Should pastors get paid to preach the gospel? 1 Corinthians 9:14 seems to indicate that this is what Jesus commanded. What did Paul mean? If a pastor quotes 1 Corinthians 9:14 as a way to demand that the people he minister to should pay his salary, he is using 1 Corinthians 9:14 in exactly the opposite way that Paul was using it. Paul writes 1 Corinthians 9:14 in the context of explaining why he does not take money from the people he serves.