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Only God Is To Be Exalted

January 18, 2017


Jesus, when He was talking about teachers of the law and Pharisees had this to say:

“… they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi’.  But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi’, for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.  And do not call anyone on earth ‘father’, for you have one Father, and He is in heaven.  Nor are you to be called ‘teacher’, for you have one Teacher, the Christ.  The greatest among you will be your servant.  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”  Matthew 23: 6-12

Jesus made it abundantly clear in this passage that He does not like or approve of people being called by the titles of Rabbi, father, or teacher.  I am also certain that this goes for the title of Pastor also.  Jesus does not want us to elevate some people in the church over and above others.  No, Jesus says we are ALL brothers.  All titles in the church are counter productive to the cross.

It is also clear that Jesus does not want any of us brothers to exalted.  In the church there should not be special seats or parking places for anyone.  In fact no one should be viewed as special or exalted over and above other believers.  Because Jesus is saying that we should all be equal sibling brothers and peers in the true church.

The calling of every follower of Jesus is to be a servant to all.  No one in the Body should have a special position or job that places them in some separate elevated place over other believers.  No one should EVER be exalted except God Himself.

The concept of us all being servants, siblings and peers under ONLY Christ is easy to see and understand through scripture.  Jesus makes this point extremely clear.  If this is true then why do the vast majority of modern “churches” have exalted leaders called Pastors?  Have you ever asked yourself a question like that?  Something is wrong, very wrong, in the modern “church”.   So we all need to ask ourselves the question…….Do we want to do things man’s way, or God’s way?  God’s way says we are all Priests and Ministers that serve the church and reach out to those who have yet to know Him.  In the true church EVERYONE is a leader who shares when the Spirit leads them.   The whole Body is supposed to work together in concert so that God is exalted.  In the false “church” most things are a one “MAN” show.  I don’t think it can be any clearer than that.  True humility does not seek a platform or pulpit.  It seeks to serve from within the Body, not from above it.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !

P.s.  To be clear, “Brother” is a generic word used in scripture to identify both females and males who follow Christ and are part of His Body.






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  1. Sue heumann permalink

    Jesus knows the best way for,things to work. In this matter and all others. Trying times for us on this earth oftentimes…..need to keep this in forefront so do not fret. And if we’re working in this way in our lives we will have our brothers and sisters right there w us helping us through…no ‘pastor’ needed.

    • That’s right Sue, we need the entire Body to work and not just the pastoral parts. Christ’s Body is like an orchestra and every instrument needs to be heard and appreciated.

  2. tom ball permalink

    Does scripture not state God calls some to be pastors, teachers, etc… and that not all should aspire to be pastors? What are we to make of these definitive statements?

    • Tom Ball, I would say the words of Jesus Himself are more important than other verses in the bible. However, pastors (small p thank you) teachers etc. are giftings to be used within the Body of Christ and NOT exalted titles or positions to be held. The Body needs those giftings to be used in their proper place among all the other giftings represented. To me the definitive statements are from Jesus when He said NOT to call people by special names and titles and that we in the Body are all brothers meaning equal sibling peers. I do not deny those gifts, to do so would be denying who I am in Christ, however I also will not exalt those gifts to a place God never intended like most all “churches” do these days. Am I making sense Tom?

    • "BK" permalink

      Hi, Tom. I do have a bit of a different view than most of the general religious teaching on those verses. Eph 4:11 where people get the term ‘five fold ministry’, when taken in context, is definitive not of title or position, but of the varied ways the giftings of the Spirit manifest through ALL the members of the body. When it says in the next few verses they are for the ‘equipping of the saints’ I don’t see them as positions that equip the body of Christ, but they ARE the equipping given to get a needed job done at a given time (when a pastoral/shepherding gift is needed a member of the body is equipped with that gift, etc). In I Corinthians 12 where Paul says varied gifts are ‘set in the body’ he goes on to say ‘but I show you a more excellent way than apostles, prophets, etc…..the way of the Spirit moving through a vessel in love. And towards the end of 13 he says when all the parts come together the ‘in part’ fades away. That’s because when the members are flowing with the Spirit at any given time all the ‘parts’ come together to make a ‘whole’……the ‘perfect’ (completeness) comes.
      Hoping this makes at least a little bit of sense. I always appreciate your comments so much, “BK”

  3. Judy Baker permalink

    Jesus was the greatest teacher ever on the earth. He taught the truth. He was with his father from the beginning. Proverbs 8:22. Col 1:15,16. Who could be better as they were so alike. Jesus is our role model, our Savior, and our Teacher. He loves mankind so much, he gave his life for us. His teachings are so loving and so wise. I hope to meet him one day. He is so wonderful. I love him .

  4. daryl permalink

    I really liked “BK”s comment,and hope it will encourage others to look into Ephesians 4 and ask themselves “what is really being taught here?”. I think an honest reading with the help of the Holy Spirit,will bring one to the conclusion that what is commonly taught in most local churches is messed up,a manipulation of the text.People are made to feel as though they “need” a pastor or teacher/leader to build them up or edify them(and certainly ANY brother or sister can help build us up),but it is not about laity being under clergy,obligated to follow and support them in order to grow up. I was also reminded of Paul’s words to the elders at Ephesus in acts 20…”now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified”vs.32.

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