WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

What does the Bible say about titles such as "Reverend" or "Father"?

Jesus warned against religious teachers who thought they were worthy of high esteem. He said, "…they make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at the feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the market places, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi’, but you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in Heaven. (11) But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

MATTHEW 23:5-12

The Apostle Peter would not allow himself to be exalted or worshipped. "As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshipped him. But Peter lifted him up saying, ‘Stand up; I myself am also a man.’" ACTS 10:25-26

The people in Lystra wanted to worship Paul and Barnabas but they refused to let the people worship them. They cried out, "Men, why do you do these things? We also are men with the same nature as you…" ACTS 14:9-18

If your preacher wears a title, challenge them to give you Bible authority and example for doing so (COLOSSIANS 3:17). God is the only one referred to as "Reverend" in the Bible. PSALM 111:9 says, "Holy and Reverend is His Name."

You see, God and His Word are to be exalted, not men. The title is not mine to have. The Apostle Paul said, "We have this treasure (the ministry) in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be God and not of us" II CORINTHIANS 4:7.

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