“If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?” 1 Corinthians 9:11
In 1 Corinthians 6:12 Paul says
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
In 1 Corinthians 10:23 he also says, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”
It may be perfectly legal, and in the bible no scripture or verse there to deny your will or to get in your way however it doesn’t mean you must go ahead and do it.
If you go ahead with anything, first ask yourself; does it edify? Is it in favour of the faith, or helpful? If not, Paul then says, “I will not be brought under the power of any.”
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:7-8
You can do anything you want to if Christ has not said no, but some of these things may not be good for you.
I don’t think smoking is good for you but there is no verse for or against smoking. Even though I know it kills so, “I will not be brought under the power of any.”
There is no law that forbids me from eating and drinking. Even if allowed, and it’s politically correct, I will not be brought under the power of any.
Servants of God have every right to all that we oppose them for; concerning their support, money, power and you name it. For “If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?” 1 Corinthians 9:11
But Paul says, “…Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 9:12
Power, money, sex and fame
The purpose of preaching the gospel is not power, money, sex or to be famous. I don’t think he died that you should exploit or fleece His church either. But all this running around is so that we ourselves should obtain the incorruptible crown, and not to be thrown out.
“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” 1 Corinthians 9:27
What is my reward then? 1 Corinthians 9:18
These days people always ask, what’s in there for me? That’s what they do, even our gospel musicians, preachers and all those that support God’s work alike.
But Paul says, “…I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.” (1 Corinthians 9:19) And here is how he’s done it; “Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.”
What an example, he would rather die of hunger than lose the satisfaction that he had preached to you without charge. “Yet I have never asked you for one penny. And I am not writing this to hint that I would like to start now. ” 1 Corinthians 9:15
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.