Today is October 16, 2018

Verse of the Day — Colossians 4:1

Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.


Deal impartially with everyone.


A simple application of this verse today is how employer/employee relationships are handled. God wants employers to be fair and just. That would include paying fair wages for work done.

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against . . . those who oppress the wage earner in his wages . .&nbsp.” says the LORD of hosts. —Malachi 3:5

For the Scripture says, “. . . The laborer is worthy of his wages.” —1 Timothy 5:18

Employers should also provide an atmosphere without fear and/or threats or discrimination.

. . . masters . . . give up threatening, knowing both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. —Ephesians 6:9

But whether you’re rich or poor, educated or uneducated, spiritually mature or a babe in Christ, God doesn’t want us showing partiality in any situation:

You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. —Deuteronomy 1:17

. . . the awesome God who does not show partiality . . . —Deuteronomy 10:17

He will surely reprove you, if you secretly show partiality. —Job 13:10

For there is no partiality with God. —Romans 2:11

if you show partiality, you are committing sin . . . —James 2:9


Dear Compass,

Are there any Scriptures that refer to a pastor’s depth of involvement in a church’s finances?


From your question, it seems that you do not attend an “elder-led” church but rather a “pastor-led” church. Therefore, if that is true, the problem is that you are treating the pastor differently than the other elders. All elders are to exercise oversight in the church.

It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. —1 Timothy 3:1-7

Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed —1 Peter 5:1-2

The word “elder” is the most common way to describe pastor-teachers. But “elders,” “bishops,” and “pastors” are all used interchangeably: “shepherd the flock,” “exercise oversight,” “teach the Word.”

In Acts 20, all three terms are used interchangeably. In verse 17, the Bible says Paul assembled the elders (“presbyteros”). In verse 28, the words overseers (“episkopos”) and shepherd (“poimaino”) are used. “Elder” emphasizes who the man is, “bishop” speaks of what he does, and “pastor” deals with attitude and character. All three terms are used of the same church leaders.

There is really no biblical basis for a pastor-led church, a “senior” pastor, or a pastor being over the elders from an authority standpoint. The elders are to rule, each employing the gift(s) God gave them. However, there are many, many good churches where the pastor leads by tradition, or by default. Or where the elders allow the pastor a lot of room to run the church, make policy, etc. But the biblical model says it’s the elders who are accountable so they should be aware of everything the pastor does, for the pastor’s own protection.

Therefore, the biblical answer to your question is no more or less than the other elders.


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