Hi there, good mornin to you my friend, thank you for visiting my site.

For starters, here’s something interesting for you to consider… Have you ever encountered someone who uses the title of “reverend?”

Well I’ve encountered that too, and do you know what? Anyone who identifies their self as “reverend,” is actually committing a very terrible sin against God. The reason why that’s so, is because the word “reverend” is used only once in the bible, and it’s referencing God!

Look for yourself…

Psalm 111.9

He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

 

And the people who use the title of “reverend” certainly aren’t God,    (nor are we to ever “revere” any mortal human being).

Which begs the question: “So if we shouldn’t refer to religious people as “reverend,” then what about our using other religious words to address people by?”

Words like:
bishop,” “pastor,” “apostle,” “elder,” (and such)?

The fact is, we shouldn’t use any religious titles to address people by.

Those words describe functions; they aren’t titles to address people by.

Anyone who expects others to use religious titles to address them by are sinning, being full of pride.

When you hear someone say :

“I’m bishop/pastor/apostle/elder___”

Beware. You are seeing a major sin occur right before your very eyes.

You won’t find anywhere in scripture that even remotely indicates that we should use “religious titles” to address people by.
Just the opposite is true.

If a man is a pastor somewhere and he needs to communicate that information for some particular reason, he should communicate it like this:    “hi, I’m Joe.  I’m also one of the pastors over at ___.”

Do you see the deferential improvement in what’s being communicated when he doesn’t put a religious title in front of his name? his attitude is much more respectful to God & His word.

Read Matthew 23.5-12 below, and you will see Jesus Himself teaching not to use religious titles to address people by.

Look:

But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

(You can also click here to read all of Matthew chapter 23)

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And if you want even more scripture about this matter, the admonition in Job 32.21,22 reinforces & settles this whole topic perfectly and concisely for us:

Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.

22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.

That is the conclusion of the matter.

All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ! And no glory to us whatsoever!

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Here’s some additional scripture references that deal with man’s wicked pride:

Proverbs 6.16-19

16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Proverbs 20.6

Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

Proverbs 8:13 – The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Proverbs 11:2[When] pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [is] wisdom.

Proverbs 16:5Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 16:18Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 26:12 – Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 27:2Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

Proverbs 29:23A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Isaiah 14.12-15

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Jeremiah 9:23 – Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man] glory in his riches:

Malachi 4.1,2

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Romans 12:16 – [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Galatians 6:3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

Philippians 2:3[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

James 4:6 – But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

1 John 2:16 – For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.