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Apr 17, 2012

Should we Respect Christians who are Called by Titles like "Pastor"?

As much as I can see that many wannabe Christians puff themselves up by giving themselves titles such as "Pastor", "Prophet", "Prophetess", Reverend et al, God's plan is that we the flock respect the Elders, pastors and teachers at a *Christian* (!) church. God calls for obedience, but not for obedience to false prophets or teachers, because we are to obey God more than men. (Acts 5:29) So if there are false leaders, prophets or teachers, we should not obey. But we should not think disobedience to pastors, Elders or teachers is God's will in general. Obedience to the will of God as our authority is of very high importance. Obedience to Elders or pastors is training for that...

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17 KJV)

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time... (1 Peter 5:5-6 KJV)

Scripture clearly says that there are different jobs to do at a church...

"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;..." (Ephesians 4:11-14 KJV)

So if they are called "pastor", why would this be bad in general? (Some say Jesus did not have a title, which is wrong. He is the *CHRIST* - and Christ was not his family name but a title, or the MESSIAH - and He is KING of Kings and LORD of Lords... and more...)

Being called Pastor XYZ is nothing evil or unscriptural per se. But Scripture also says "Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 23:1 KJV)

A pastor is the person who is responsible for the flock... He will be held responsible at a higher level than the others... and teachers as well (false prophets were stoned right away in the Old Testament)...

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-9 KJV)

It is useful that people at a church know who the pastor is, so they can ask him about the correct doctrine - so the title (if given, not taken) is all right with me. Broad brushing all pastors who are using the title "Pastor" as evil because some abuse their given title is not Scriptural. We are to respect Elders, pastors and teachers at a Christian church.

All in all, there are two types of title bearers.... Keep that in mind, please...

I just wanted to shed Scriptural light on this... It is important to find out the truth about God's ideas. We may not allow our emotions on this to take over, especially if we left our church for the corrupt leaderships there. We may not do the same but get direction from  His Word explained by His Spirit.

God Bless you all! Love in Christ! :-)

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