United Methodists have conferences, bishops, general ministries, universities, colleges, and schools to support. Episcopalians have dioceses, bishops, general ministries, universities, colleges, and schools to support. So do Lutherans.
I guess Protestant preachers squeez out ever penny they can in manditory tithing and offerings so they can build so many churches, take their wives out to dinner, buy clothes for the family, pay for school and food for the family…
I don’t squeeze anyone. I simply say to folks that where they find their treasures, they’ll find out where their heart is. I encourage a tithe, just because I think it’s the least we can do. All that we have is from God; we are at best trustees. What we give to God, and what we’re willing to sacrifice, is in my opinion a spiritual matter, and not just an option or matter of opinion or comfort.
go on vacations with the family to Disney World, go to conferences in Vegas or Rehma with the wife, etc…
I’ve never been able to afford to take my family to Disney World, much less Vegas (I have no need to go to Vegas).
Oh yea, don’t forget they get tax deductions or pay no taxes! (In the US anyway!)
I pay federal taxes, I have to pay all of my social security/self-employment tax (clergy are considered self-employed per IRS ruling, even those who belong to a connectional church, and it is illegal for a church to pay social security on an ordained person). I also have to pay self-employment tax on the fair rental value on the parsonage. The only way a member of the clergy is immune from taxes is either by being a member of a religious order or by registering as a conscientious objector.
I live comfortably. I don’t take my wife and family out to eat that often. Malachi’s quote seems awfully prejudiced and caustic. It’s no wonder there is so much animosity between Catholics and Protestants - we pick out half-truths and untruths and see them as truths.