Thursday, September 10, 2015
Village Churches in Ranau (2)
We made several stops on the way and managed to fellowship with four pastors (photo, a typical pastor's house in the village). There was only one church that we made a brief stop and handed over the letter without tarrying as we wanted to get back to Ranau by 1pm. One pastor had gone out to tap rubber which is one of the more accepted ways of a pastor earning a bit of side income on top of his monthly salary. Even now our denomination is still debating whether the pastor's pay should be labelled as "allowance" (elaun) or "salary/wage" (gaji). Well I had spoken several times that in the NT Greek, the word for pay or wage "misthos" (Luke 10:7) or "time" (1 Tim 5:17). In the former, Jesus said, "a labourer is worthy of his wages" (Luke) and in the latter, Paul the apostle pronounced that an elder who labours in preaching and teaching and one who rules well is worthy of double honour", the word "honour" here in English comes from Greek, time which could mean not just verbal praise or worthiness but financial remuneration for work done.
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