It's always interesting when you've been discussing a topic and then read a scripture that confirms the truth: 1 Peter 5 -
1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.
I think a lot of the "wealthy elders" are going for "the crown" that not only "fades away" but as James 5 says, " shall eat your flesh as it were fire." It appears that the "lust of the flesh" is much stronger than the fear of God for some. And again, this instruction given in the Bible is to the leadership (elders) in the church that have been given the responsibility of leading the flock (as examples).
In His Love,