Eddie, don't you realize that if your average pew sitter were to study to show himself approved that all they're going to end up doing is becoming increasingly aware of doctrine? We all know that doctrine divides. Sure, it divides the sheep from the goats but it is still a division non the less.
Even in their day the Bereans were a minority, "Now these Jews were better disposed and more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they were entirely ready and accepted and welcomed the message [concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God] with inclination of mind and eagerness, searching and examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so (Amplified Acts 17:11).Sheep would rather leave that up to shepherds which is why they have to "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (I Tim 2:15). Means that they are very much prey to wolves in sheep's clothing as we have seem with the tolerance of Po Mo and it's predecessors of Liberals and cults!
Does that mean he would be OK with paying the pastor like he pays a surgeon?