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Too Many "Doctors" (?) or (!)

Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges & Seminaries' started by Rhetorician, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Rhetorician

    Rhetorician Active Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Too many doctors?

    This was posted on another thread. I thought it might generate some thought here. I understand that the admin folk might want to move it? And that is OK.

    [​IMG] Too Many "Doctors"?
    A pamphlet from Arthur Pink. Thoughts?

    What strange methods God sometimes employs in teaching His Children much needed lessons! This has recently been the writer's experience. I have been approached by a "university" to accept from them a degree of "D. D." Asking for time to be given so that I might prayerfully seek from God, through His written word, a knowledge of His will, fuller light came than was expected. I had very serious doubt's as to the permissibility of one of God's servants accepting a title of fleshly honor. I now perceive that it is wrong for me to receive it even complimentary. Various friends, as a mark of respect, have addressed me as "Dr. Pink." I now ask them to please CEASE from doing so. Let it not be understood that I hereby condemn other men for what they allow. No, to their own Master they stand or fall. The principal passages which have helped me I now mention, praying that it may please God to also bless them to others.
    FIRST, to the false comforters of Job, Elihu (God's representative) said. "Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give FLATTERING TITLES unto men" (Job 32:31). SECOND, "Be NOT ye called Rabbi" or teacher" (Matthew 23:8), which is what "Doctor" signifies. THIRD, John 5:44 reproves those who "receive honor one of another" and bids us seek "the honor that cometh from God ONLY." FOURTH, none of the Lord's servants in the New Testament ever employed a title. "Paul, an apostle, "but never "the apostle Paul." FIFTH, the Son of God "made Himself of no reputation" (Phil. 2:7); is it then fitting that His servants should now follow an opposite course? SIXTH, Christ bids us learn of Him who was "meek and lowly" (Matthew 11:29). SEVENTH, one of the marks of the apostasy as "having men's persons in admiration because of advantage" (Jude 17). EIGHTH, we are bidden to go forth unto Christ outside the camp "bearing His reproach" (Heb. 13:13).
    For these reasons it does not seem to me to be fitting that one who is here as a representative and witness for a "despised and rejected" Christ should be honored and flattered of men. Please address me as "BROTHER PINK"

    Thoughts? It really does go to the heart of many questions and answers that have come up over a period of time.

    What think ye?

    "That is all!"
  2. Rippon

    Rippon Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2005
    I agree with Mr.Pink's view.I know it runs counter to that of many these days.If anyone"deserved" an honorary designation before his name,Charles Spurgeon did.I doubt he was approached about being given that 'honor'. Did the practice start in the early 20's or so?)He would have declined the title.You know he rejected the title Rev.It just took him a while to evaluate,and then dismiss the notion.You can still see it in his early Met.Pulpit Sermons.
  3. Havensdad

    Havensdad New Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Technically Mr. Pink did not specify honorary degrees; the passages he referred to and the way he described it, would apply to those who earned a degree as well.

    My opinion: Honorary degrees are fine for those who have put in the time, and work, to which they could have earned a normal degree. However, as someone else stated, they should give them a legitimate degree.

    Honorary degrees are NOT o.k, for people who just did something "nice". Brother bob should not get an honorary degree for donating 2 million dollars to the "new childrens library" etc.

    It is fine to earn a doctorate.


    No Christian should ever insist on being called "Doctor so and so"...
  4. PilgrimPastor

    PilgrimPastor Member

    Dec 29, 2007
    I would echo these sentiments. Also, what of the question of practicality. When living in an academically credentialed inflated environment is not necessary by many, especially those seeking to teach at the Bible College or Seminary, to have earned the "needed" degrees?

    I am reminded of what a friend with much experience in academia told me once, "When everybody is somebody (Ph.D. etc.) then nobody is anybody."