Great Sermon! The following is by Charles Spurgeon
I very much demur to the designation, "To the Reverend C. H. Spurgeon," for no 'reverence' is due to me!
Assuredly, 'Reverend' and 'sinner' make a curious combination. And as I know I am the second, I repudiate the first.
To me, it is surprising that such a flattering title should have been invented, and more amazing still, that good men should be found who are angry if this title be not duly given to them.
"It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must REVERE." Deut. 13:4
".... so that you may learn to REVERE the Lord your God always." Deut. 14:23
".... REVERE this glorious and awesome name: the Lord your God." Deut. 28:58
".... REVERE Him, all you descendants of Israel!" Psalm 22:23
"Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world REVERE Him." Psalm 33:8
".... holy and REVEREND is His name." Psalm 111:9
"I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will REVERE Him." Eccles. 3:14
"Who should not REVERE You, O King of the nations? This is Your due." Jeremiah 10:7
Matt Haney (2/14/2009)
from San Antonio, Texas
Great Sermon! Cairns (whos ministry I love) said people refer to a text that is not in the Bible that says, "Call no man reverend", but there is a very similar text that he did not address in Matthew 23:6-11, "and they [the Pharisees] love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues 7and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. 8But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. 9And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. 11The greatest among you shall be your servant."
Dr. Alan Cairns served for 25 years as pastor of Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC, before retiring and being named Pastor Emeritus in 2007. Prior to coming to the United States, he pastored Free Presbyterian churches in Dunmurry and Ballymoney, in Co. Antrim, Northern...