more of a rebuke against them.

A church that doesn’t carry the financial burden of their preacher (and of missionaries) is a substandard church. They are less than what they God intends them to be. It is the grace of God that moves upon a church to provide for their preacher, even at great sacrifice for themselves, it is not a “good and perfect” gift from above when the financial support has to come from other sources.

The pastor must weigh his own situation of course, but he wrongs his church when he seeks his support from outside. He weakens the health of his church when he keeps their burdens light through burdening others.

Somewhere some pastor has led his church to be

  • Strong,
  • Giving and
  • Generous

For others to depend too heavily upon them is to condemn their own ministry to weakness.

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2 Corinthians 12:13 Strong, Giving and Generous

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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