He distributed tracts in the army working with the American Bible Society. When the army chaplain died, they asked him to take the place of the chaplain. John Vassar wasn’t ordained, and the government law does not allow anybody to be a chaplain who hasn’t been appointed. He came up to Poughkeepsie where they began to examine him for ordination. One fellow with cinders all over his back, said, “Mr. Vassar, is your current duty to distribute tracts and has your salary been three hundred dollars a year?
“Yes, sir,” Vassar answered.
Do you wish to be ordained?”
“Yes, sir.” Vassar answered, adding, “Does that mean an increase of salary?”
“Yes, sir, fifteen hundred dollars a year.” Said the man with the cinders. “I am sure the increase in salary has attracted you and brought you here for us to ordain.”
Vassar said, “Stop right there! I don’t want it; I won’t take it if you give it to me”. He went back to distributing tracts for three hundred dollars a year, to do something for Jesus Christ. He was a wonder that could not be motivated by money. God did marvelous things through him. (from Billy Sunday)
But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 NLT