‘Doctor’ or ‘Brother’ – A.W. Pink

What strange methods God sometimes employs in teaching His Children much needed lessons! This has recently been the writer’s experience. I have been approached by a “university” to accept from them a degree of “D. D.” Asking for time to be given so that I might prayerfully seek from God, through His written word, a knowledge of His will, fuller light came than was expected.

I had very serious doubt’s as to the permissibility of one of God’s servants accepting a title of fleshly honor. I now perceive that it is wrong for me to receive it even complimentary.

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5 Responses to “‘Doctor’ or ‘Brother’ – A.W. Pink”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    ‘Doctor’ or ‘Brother’

    -A.W. Pink

    What strange methods God sometimes employs in teaching His Children much needed lessons! This has recently been the writer’s experience. I have been approached by a “university” to accept from them a degree of “D. D.” Asking for time to be given so that I might prayerfully seek from God, through His written word, a knowledge of His will, fuller light came than was expected. I had very serious doubt’s as to the permissibility of one of God’s servants accepting a title of fleshly honor. I now perceive that it is wrong for me to receive it even complimentary. Various friends, as a mark of respect, have addressed me as “Dr. Pink.” I now ask them to please CEASE from doing so. Let it not be understood that I hereby condemn other men for what they allow. No, to their own Master they stand or fall. The principal passages which have helped me I now mention, praying that it may please God to also bless them to others.

    FIRST, to the false comforters of Job, Elihu (God’s representative) said. “Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give FLATTERING TITLES unto men” (Job 32:31). SECOND, “Be NOT ye called Rabbi” or teacher” (Matthew 23:8), which is what “Doctor” signifies. THIRD, John 5:44 reproves those who “receive honor one of another” and bids us seek “the honor that cometh from God ONLY.” FOURTH, none of the Lord’s servants in the New Testament ever employed a title. “Paul, an apostle, “but never “the apostle Paul.” FIFTH, the Son of God “made Himself of no reputation” (Phil. 2:7); is it then fitting that His servants should now follow an opposite course? SIXTH, Christ bids us learn of Him who was “meek and lowly” (Matthew 11:29). SEVENTH, one of the marks of the apostasy as “having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage” (Jude 17). EIGHTH, we are bidden to go forth unto Christ outside the camp “bearing His reproach” (Heb. 13:13).

    For these reasons it does not seem to me to be fitting that one who is here as a representative and witness for a “despised and rejected” Christ should be honored and flattered of men. Please address me as “BROTHER PINK”

    From here: http://fleebabylon.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/doctor-or-brother/

    Thanks to Jim.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    The greatest honor we could give anyone, or receive, is to call, or be called, brother or sister in Christ.

    To call your brother, brother, is FAR MORE honoring than any fleshly, flattering title invented by man.

    What an amazing work of God on the Cross which made us brothers and sisters forever.

    We barely understand the true kinship we have in Christ.

    And what weird days we are living in! Some get offended if you call them brother. I’ve had men angry with me for calling them brother, when they think they should be addressed by some flattering title.

    They find “brother” dishonoring?

    How can such a person even begin to understand the Cross?

    And on the other hand, i’ve had many give me a suspicious look when i call them brother: and they hold me at arm’s length, thinking, Let’s check you out and see if you really are my brother. Suspicious minds.

    Again, very weird times we are living in. Such weird behavior from those who profess Christ.

    But also seen people touched and spurred to think when i’ve called them brother or sister.

    And i know there is a religious way that it’s done, but i mean from the heart : like when Peter called Paul : our beloved brother Paul.

    ………………………………………………………..

    And i love the way that AW Pink would not accept an honorary DD. That’s great. It shows Christian character.

    He knew that on Judgment Day such a piece of paper would have the same value as toilet paper.

    In the kingdoms of men it is highly valued. In the Kingdom of God it is worthless.

    Christendom has virtually ZERO regard for heavenly realities.

  3. Danny Doss Says:

    I disagree even to be called brother such and such. Brother can be construed a title in itself. Where in the Bible are the brethren called “brother”. They are called by an affectionate name, their given name. Do you call you wife “sister” if she is a believer, or do you use her first name as an affectionate basis?
    Many non believers call one another by the term “brother” but they are far from the same term as believers. Christ told us not to give titles what so ever. Copy not the same as the Scribes and Pharisees who desire recognition.
    My friends call me “danny” and to me this is appropriate and honorable as friends called Peter, Peter and Paul, Paul. Paul was called “brother” only a couple of times by way of recognition.

  4. ian vincent Says:

    Yes, Danny. to call someone “brother” could be construed by some to be a title, and in some groups it has become a title.

    The issue is whether it becomes a law or tradition where you have to call them “brother”.

    And this works both ways. There is no law you have to, and no law that you can’t.

    Some groups have a fear of saying “brother” (especially in the western world where the love has grown cold).

    God bless

  5. ian vincent Says:

    And if you are sincere, people know whether you mean it when you call them brother – whether you are really delighting in the fact that you are brothers, or whether it is just a figure of speech.

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