Matthew 23:5 …they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
… they frame their theological degrees, and hang them on the wall for all to see, and love the reserved parking spots, and to have their names written on signs outside the meeting-house, and to be called of men Pastor, Pastor. But the body of Christ does not allow for clergy-laity, for Christ is the head and we are all brethren. There are true teachers and pastors, but if by vain pride or by tradition they violate this clear teaching of the Lord, then perhaps its time for them to humble themselves in sackcloth.
As we continue our family study through Matthew, it is amazing how much emphasis there is on avoiding the leaven of the pharisees. The kingdom of God, the sermon on the mount, the building up of the last days bride of Christ is in complete opposition to the roman catholic, protestant, and cult church systems of our day just as it was in opposition to the jewish religious system of the first century. Jesus said don’t be like the pharisees, meaning that even pastors who have a pure heart in these matters but follow bad traditions should still be exhorted on this.