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Religious Titles

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Religious Titles
Three Underlying Principles
Specific Titles That Jesus Forbade
Words That Are Sometimes Abused and Misused As Religious Titles
Titles Not Found In The Bible
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The practice of distinguishing men by religious titles is wide spread in our world.  We see and hear many people addressed today as Reverend, Pastor, Preacher, Father, etc.  

Is this right, wrong, or a matter of indifference to us?

Wearing religious titles is not new to our age; Jesus dealt with this matter while He was on earth. He specifically forbade some religious titles and set forth the principles that condemned these and other religious titles.

Our purpose in this lesson is to observe the teaching Jesus did on this subject and to look at the meaning of various Bible words that are sometimes abused and misapplied as religious titles.

Matthew 23:1-12

1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,   2  Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3  All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5  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. (KJV)


What Must I Do To Be Saved?

No question is more important than this. We make many important decisions in life regarding matters such as education, marriage, and occupation. But none is as transcending as that which affects our soul's eternity (Matt. 16:26).


"Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?"

Luke 9:23-25