MUZZLE THE OX
1. Is it in the Bible?
De 25:4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.
1Co 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
1Ti 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
2. What do we believe it means?
Ministers have the right to ask for money from other believers, and it is a correct Biblical idea to contribute to the ministry that other believers do.
3. What does it really mean?
What is wrong with this buzzword and this concept?
Once again it is a correct concept, which is misunderstood and abused by our incorrect defintions of ministry and operation
Yes, absolutely if someone is ministering and serving God they should be able to ask for support from other believers. And yes, it is a good and correct Biblical idea to contribute to the ministry that other believers do.
There is really nothing wrong with this concept--except, we have been handed a wrong concept of "ministry". Tradition stresses the idea that only some people have ministry. This is wrong. the bible tells us we all have ministry. Since we all have right to do ministry--we all have the right to be supported by others when we do our ministry. "Ministry is not a permanent title. it is something that god call--that God ordains--for a season.
The church in the Bible met is small groups. they prayed in the Spirit and asked the Lord what they should do (they truly put God first and let Him lead--as Jesus had given example) when he gave an instruction to someone, they absolutely had the right to ask for support from others and it certainly was a good thing to contribute to this ministry calling. But these callings had a beginning--a middle and an end. At the next meeting (and they met daily) perhaps others within the group might be called on by God to minister. Now those who had contributed might be in the position of asking for help. A group of equals, serving God, doing their best to carry on Christ's example and mission.
But even asking for contribution was lead by God. For, while Paul states that it is correct to ask for support--he states that in he case of the Corinthian church he did not ask for contributions--because it would have hindered them from receiving the message.
How did Paul know this?
he probably asked God!
the new covenant calls for Spirit-lead giving--NOT giving as a law or requirement.
God is meant to lead in all things.