Honor from men or from God

Posted: October 16, 2011 in ecclesia, Jesus
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I think we should continually preach this truth because there are many true elders that choose religious titles over the clear teaching of scripture.  They took to tradition without thinking twice but they do belong to the Lord.  The true man of God should eventually repent over this when confronted because God is cleansing the hearts of His saints in this last hour of time.  Of course we can’t assume that because we send a well known pastor an email speaking of this that they will ever even read it.  I sent one to a famous Godly preacher a couple years ago, very short, simple and loving stating that God had clearly set his seal of approval on his ministry so there was no need to use the unbiblical title on the website. Even as I sent it I felt that he would never even get to read it.  I’m sure it had to go through a long line of people before it could have reached him.

From http://lisascott.weebly.com/2/post/2011/10/honor-from-men-or-from-god.html

Matthew 23:5-11 New King James Version (NKJV) 5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ 8 But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Hmmm… how is this seen today?

5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments

Could this be the same as the Pastor in his Armani suit with a large choir backing him up, the Priest in his long robe with his altar boys following behind him, the Pope in his extravagant rich colored robe and fish tail hat with his cardinals serving him as though he is above everyone, or the emergent/post modernity Pastor with his foe hawk hair, hip clothes, and a rockin worship band behind him?

They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi

Could this be the same as Pastors, Popes, Priests loving to be noticed among men and recognized that they are a great leader for the church, loving to be invited to very important events, loving to be recognized by titles, plaques, and awards to make sure men see all their works and boast of all their achievements? Such men love to be called by titles instead of being known as one of the “lowly” brethren. They have an attitude that they must be recognized by all their hard and holy work they do unto the Lord. Of course, in most countries people do not use the word Rabbi. What is the term used today in America? Head Pastor, Priest, Father, Pope, Reverend. Great titles used mainly to make you known, to make you elevated above other brethren so that you are looked upon as different than other brethren; like with great importance, and to be respected and treated differently than the other brethren. Sure, there are Elders in the bible; those with the gifts of being an apostle, prophet, teacher, and evangelist. But they are gifts to be used to help mature the body, to watch and bring order/discipline, and not to lord it over and control them like the heathens (Mathew 20:25-26).

This is a warning from Jesus:

But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.

Meaning, don’t make yourself higher than others and wanting to be seen as the head of everybody. Don’t take Christ place where you desire men to depend on you for truth and not directing them to Christ who is the one that should be sought above men.

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

Humility is beautiful. May we desire it deeply and be content that God alone see’s our works.

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