In case you’re new around here, I do not believe that “double honor” in 1 Timothy 5:17-18 refers to a salary. I do not believe that Scripture condones paying a salary to someone in exchange for that person being a pastor/elder or in exchange for that person offering the church some type of service.
But, for those who do believe that “double honor” in that passage indicates a salary, I’d like to ask a couple of questions. The following two passages are very similar – perhaps even parallel – to 1 Timothy 5:17-18.
One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. (Galatians 6:6 ESV)
Does the passage above indicate that we should pay a salary to all teachers? Why or why not?
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you [lead you] in the Lord and admonish you,Â and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 ESV)
In the passage above (which is eerily similar to 1 Timothy 5:17-18), Paul uses the phrase “esteem them highly.” Could that give us a clue as to what Paul meant by the phrase “double honor”? Why or why not?
What do you think?