Honorific Titles in the Church
The relation of Honorific Titles
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with respect to
1 cor 12, Romans 12, 1 Cor 14:26-31, Eph.
The writer is indebted to MANY brothers and sisters who have nurtured, persevered, and fathered him in the faith. Where there may be nuggets of truth in this article, it is second hand, received through many "channels of blessing" and our heavely source--the MASTER TEACHER, from whom we receive any and every thing of value (1 Cor 4:7, Eccles. 1:9, James 1:17)
As a general axiom, before engaging in the study of any doctrine, one must first settle in his or her heart and mind the purpose for engaging in study. The student must ask himself or herself, is the purpose of his or her engagement with the study of doctrine curiosity or application. God does not honor curiosity.
Yet another general axiom for post reformation churches that claim commitment to the Scriptures is the assumption that the precidents for the working out of the faith exist and are found in scripture--as Martin Luther would say "sola scriptura." If they are embedded elsewhere, we run the risk of the excesses of the Roman Catholic church or the excesses of Judaism in its embrace of the Talmud and the writings of renown rabbis.
Keeping these axioms in mind may we delve into the subject of honorific titles in the church.
At first brush, one may regard prefixes such as "Reverend", "Pastor," "Elder," “Deacon,” as simply endearing benign words as "dad" or "abba" for Sheep of God's flock to employ as they behold Shepherds in God's flock and indeed often this may be the manner in which these terms may be employed. However, it is also true that these prefixes embed the potential of
assuming the status of honorific titles which the unperfected individual on embracing may
begin to cherish for the honor it illicits from fellow humans (Luke 17:7-10).
Our Lord knew that the potential for this existed, for “he knew what was
in man” (John 2:25), so he gave us a COMMAND in Matthew 23:8-10 (please read it). Matthew 23:3-8 was not merely a suggested best practice, or a friendly piece of advice. The One who was as gentle as a Lamb, was also capable of issuing a command--"But be not ye called,...and call no man..., neither be ye called..." are not requests but pointed commands that stem from the wisdom of God's Son.
Oten the one "who comes in with a title” winds up if you will eliciting in the extreme a reverence only due to God, resulting in ostentatious displays not found in the followers and disciples of JESUS in Inter-Testament times and New Testament times of the Bible. There is no evidence in the Inter-Testament times of Jesus, nor the New Testament times of the Spirit following Pentecost where the followers wore ornamented garments, or sat in special seats, or took titles per se that proclaimed their high calling--ABSOLUTELY NONE. They just lived their calling as despised "fools for Christ." (1 Corinthians 4:10-12).
The risk and the fallout associated with titling persons with honorific titles in a local church setting this writer believes has resulted in incalculable damage within the local church. While some may argue that there are "pros" to titling, we must consider the "cons" even if these be considered apart from the fact that it is a practice in plain negation of our Lord's express command of Matthew 23:3-8. The fallout is as follows:
The titled being reverentially addressed by way of a reverential title often results in a tacit "dishonoring" of the untitled in the church body (1 Corinthians 12:22-25). As a result a mechanical relenquishing of time to the titled results robbing if you will time necessary for the exercising and the building of the callings and giftings of others in the body. This is in this writer's opinion one of the paramount risks of titling. Titling risks squelching and quenching the gifts and callings of the untitled in the body.
As an example of this effect consider Ephesians 4:11,12:
11 And HE GAVE some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
We must ask ourselves what happened to the other three gifts of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists in the church, and will their loss result in stunted growth assuming they were necessary to bring the body to maturity? We must ask ourselves have the five fold gifts presumably present in five different individuals been surrendered to the one who holds the honorable title of pastor? If this is what we see all around us we must ask where lies the precident for such an operation--does it lie in Scripture or does it lie in our traditions? Herein lies the risk of honorifically embelishing one gift over another.
12 FOR the perfecting of the saints, FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY , for the edifying of the body of Christ:
For all intents and purposes these scriptures in the church of our day reads as follows:
11 And HE gave PASTORS;
12 FOR the perfecting of the saints, FOR THE WORK OF Ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ.
This study asks
the question were there titles ascribed to persons who could be described as
"pillars", "elders", "deacons" and "bishops". Else, were these callings and
giftings ratified whether by ordination or otherwise without the deployment of
In other words the rhetorical questions presented in this paper attempt to point out
the following: Timothy displayed the giftings of an elder and was ordained an elder
so as to fulfill his gifts and calling in freedom, but Timothy was never addressed
as Elder Timothy in the scripture. Ordained or unordained individiuals in the body
were never titled as, Prophet Joe, Pastor Jack, Evangelist Jim, Apostle Paul, Deacon Stephen and so on. The addressing if any were culturally accepted terms of respect offered all men, as
endearing words such as brother Paul, uncle Peter, aunt Priscilla. None of these
prefixes had the ostentatious underpining that surrounded a high level of spirituality or honor such as "Rabbi," "Master," or "Guide." (Matt 23.8)
We must ask ourselves are we operating against the express
instruction of Jesus in Matt. 23:8-10. Have we embraced the traditions of
our fathers, while relinquishing Jesus's command? Is this an error that has arisen from a hankering from within the human heart for self honor for indeed this "sought of thing" has been present all through the church age other than the church of Inter-Testament and New Testament times. Is this a desire from the human heart to want to be seated on the right and left hand
of JESUS in the local church. When one considers in Mark 10:33-45 that it is
soon after Jesus announces his betrayal so as to be condemened to death, his
very apostles James and John ask him:
"Grant that we may sit on your right hand and the other on your
left hand in thy glory" (Mark 10:37)
considers the words of the Mother of Zebedee, "worshiping Him and desiring a
certain thing from HIM." says:
"Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand,
and the other on the left, in thy kingdom." (Matt
Is it safe to presume that this tendency is entirely absent in a local church.
Whether the reaction were justified else not justified on the part of the other ten, this is what we are told:
"...when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation
against the two brethren" (Matt 20.20-24)
There is an awful tragedy that titling has contributed--the gifts and callings of the untitled in the body have often been ignored. Shepherds have remained shepherds
and sheep have remained sheep, the great divide being maintained by a wall of
distinction that titles have erected. As a result 1 Corinthians 12:22-25, 1
Corinthians 14.26-31, Ephesians 4:16 has never been thought so as to boldly
procliam their expository import. Unfortunately, it is my opinion that church leaders will be held
accountable for this.
I am in touch with several of my brethren in India
that have as a prefix to their names the honorific title of Reverend. I
have in love broached this subject with them as a matter that embodies grave and
very serious error. I am happy to say that one brother preciously and mightily
used of our LORD is in the process of droping his title from all his official
Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 14:26-31 that when the early church came together for worship:
"...when ye come together, EVERY ONE, of you hath a psalm, hath a
doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an
"ye may ALL prophesy one by one, that all may
learn, and all may be comforted."
Is this the case with our
churches today or has "EVERY ONE" now been reduced to "honorable PASTOR JOHN
DOE," The result being each Sunday the body hears the Pastor's favorite Psalm,
the Pastor's carefully thought out homily, and analogies and metaphors brought forth from the
Pastor's unique domestic experience. One may ask, where is the body? In modern day Christianity the man "that bares the badge" of Reverend or Pastor holds the key to the kingdom in the local
church mores so than Jesus our Lord through the instrument of God the Holy Spirit who wills to work "through Every Joint."(Eph. 4:15,16)
This study asks the question, do honorific
titles absent in the whole of the Bible block the flow of the Holy Spirit. Has a
misunderstanding regarding Body Life confounded the thinking of Christians thus
resulting in the errecting of a “middle wall of partition” called
Judged in the extreme, JESUS may have suggested that the
titles we confer on ourselves (Matt. 23:8-10) had the potential of rendering a
Mattew 23:13 perplexity.
"But woe unto you, scribes and Parisees, hypocrites! for ye shut
up the kingdom of heaven against men.....neither suffer ye them that are going
in to go in." (Matt 23:13)"
It seems to this reader that
God has endowed his children in the church with giftings and callings and roles
for the perfecting of the saints BUT HE NEVER ENDOWED THEM with TITLES. You
don’t see it in the entire Bible, neither in the old testament or the knew
testament. The trailblazers of the kingdom never deviated from this practice.
Paul was Paul, Stephen was Stephen, Philip was Philip, Timothy was Timothy,
Titus was Titus, Peter was Peter, James was James, John of Pathmos was John,
Jeremiah was Jeremiah, Iasaih was Iasaih, Moses was Moses. The only authentic
title to be noticed is JESUS being addressed as LORD (Christ) (Matt. 23:8-10).
So if the scriptures do not address the persons above as Apostle Paul,
Bishop Titus, Bishop Timothy, Pastor Timothy, Rabbi Apollos, Deacon Philip,
Deacon Titus, Reverend John, Right Reverend James, and the Very Right Reverened
Peter, why do we do so today?
This writer asks the question do we in
titling give honor to whom honor is due in a manner prescribed in the
scriptures? Or, is this manner of honoring indicitive of a misunderstanding of
what "honoring" in scripture wills us to do. This study asks the question, has
it resulted in permanently undermining the teaching given to us in 1 Corinthians
14:26-31 and Ephesians 4:11-16. It asks the question have we calcified our
methods so that "the Unity of the Faith" (Eph. 4:13) is never arrived at. It
asks the question have we calcified our methods so that "every joint"
NEVER supplies(Eph. 4:15,16).
As the church moves from Organism to
Organization the admonition of Matt. 23:8-10 is often droped for various reasons.
Titles are introduced so as to establish a mechanical hierarchial system of
order. And once the new order is set, it serves as a precident that conveniently
ignores the plain reading of the scriputres. The converse is also true, that as
the church moves from Organization to Organism the titles are dropped and we
embrace as a brotherhood.
To the objections that some may surface in
which it is suggested that titles have been instituted for a good reason i.e. It
helps -- "Doing things decently and in order" (1 Cor 14:40). The writer has the
There has always been a a need to do things "decently and in
order," but this manner of categorically titling thereby distinguishing
brethren from brethren is fortunately absent in the Bible. It is one
thing to give honor to whom honor is due (Romans 13,7) appropriately,
it is another thing to do the same in a manner expressly forbidden by our
LORD(Matt. 23:8-10). It is one thing to obey those who have rule over you
“considering their conversation" (Heb 13.7,13). But it is another thing to
title these persons for we have only one MASTER i.e. JESUS. (Matt. 23:8-10). There
are many in the annuls of church history that joined the ministry for the
honor of men. It is known, that George Mueller was sent to seminary because
being a minister was regarded as an honorable and lucrative profession in his
day, and not because it meant suffering for the gospel as portrayed in the
Bible ( 1 Cor 4:11-13)
In general, the "Pharasical Spirit" as described in Matt 6:1-6 and Matt 23 is not distant from the heart of
most all men and must be viciously resisted if we are to walk in the Spirit. To
seek the honor of men is a fairly natural tendency. I know it, because I
experience it and indulge it as well. Jesus too knew this was the tendency even
in the unperfected redeemed. He knew that the motives of men could not be
entirely relied on. In consequence it is said that he did not receive the honor
of men. (Matt 5:41,44, 1 John 2:16). Not only do Shepherds err by ascribing to
themselves honorific titles, but so do Sheep either from ignorance of the
existance or plain disregard of the express command of the Chief Shepherd (Matt
23:8-10) Sheep often title Shepherds while addressing them thinking they are doing
"the humble and proper thing." But we must ask ourselves, can we be doing the
humble thing in error." i.e. "Can we be doing the humble thing while at the same
time be doing the wrong thing?”
It appears to this writer, that there is a direct connection between the Cost of Discipleship and Honorific Titles in the church. Historically we are told that most all the apostles of our LORD died as martyrs. They embraced "the Way" knowing that they may be martyred for the faith. Foxe's book of martyrs suggests that they died as martyrs because they lived as martyrs. They lived as:
Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. (1 Cor 4:11-13)
For these early shepherds, pastors, teachers, evangelists, prophets, apostles, shepherding meant the imminent possibility of homelessness and death. None of these individuals in conformity to Matthew 23:8-10 added a honorific title to their name, although they served even unto death while playing out the roles their callings and giftings called for. Indeed there were Bishops, and there were Overseers, and Elders, and Shepherds, and Pastors, but rather they regarded themselves as unprofitable servants. Tradition tells us that probably all of the apostles died a martyrs death. Tradition tells us that Peter had no 21st century Pope's burial, but at his crucifixion simply said that he was not worthy to be hung vertically as HIS Savior, and that it was more fitting that he be crucified upside down. John in the natural languished in the prison of Pathmos. No where in scripture do we see these individuals taking on an honorific title. Peter refers to Paul as "our beloved brother Paul...hath written," (2 Pet 3:15) and not as "Bishop or Overseer or Minister or Pastor Paul...hath written." These were constantly aware that they were not worthy of their calling, but were unprofitable servants and debtors to grace (Luke 17:10). At the height of his calling this is what Paul always had before Him:
...the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)
...that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief (1 Tim 1:15)(
Ever conscious of the debt he owed to His Savior, it is reasonalbe to summize that Paul and Peter and the martyrs probably "CHRINGED" when people addressed them honorifically, even as they were ever conscious of their late Savior's words in Matthew 23:8-10.
So the question arises how did honorific titling come to infiltrate and embelish the once persecuted church?
Here again books could be written on the subject. But in general it appears as though that once Christianity became "main stream" consolidated by Constantine declaring it as a state religion, there was far less of a "COST OF DISCIPLESHIP" and far less of a cost to being a servant of the LORD. A new and horrible day dawned on the church. No longer was it necessary to suffer for Christ as the early Christians did as described in Hebrews 11.37--They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword. Costly Discipleship made way for Easy Discipleship. No longer did "a good soldier of Jesus Christ" (2 Tim 2:3) run the risk of imminent death, no longer would he risk being regarded as a "fool for Christ" (1 Cor 4:10), so long as he pontificated from his pulpit and not from the street corner. These concerns were lifted as the church forsook its militant life style and became an honored institution. Though not all, many with less than a "dying attitude" toward the proclaimation of the gospel could now enter into the service of the Master endowed with an Honorific Title. Instead of being despised, these persons could now be assured of the "best seats" both in and out of the "house of God." (Luke 11:43).
We have a parallel to such a phenomena in the secular world today. Today, there are many though not all, who enter into the profession of Social Work simply because to them it is a relatively easy profession to enter into. They embrace it as a career--a 9 am to 5 pm job done for pay. "Social Worker" is no longer a sacrificial endevor pursued by hearts deeply burdened for the plight of the needy. Rather, it is a title earned at the end of academic training and certification, endowing persons with such a title to engage in "social work" with the license to oversee and preside over ones in the community who have no honorific title but the heart, the will, and the burden that only Gods sees in secret and that often out weighs theirs by leaps and bounds.
The Honorifically Titled
Statistical failure and Expediency
While, my primary reason for writing this paper is to demonstrate that “titling” people in
the body of Chirst with honorific titles has the potential to undermine the
expository understanding of body life as presented in 1 Cor 4:26-31, Eph
4:11-16, 1 Cor 12, and Romans 12, there exists a secondary reason
that we may do well to consider. While statistics may be exaggerated for they are often put out by
agencies that have a vested interest in potraying horror for they promise
healing for cash ($s), even if such potrayal were 50% true it would be prudent
for church leaders to not take Honorific Titles and merely consider
themselves as Brothers amongst Brethren (Matt. 23:8-10, 1 Sam 5:22). Adjusting for
observer bias thus dropping the claimed figures by half (only validating 50%
accuracy), statistics would have us believe that with regard to this secondary
reason, ministers who prefix their names with a an honorific title as “Pastor,”
“Senior Pastor,” “Reverand,” “Bishop,” etc, I quote:
||[20%] “of persons who go with the honorific title of
‘Pastor’, have brought pain to the whole body at one time or the
If persons clearly endowed
with gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4:11, Romans 12, Corinthians 12, simply
considered themselves as Brothers amongst Brethren as Matt 23.8
recommends, albeit with wonderful God given gifts to serve the body and the
world in the calling bestowed upon them, (1 Cor 12:28, Eph 4:11), is it possible
that much of this pain may be easier to entreat and easier to heal from FOR BOTH
THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FOR THE CHURCH BODY AS A WHOLE. The reason
behind such thinking lies in the fact that titling a person as in, First Baptist
Church, Pastor/Bishop John Doe, has the effect of making John Doe the
public face for the entire body, and should he fall momentarily from grace, the
whole church body by virtue of this “limelighted individual” experiences a
catastrophic jolt. However if the church regarded such a brother as one to be
doubly honored amongst many Brethren (Matt 23.8) without “halo-ing” so as to
cast such a brother pointedly and exclusively into the limelight by virtue of an
honorific title, then it makes it easier to isolate if necessary for a period of
time this honored brother for “healing” while other brethren in whom similar
gifts ought to be inculcated may ”pick up the ball and run.”
honorifically titled Pastor John Doe fall from grace, the whole church is
jolted into shock, and may or may not fully recover. If John Doe merely
considered himself as a brother amongst brothers and blessed the body “by
using his pastoring gifts” without prefixing the word pastor to his name, he may
easily be isolated or isolate himself for “healing” when deemed necessary,
without it being experienced as a “collapsing of the entire deck of card.” The
reaction is less severe for this gifted brother and his family, and the church
does not have to say “we felt betrayed by OUR PASTOR who was having an affair,
while ministering” (2 Pet 2.1,2).
Pastors should just pastor without titling themselves, or permitting others to title them. It is not what you say you are that is important it is
what you do that is significant. And, if you are observed doing well in your
gift of pastoring, evangelizing, teaching, prophesying, apostleship etc.the congregation and/or the elders may even open the door wider by way of ORDINATION for you to do what you do best. However, if this brother takes on, or is ascribed an honorific title for the things that he does best,
apart from the fact that it may lead to pride (Matt 23.8), he may be led to
believe that his honorific title earns him the right to single mindedly decide
what is best for the church and may inadvertently close the doors on the
giftings and callings of others else not open the doors for other peoples
gifting to see the light of day. What results is a quenching of the gifts of
others for which leaders will be accountable. It may also result in "pastor
burnout" as he attempts to do it all. Pastor John Doe becomes practically
speaking the head, the tail, the nose, the eyes, the ears of the church, while
the rest sit in pews, with their, noses, eyes, ears and hands cut off. These are
some of the imminent risks of titling people who have gifts in the church. You
never hear of a Pastor Titus in the New testament, however Titus pastored! Apollos was understood to have been a good teaher--which by the way has nothing to do with rhetoric (1 Cor. 1:17, 1 Cor. 2:1-5, 2 Cor 10:10)--but he was not addressed as Teacher Apollos! (Matt 23.8). In the context of Apollos and slightly tangential to the purpose of this discourse, the question of claiming a single pastor as your own is what I believe Paul is probably discouraging, when he asks the question "Is Christ divided?" (1 Corinthians 1:12,13).
These are the statistics from a poll taken by a ministry that
attempts to help persons to whose name was appended the honorable title of
pastor, as in Pastor John Doe.
||-- Fifteen hundred pastors in America leave the
ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention
in their churches.
-- Fifty percent of pastors’ marriages will end
-- Eighty percent of pastors and eighty-four percent
of • their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as
-- Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they
would eave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a
-- Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates
who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five
-- Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression.
-- Almost forty percent polled said they have had an extra-marital
affair since beginning their ministry.
Even if these statistics were
only half true, one may ask have we reaped the consequences of neglecting
our LORD's simple command of Matthew 23:8-10.
There are indeed in the body
of Christ, persons whose "conversation" we consider with honor and double honor,
and even have gates opened wide to them by way of ORDINATION to freely exercise
their gifts. And it means this and only this. i.e. a door has been officially
opened wide for this excellent brother to use his gifting, but that door does
not permit this excellent brother to LORD IT OVER OTHER PEOPLES GIFTINGS (1 Pet
5:3). On the contrary it means you are to use your giftings to bring to life,
other peoples giftings for the work of the ministry. i.e. Replicate your own
gifting and leadership skills in others. Elders, pastors, teachers, evangelists
etc. MISUSE their gifts when they engage in “PULPIT HUGGING” and not in “PULPIT
SHARING” -- “Don’t tell me that in your 10,000 man church you cannot find one
person who cannot preach and teach as well as love our LORD as you.” And what of
Paul's admonition: "in honor prefering one another (Romans 12:10). The role of
elders is not to endlessly Shepherd Sheep . Their role rather is to Shepherd
Sheep into becoming Shepherds (Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Cor 14:26-31).
Whatever be the gifting and the calling, these callings are meant to be
understood by members of the body in the hearts and minds of the individuals
comprising the body by way of heart recognition but not by way of deploying
honorific titles (Heb 13:7, 17)
It is reasonable to assume, that
generally speaking people are more or less similar, the capability to err lying
in each one of us. Pharisiasm can stream from any ones heart (Jer 17:9, 1 Cor
10:12). This being the case why does the church provide its leaders with an
“occasion for sin.” (1 Tim. 5:14), by ascribing to humans honorific titles
contrary to Jesus’s express command (Matt. 23:8-10)
At the risk "tooting my own horn," (2
Cor 12:1a, 11a) permit me as Paul to present the following to state why the
statical declarations above rings a bell with me:
||-- I have street preached and I have preached via a
pulpit. Following this, I Studied in a seminary as a full-time resident
student in India for 2 years Following this, I Studied in a seminary as a
full-time resident student in the US for 4 years. Obtained a Bachelors in
Theology, following a Masters in Pastoral Counseling.
As an aside, these degrees in
my opion may have little bearing on the idea of “Study to be approved” as
suggested in 2 Tim 2:15 which was written at a time when neither seminaries nor
the New Testament writings existed. What matters is our life expression.
Notwithstanding with all the above qualifications, oven the last 43 years that I have been a Christian, I have failed so often and so severly to my shame, that I am grateful that I had no honorific title such as Pastor, Reverend, etc. attached to my name.
Many of my friends who started off with me and with whom I have close contact
maintain honorific titles before their names. I have pointed out to them they
stand in disobedience of Matthew 23:8-10. But in so many words their response is
“the system demands it”.
“When a pastor falls sexually, his church
responds like a wife betrayed by her husband, experts say.” Joe Maxwell
"All trust has been broken," says former Bethel University professor
Nils Friberg, a psychologist "This person held a position that led members into
the highest spiritual places and now those sacred spaces have been sullied." --
The pertinent question one may ask this writer is how do
we keep "Order" in a church without bestowing Honorific Titles. (1 Cor
The response is a simple one. We study the scriptures and
ascertain how the early church governed while honoring our LORD’s command “But
be not ye called Rabbi; for One is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are
brethren” (Matt 23.8).
The apostles actually heard our Lord issue this
command and followed through. In the light of this truth We might ask ourselves
by what authority do we ignore our Lord's command. (1 Samuel 5:22)
did the Apostles strive to maintain order without honorific titles we may ask?
how did Timothy and Titus do so? Different situations may call for spontaneous
ways of bringing order managed by a recognition of giftings and callings and
recognition of offices bestowed by ordination. Congregational participation may
need to be sought. etc. etc. Yet all this without ascribing TITLES to elders
called to bringing th body to maturity (Acts 15.6,22, Matt 18:15-20, James
A friend of mine in regard to this discussion of how order in
the church may be affected without the use of titles said:
"Our understanding of what we need to do will greatly be enhanced
by our willingness to obey."
The problem today maybe
there is so much metaphorically speaking "REAL ESTATE" used in the proclomation
of the simplicity of the gospel that we are stuck with unbiblical methods to
render governance. These practices have historically existed since the passing of
Our Lord and his early disiples from this earthly plane.
Thanks for reading.
Please Note: This is one persons research. Allbeit, it is witnessed to
by a number of likeminded believing friends and disciples around the world. The
writer sincerely acknowledges that he may well be seeing dimly and narrowly, and
there may be something that he has written that may well be wrong and plain
erroneous. Readers of this site therefore are strongly advised to search the
scriptures and validate, negate, else modify for themselves the statements made
by this blogger. Beloved brothers and sisters, please examine the scriptures
as the Bereans of Acts 17.11 did and thereby stand fast on the foundation of
GOD's Holy Word.