Why don't we expect doctors and lawyers, and CEO to live in run down houses where they you have to trap and get rid of 100's of mice every year. 100x11 years = how many. So why should preachers?
If a preacher lives in a nice home people will say he is taking the money from the church. Hate that.
Charity and I have lived in some trashy houses. But we have made them look very nice in the end.
But to be honest we have had some very nice houses. In Connersville, the church built us a new home and gave us a nice salary to live on. And Charity and I didn't have to have another job. That was nice until the pastor fired us.
When we lived in Altoona, the church moved us to a house that was really not very good. But then a member gave us the money for a down payment for a house. Then a member worked dirt cheap to help us fix it up. And then the church gave us a salary that help pay for it.
Boy I wish I could write a book and sell it. I could be another John MacArthur, or John Piper or a David Jeremiah! Now they have others to write their books. Well they take their sermons and turn them into books. (And I am so glad they have their books and tapes I love them)
If a preacher can honestly build a nice house, wear good clothes and drive a good car that is good for him to do that. Its another matter in any profession to not to do otherwise.
Well all that I can say about this matter.