Is it proper to use the term... Reverend?

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  1. canadyjd

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    Is it proper to call a pastor "reverend"?

    Is there any scriptural support to refer to a pastor as "reverend"?

    Isn't reverence something that should only be given to God?

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    No scriptural support. It's traditional more than anything. Personally, I don't like it because of the negative vibes the title brings with it now days thanks to the myriad of so called rev's running around out there. Just call me "Scott" thank-you. I'll let my actions speak as to my position in the church.
     
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    I tend to agree. First name, "pastor", or "brother" works for me.

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    You are absolutely correct!
     
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    I know some people in more mainline denoms that prefer "reverend."

    I tell people to call me by my first name or, if they must, pastor. I don't like being called "doctor" either. If someone needs medical attention, well, I'm not going to be helpful.
     
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    This reminds me of when Jesus said"call no man Father" yet you see them do this in spite of scripture today. Jesus was not referring to bio dads BTW, but seems to be a serious principal we should consider.
     
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    I don't like reverend or doctor either. To me these titles put an artifical barrier between the people and the Pastor. I also do not like the terms clergy or man of the cloth.

    Most call me Pastor, Pastor Greg, or Brother Greg.
     
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    :laugh:What does the "Rev" in "RevGKG" stand for? :smilewinkgrin:

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    I prefer "the most right reverend."



    :D :D

    Seriously...I prefer my first name, that's all. If someone really wants to do the title thing, then "Brother" will work.
     
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    Or, the "mostly right reverend."

    Or, the "reverend mostly right."
     
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    I call my pastor by his first name except during a church related function when I call him pastor. I do not like the term reverend.

    But even worse....

    There is some group (I am not even sure who they are) where the preacher is called "Apostle." I'd love to run into one of those folks so I could ask them when they met Jesus in the flesh.
     
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    That was in younger years when I knew no better!:tonofbricks:
     
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    Way to much is made out of the use of the word Reverend. There is no scriptural support that Says only God is to be reverenced. Such ideologies are a result of a lack of understanding of the definition of that word and often times rebellious to God given authority.

    Reverence is speaking of respect and even the wife is commanded to reverence her husband. In this day and age it is a rather antiquated term but then of course a much larger portion of the population no longer sees that it is necessary to respect authority.

    As far as using it in a username it is only another way of saying Pastor and holds no specific intent outside of that. It seems only people who struggle with fear of church authority are the ones who complain.
     
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    I have never struggled with the fear of church authority and I never call anyone reverend, most right reverend, or whatever!:smilewinkgrin: Unless it is in their name on this forum!:BangHead:
     
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    There are two "Reverends" that wind up in the news often, and because of the reputation of these two, I don't want to be associated with them, so please don't call me reverend! Pastor is fine with me. Preacher works. One member calls me Padre. Most my age or older than me just call me Gary, those younger Pastor Gary.

    Just as log as they don't call me late for the chicken-n-dumplins, it doesn't really matter.
     
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    My family never calls me reverend. :thumbsup:
     
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    I tend to agree with Rev Michell.

    Maybe I am old fashion - but I still show respect for others. Even former teachers I have had and other senior adults, I will address by Mr. or Mrs. (of course, I never call someone MS -)

    I think something we have lost over the years is giving proper respect to those who deserve it.

    And by the way, the term pastor is found only once in the Bible - Jer 17.16
     
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    MS = Multiple Sclerosis. Ms. is a different matter.

    To give honor where honor is due is biblical. But to give titles which should only be given to God is a different matter.

    What?! Isn't Ephesians 4:11 in your Bible?

    So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
     

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