If I run an article on pastoral salaries that shows what any reasonable person would believe to be excessive compensation, I get a bunch of emails that say the same thing.
“If his board is fine with it, you should be too”.
I will get the same response when I question other actions of a (usually well known) pastor.
If it’s good with “the board” it’s good.
The “board” is now the true arbiter of ethics and standards in American corporate Christianity, not the Bible.
Never mind that in independent churches the “board’ is comprised of people hand picked by the pastor, for the pastor.
Never mind that the “board” is often mutual friends in the pastorate who approve exorbitant salaries for each other and will rubber stamp each others “visions” to insure that theirs will be rubber stamped as well.
Never mind that in many independent groups the board exists as a barrier between the pastor and accountability for his actions.
Never mind that you never get invited to the board meetings or even see a copy of the minutes.
Never mind that the Bible knows nothing of this type of governance.
All those emails?