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Do you think it's okay for Pastor's to not want to be called pastor?
The answer is simple by reading Matthew 23:1-12. A pastor is not an elevated religious title, but a function of the true Church.
None of the epistles in the NT greet or address a pastor. That means that none of the letters admonishing any of the Churches never adressed a pastor anywhere in their writings. Additionally, Jesus Christ never addresses any pastor in the seven Churches in Revelation. Hmmm...
Romans 1:1 or Phillippians 1:1 did not start a letter with an elevated title of a man, just their given name.
The assembly of the brethren is for the edification of the Body, not a specatator sport with all eyes on a pulpit peacock.
Ephesions 4:11 Somehow their should be a balance between unnatural attention to ones office and feeling guilty or inadequate of our calling in a leadership gift.
My line of thinking was like yours carla rae. That verse came to me.
I have been called pastor. But it has never stuck. That makes me happy. Eric is a wonderful name and I like it. Preacher has stuck. I kind of like that. the world is filled with people who do not want to be preached at. So that title is not so much a glorified one. And since I teach our English speakers and youth they call me teacher.
So I think it is just fine and dandy to not want to be called a certain name. My mom did not want my children calling her grandma. But she was. And some folks are pastors.
I've had some people tell me we should always address the pastor as Pastor Lastname or Pastor Firstname as a sign of respect. Still other people have told me that if a pastor tells people not to use the word as a title that pastor is wrong for doing so yet they don't give a reason for saying that. I think it's acceptable if the pastor simple wants to be called either Mr Lastname or people can call him by his given name. The coolest and most doctrinally sound pastor I ever knew wanted everyone (even the kids) to call him Doc - his nickname from the time he was a kid.
Those who say it is not a "title" are correct. When addressing a pastor by his title, it would be correct to say "Reverend (Last Name)" if his ministry degree is a Masters or "Doctor (Last Name)" if he holds a Doctorate.
the correct term for a real CHristian minister (there is no such thing as a pastor- pastor is what scriptural ministers do) isbrother . There is no need for all the worldly tiles and etc in True ministry as they are to be servants to all
I would think it best to address him however he prefers you do so. I mentioned in a comment that Pastor is not an official title as far as how one is addressed (simply a job title). It's an oft used expression of respectful salutation, but many preferred to simply be addressed by their names, and I don't see anything wrong with that.
depends on whether being scripturally correct is important to you.
There is only ONE scriptureally correct title, Brother, or sister (which is a female brother). All others are titles taken by men , of men and to make men feel important. Paul the greatest apostle, NEVER called himself apostle paul, he always said, Paul, an apostle of Christ or Paul, called to be an apostle of CHrist, He knew who he was and that Christ must be pre-eminant contrary to the modern day pastors who usurp the authority of Christ on a daily basis.
The names given in Corinthians and Ephesians are ministry functions of men and are not titles.
So yes it is a good thing that a man does not want to be called by a fale title, as long as he does not act like those that claim the false titles
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