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Use Bible names in Bible ways

We need to be very careful that we learn to use Bible words in the way that the Bible uses them, and not just use them in the way that we’ve heard others in the religious world use them.

Some claim to be “apostles” today, but the qualifications required accompanying the Lord during His ministry and witnessing His resurrection (Acts 1:21-22). Some claim that one cannot be a “saint” until canonized after death, but the word “saint” is used 60 times in the New Testament to refer to living followers of Christ. Some today wear the title of “Father,” when Jesus said, “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven” (Matt. 23:9), and the same could be said of calling someone (other than God) “Reverend” (Psa. 111:9). Some today wear the title of “Pastor,” but Scripture reserves that word not as a title but as a descriptive of the work of the qualified (1 Tim. 3:1-7) elders (plural) in the church (1 Pet. 5:1-2).

We must respect and carefully follow God’s Word, rather than man’s traditions!