God does not like Men with Professional Titles in Churches

The modern church is full of men with professional titles. When you greet them in the church building, or see them around town, they are called Doctor, Pastor, Rabbi, Father, Reverend, Bishop, etc. The titles that are pinned upon these men do not come from God, but men themselves. They are used as distinctions amongst those who are considered more prominent in the church institution. They are deemed the religious authorities over the people pertaining to the matters of religion. They love to be flattered, esteemed and exalted by their ecclesiastical titles. The fact is, many would be offended if you called them by their first name without their title before it.

These men promote their ministries with books, DVD’s and other products with their titles placed upon them. Without their special titles, such as Doctor, Reverend, Bishop, etc. on the front covers, it would be unbecoming of someone who studied hard in the theological seminaries of men.

Unfortunately, these men in ordained positions of leadership have failed in their path that Christ has called all those who truly believe in him to pursue.

Are Titles a Necessity?

They do all their deeds to BE SEEN BY OTHERS. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the PLACE OF HONOR at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. But you are NOT TO BE CALLED RABBI, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. NEITHER BE CALLED INSTRUCTORS, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. – Matthew 23:5-11

Have you ever really taken to heart these words of Christ?

This will tell you who are the true followers of Christ versus the men who will not enter the Kingdom of God. They are men who seek special status among the brothers and sisters in Christ who are deluded into believing that their academic status on a piece of paper from a seminary gives them the right to have authority over God’s people.

The churches of men are in direct disobedience by dishonouring the very words of Christ.

Are titles really necessary among the ekklesia?

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. BUT IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU. – Mark 10:42-43

This verse clearly explains the state of the modern church where great ones exercise authority over the people.

There are men within churches who have become lords over the people. It is a tragic epidemic that has led and is leading many down a wide road to destruction.

There is no pecking order among the ekklesia; men are not elevated in status over others. There is only one Teacher who is Christ and we are all at the same level at his feet. Not one person can usurp the Head of the ekklesia. Although they will pridefully attempt to do what Satan has always been doing, they will ultimately fail in their idolatry.

When Christ ministered on the earth, he made himself of no reputation, but men are doing the opposite. They peacock around in their arrogance and haughtiness in the opposite spirit in their self-glorifying demeanour.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility COUNT OTHERS MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN YOURSELVES. – Philippians 2:3

I hope these verses are sinking in because there is absolutely no warrant for special priestly titles of honour. Any man who calls himself Senior Pastor has exalted himself and defied the words of Christ. We are all called to be meek and lowly.

Titles vs. Function

By perusing the New Testament, any notion of modern titles will be dispelled immediately with the evidence of Scripture, but first we will make some distinctions between the names given to the religious leaders and then the true followers of Christ.

The Ecclesiastical Titles of Eminence among the Clergy Class in the Church

  • Reverend
  • Senior Pastor
  • Bishop
  • Pope
  • Cardinal
  • Rabbi
  • Father
  • Apostle
  • Pastor
  • Doctor
  • Professor
  • Preacher

The Functional Terms of a True Follower of Jesus Christ Among the Ekklesia

  • Laborer
  • Brother
  • Fellow-Worker
  • Beloved
  • Slave
  • Fellow-Servant
  • Prisoner
  • Fellow-Soldier
  • Steward

You may ask, what about the pastor, prophet, elder, overseer, deacon, saint, etc?

Scriptural Evidence

When you read the New Testament through the lens of the Holy Spirit, the distinctions start to stand out.

It has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our BELOVED Barnabas and Paul – Acts 15:25

I commend to you our SISTER Phoebe, a SERVANT of the church at Cenchreae – Romans 16:1

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my FELLOW WORKERS in Christ Jesus – Romans 16:3

Luke the BELOVED physician greets you – Colossians 4:14

Now I urge you, BROTHERS — you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints— be subject to such as these, and to every FELLOW WORKER AND LABORER. – 1 Corinthians 16:15-16

I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and FELLOW SOLDIER – Philippians 2:25

Just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved FELLOW SERVANT. – Colossians 1:7

And we urge you, BROTHERS – 1 Thessalonians 5:14

None of the New Testament believers held any honorary tiles. They had no special title before their names, but were referred to by their personal names accompanying their function, character, or spiritual work among the ekklesia.

And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose STEPHEN, A MAN FULL OF FAITH and of the Holy Spirit – Acts 6:5

For he was a GOOD MAN, FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND OF FAITH. And a great many people were added to the Lord. – Acts 11:24

On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of PHILIP THE EVANGELIST, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. – Acts 21:8

What About the Leaders?

Honorary titles were not even given to the leaders among the early ekklesia. And as such, they did not allow themselves to be addressed in a manner that would elevate themselves among their brothers and sisters. There were no spiritual celebrities parading around with their special fan club ogling over their every move. All the leaders in the New Testament were ordinary people working together proclaiming the work of Christ. Everyone had equal approachability and access to on another. There were no VIP lounges with sacred men of the cloth inside.

The Apostles in the New Testament were described without officiality, but were expressed in their function of humility.

THE BROTHERS, both the apostles and the elders, to the brothers – Acts 15:23

To me, though I am THE VERY LEAST OF ALL THE SAINTS, this grace was given – Ephesians 3:8

And we sent TIMOTHY, our BROTHER and God’s COWORKER in the gospel of Christ = 1 Thessalonians 3:2

So I exhort the elders among you, as a FELLOW ELDER and a witness of the sufferings of Christ – 1 Peter 5:1

And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our BELOVED BROTHER PAUL also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him – 2 Peter 3:15

I, JOHN, YOUR BROTHER AND PARTNER in the tribulation and the kingdom – Revelation 1:9

Can you see what is happening in these verses?

Can you see what is happening in the modern church?

Can you see the differentiating pattern of the ekklesia?

BROTHERS, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who WALK ACCORDING TO THE EXAMPLE you have in us. – Philippians 3:17

We all should consider ourselves brothers and sisters in Christ. There is no hierarchical expressions of titles, but expressions of function. We are fellow brethren, not superiors.

In 1 Peter 5:1, in the verse above, you will notice that Peter did not use an exalted title for himself. He could have allowed himself to be called Bishop, Chief Elder or Senior Pastor before his name, but he understood the Kingdom of God. He was not seeking after a great opportunity, or a salaried career, but chose to acknowledge himself as a fellow elder because he knew his function of the gift God had given him. His gift was not a formal title, but described the task God had given him.

If you want to call yourself Pastor Joe then you must be consistent with giving everyone else a title in the church too. That means there is also a Tither Terry, Giving Gary, Charity Charlie, Board Member Mike, Greeter George, Musician Manny, etc.

Can you see the foolishness in doing this?

Who is it that you give all the glorify to?
Who is it that you give all the glorify to?

Senior Pastor, or Chief Shepherd?

Our spirituality in the Kingdom of God is not about our titles given by men to inflate our egos and make us think more highly of ourselves. This is what Satan did in his pride. God has not assigned anyone in His Kingdom who think that they have greater value and worth over another.

The self-promoters in the church system believe that they have greater authority and higher calling because they are considered experts in their field because they have earned a certificate in a seminary of man’s opinions. With a Th.D., or Ph.D., man will falsely believe that they have achieved greater status in God’s Kingdom. The fact is, they are not in His Kingdom at all, but man’s kingdom.

Every mere man’s words and opinions must be tested with God’s standard.

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, EXAMINING THE SCRIPTURES DAILY TO SEE IF THESES THINGS WERE SO. – Acts17:11

But TEST EVERYTHING; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. – Acts 5:21-22

All the apostles with the exception of Paul were not formally trained in a seminary, but they were confident in what they had learned from the Holy Spirit. By man’s standards, they would be considered uneducated an untrained because they had not attained any formal titles, or theological authority in a form of a certificate.

In contrast, the fellow brethren in Christ are not taught in the schools of men because their authority and ability comes from the Holy Spirit. Any title that is attached to any man’s name is a distraction from the pre-eminence of our King, Christ our Saviour. We are all called to be servants, which excludes any self-exaltation.

Get away from the modern pastor who is deluded and compelled to gain respect with a clerical title. Move these vain people aside who have pursued careers bilking others by making a living off the Gospel. They want the honour and recognition of men. They will get it, but these workers of iniquity will be forsaken by Christ.

I will let God's word ask some questions of you:

For am I now seeking THE APPROVAL OF MAN, or of God? Or am I trying to PLEASE MAN? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10

How can you believe, when YOU RECEIVE GLORY FROM ONE ANOTHER and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? - John 5:44

It is time to stop making titles and distinction among yourselves.

It is time to stop drawing attention to yourselves.

It is time to stop taking the glory and honour that belongs to Christ only.

The most gifted leader in the Kingdom of God is NOT the Senior Pastor.

And when the CHIEF SHEPHERD appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. – 1 Peter 5

This verse is NOT about Senior Pastor Joe in the church building who wears his man-made crown of glory.

All leaders among the ekklesia are UNDERshepherds. They are HUMBLE SERVANTS, not Lords.

There is NO SUCH THING as a Senior Pastor. The place called church that has a Senior Pastor has been undermined by the kingdom of Satan because it allows a passive spirit to come over the people.

Can You tell the Difference?

Among the ekklesia, if someone asks where the minister is, all we have to do is point to each other as we are all priests and ministers in the body of Christ that points to him, and him only. A reflection of Christ as Head of the ekklesia is a group of people serving one another and collectively seeking the Holy Spirit for guidance in all things.

The churches of men seek prestige with carnal power seeking men running them. If a pastor is salaried, he is self-seeking. If there is a title before anyones name, it is self-seeking. If the senior pastor is a super star, he is self-seeking.

What the world sees as greatness, God sees as arrogant and prideful. What God sees as power in His Kingdom are self-sacrificing servants of Christ. The world sees power at the top, but among the true ekklesia, it is at the bottom.

Are you considered common folk among the clergy?

Do you have a title before your name in the church?

A superior and pompous attitude creates division. The ekklesia are not made up of two classes of people. Every believer is priest and minister before God, not reserved to any select group. Christ is our High Priest and the ekklesia are in the Kingdom as priests with distinct ministries, but no hierarchical division.

God’s wrath is coming for the church lords, but blessing is coming to the servanthood.

God’s wrath is coming for clerical titles, but blessing to the brethren, the brothers and sisters.

Don’t be duped in believing the false terms and definitions of the clergy class. They will stunt your growth and lead you away from God’s Kingdom. Scripture in gives hard evidence that the true meaning of leader in the modern church is used out of context and a complete misrepresentation of what Christ and the apostles taught.

The ekklesia and those in the antichrist church system may use the same terms, but use them in a different nature. One uses them for freedom and the other to oppress.

Can you tell the difference?

Does your Church have a professional titled leader?

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celafoe 2 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

as you know I am in complete agreement with this scripturally correct article. It is so good to others putting it into writing also as these truths have been stolen from so many by the hirelings of the churches of men. ANother HOME RUN, brother. What a series you have going, I just pray that many will read and understand by checking the scriptures for themselves and moving out from under the bondage of the churches of men.

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freeradicalsteve 2 years ago

This hub hits the mark.

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graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

If there was anyone who ever had the right to promote His authority and wear His titles in a ministry it was Jesus Christ. He was during His ministry the following. The Son of God, King, Lord, Prophet, Master and few others. But in all His ministery HE never once referred to Himself as any of these. Although He knew. As a humble servent of His Father in heaven He did His Fathers will without imposing His authority or titles. He managed to reveal to the world the nature of the Kingdom of God without He Himself directly revealing what and who He was. The greatest and most humble man to ever walk this earth left a mark on those who would follow Him for the next 2000 plus years. And what is most amazing is He, the most humble, is the head of the true church.

Only men ( and some women) are concerned with titles in churches that they feel was earned. That through their own efforts and accomplishments they believe they have the right to wear title of authority and then use it. To be called something they believe they have earned a right to. And to invent position of clergy that are not biblical.

So, I ask each of those who wear their titles; Are you humble enough to be like Christ?

PandN- you have written another fantastic Hub which, again, I agree 100%.

God Bless you as always.

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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

" There were no spiritual celebrities parading around with their special fan club ogling over their every move." - well, so much for the Joel Osteen "ministry" and a bunch of others. Thanks for nailing it down.

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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author


After leaving the churches of men, I have never felt more freedom in Jesus Christ. My heart is that more people would seriously weigh and test what they are being fed, but also will learn to feed themselves. Too many are pursuing things that are profitable in the temporal instead of the eternal.

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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author


I'm glad it resonated with you.

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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author


What many fail to understand is that without humility you cannot enter into God's Kingdom. Those who were humble were attracted to Jesus and vice versa, but those who were proud despised Him. The modern "church" despises the true Jesus Christ because there is no humility in anything they do. It is all about profit to expand their temporal kingdoms in order to create converts to a temporal "Jesus."

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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author


On one hand you have Joel Olsteen who skirts around pure Scriptural doctrine, and on the other you have these collared guys selling their sacramental "salvation" of man's works. I'm glad we have Scripture to find the real truth for ourselves.

Neil Braithwaite 2 years ago

Great post! These hirelings who love the adoration of man often believe they will have a special place in heaven for all their "service" to the Kingdom. Sad to say but Jesus had this to say about about their kind:

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. ...Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full." Matthew 6: 1,5

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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author


Yes, those are the very words of Jesus, but men continue to ignore them.

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