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Paying Pastors is 'Church Welfare' Claims Christian Historian David Barton (Video)

Debunked Christian historian, David Barton, called into Glenn Beck's internet TV show yesterday to weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.

Barton claimed that the Supreme Court’s ruling will force U.S. military chaplains to “perform gay marriage against their will” and the Obama administration will tell Central American nations that the United States will “withhold all State Department funds to your country until you get gay marriage in your Constitution.”

As noted by, Barton also claimed that pastors who refuse to perform gay marriages could cause their church to lose its tax exempt status (video below).

However, yesterday, President Barack Obama said that churches would not be forced to perform same-sex marriages.

Barton's solution to this nonexistent problem was for pastors to be "bivocational," or take a second job, and not accept pay from churches, which Barton called "church welfare."

“Right now what happens is so many ministers depend on their church, and I’m sorry, I often call it 'church welfare,'" Barton said. "These are guys that get their check from the church and they don’t want to mess with their check, don’t want to jeopardize that. It’s time for more pastors to become bivocational so that nobody can tell them what to do with their money."

He added: "They own their own money. If the church money dries up, great, they are still ministers and they can still preach because they’ve got an income. So I’m really into that mold. And until we get out of the church welfare mold, the church takes care of me and I can’t afford to lose my check from the church. It’s going to be really tough to get the guys in a different direction."

However, there are several verses in the Bible that support paying pastors, including 1 Corinthians 9:14, 1 Corinthians 9:9 and 1 Timothy 5:17-18, which Barton did not mention.

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