Don’t allow anyone to call you pastor or reverend

But do not you be called Rabbi, for One is your Leader, the Christ, and you are all brothers. And call no one your father on earth, for One is your Father, the One in Heaven. Neither be called leaders, for One is your Leader, the Christ. But the greater of you shall be your servant. And whoever will exalt himself shall be humbled, and whoever will humble himself shall be exalted. Matt. 23:8-12

What if a Pastor reads this and says, OK, OK, then don’t call me Rabbi or Leader or Father or Master or Teacher, just call me Pastor or Reverend!

I think Jesus would take that as ridicule – making a joke of what He commanded.

Also in vs. 12, self exaltation is mentioned within the context of the use of titles, meaning that the use of titles is self exaltation, and that’s one reason Jesus forbids it.

And many would say, Self exaltation, what’s wrong with that?

8 Responses to “Don’t allow anyone to call you pastor or reverend”

  1. Mickey Merrie Says:

    Thats why the names lead pastor, senior pastor, and teaching pastor are so bizzarre!
    Kind of like the snow we are having here…last year i golfed in shorts on this date. Today I moved a foot of the white stuff from my drive way!

  2. ian vincent Says:

    It is one of the things the Reformation failed to reform, it still has the smell of Babylon on it.

  3. ian vincent Says:

    Possible reactions to this truth:

    a) Repentance

    b) Nervous laughter

    c) It is legalism (Jesus was legalistic)

    d) It doesn’t matter (Jesus is a fool)

    e) Our church doesn’t believe that (we are greater than Jesus)

    etc.

  4. Mickey Merrie Says:

    We see the same things Ian! Thanks be to our Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit who comforts!

  5. ian vincent Says:

    Glad you dropped by!

  6. Mark and Vicki Finger Says:

    Either we believe all of the word of God [or none of it].

    When someone easily throws off the word of God and makes certain passages not apply to them: it shows their arrogance and rebellion against God.

    Now, let’s inculcate [seed] that into an entire ‘cult’ure of Christianity [form of godliness but denying the power]. What do we have? Denominational Christianity.

    We can have true fellowship with God: but it comes with a donkey and a cross [humility]. This is the way of Christ …

  7. ian vincent Says:

    Yeah bro. Anyway, our Lord said that the words He has spoken will judge us at the last day. I just try to explain that to people, that these same words of Jesus will testify against them on Judgment Day.

    And there’s much more, there’s the collateral damage and a much greater ongoing net effect of damage when anyone ignores anything the Lord said – it spirals.

    Anyway, we are at a point in history, the great falling away, when many professing Christians find many of Jesus words TABOO – you can’t go there, it’s taboo, off-limits.

    A person either gathers with Jesus or they scatter to the wind.

  8. ian vincent Says:

    Just on the TABOO thing: this is where “reduction-ism” becomes convenient, cos if a Christian finds certain teachings of the Lord Jesus difficult to accept he can excuse himself by doing reduction-ism – making all-encompassing sweeping statements and summaries, but as a technique, a loophole to avoid dealing with the specifics.

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