‘Doctor’ or ‘Brother’

Posted: July 27, 2011 in christian living, ecclesia, Jesus
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‘Doctor’ or ‘Brother’

-A.W. Pink

What strange methods God sometimes employs in teaching His Children much needed lessons! This has recently been the writer’s experience. I have been approached by a “university” to accept from them a degree of “D. D.” Asking for time to be given so that I might prayerfully seek from God, through His written word, a knowledge of His will, fuller light came than was expected. I had very serious doubt’s as to the permissibility of one of God’s servants accepting a title of fleshly honor. I now perceive that it is wrong for me to receive it even complimentary. Various friends, as a mark of respect, have addressed me as “Dr. Pink.” I now ask them to please CEASE from doing so. Let it not be understood that I hereby condemn other men for what they allow. No, to their own Master they stand or fall. The principal passages which have helped me I now mention, praying that it may please God to also bless them to others.

FIRST, to the false comforters of Job, Elihu (God’s representative) said. “Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give FLATTERING TITLES unto men” (Job 32:31). SECOND, “Be NOT ye called Rabbi” or teacher” (Matthew 23:8), which is what “Doctor” signifies. THIRD, John 5:44 reproves those who “receive honor one of another” and bids us seek “the honor that cometh from God ONLY.” FOURTH, none of the Lord’s servants in the New Testament ever employed a title. “Paul, an apostle, “but never “the apostle Paul.” FIFTH, the Son of God “made Himself of no reputation” (Phil. 2:7); is it then fitting that His servants should now follow an opposite course? SIXTH, Christ bids us learn of Him who was “meek and lowly” (Matthew 11:29). SEVENTH, one of the marks of the apostasy as “having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage” (Jude 17). EIGHTH, we are bidden to go forth unto Christ outside the camp “bearing His reproach” (Heb. 13:13).

For these reasons it does not seem to me to be fitting that one who is here as a representative and witness for a “despised and rejected” Christ should be honored and flattered of men. Please address me as “BROTHER PINK”

  1. ian vincent says:

    Good post!

    The greatest honor we could give anyone, or receive, is to call, or be called, brother or sister in Christ.

    What an amazing work of God on the Cross which made us brothers and sisters forever.

    We barely understand the true kinship we have in Christ.

    And what weird days we are living in! Some get offended if you call them brother. I’ve had men angry with me for calling them brother, when they think they should be addressed by some flattering title.

    And on the other hand, i’ve had many give me a suspicious look when i call them brother: and they hold me at arm’s length, thinking, Let’s check you out and see if you really are my brother. Suspicious minds.

    But also seen people touched and spurred to think when i’ve called them brother or sister.

    And i know there is a religious way that it’s done, but i mean from the heart : like when Peter called Paul : our dear brother Paul.

  2. ian vincent says:

    And i love the way that AW Pink would not accept an honorary DD. That’s great. It shows Christian character.

    He knew that on Judgment Day such a piece of paper would have the same value as toilet paper.

    In the kingdoms of men it is highly valued. In the Kingdom of God it is worthless.

    Christendom has virtually ZERO regard for heavenly realities.

  3. I have seen a pastor announce to his church that a visiting speaker is a Prophet of God, and then the prophet announces in turn that the pastor is an apostle, thus building credentials and authority (how ever much false) for each of the men. Beware of the John 5:44 types!

    Ken Uptegrove

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