Wednesday, February 20, 2008

To respect

In his Minister's Manual, a prominent Texas Baptist wrote, "The title 'Reverend' is the official title for an ordained minister. It comes from the old English word meaning 'to revere'. It literally means 'worthy of respect'."

I believe one who labors in the word and doctrine is 'worthy of respect', or 'double honor' as Paul put it. But on what planet and by whose authority is "Reverend" the "official title for an ordained minister"? Not on this planet nor in all the scripture that is inspired by God.

1 comment:

clinch64 said...

While reading the papers, I run across from time to time the title of , "The Very Reverend" for some ministers of a certain denomination. This would almost seem embarassing to be referred to as.