Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
I have a couple questions:
Who calls their religious leaders “father’?
Who calls their religious leaders “rabbi”?
For the first time in United States history The Pope will address Congress.
Pope Francis will be here, just days from now, and stand before our Congress (and cameras broadcasting to millions) to hear his commentary on the events of our day.
More than 1 Billion people world wide (an estimated 6% of the world’s population) look to The Pope as their spiritual leader and ultimate religious authority.
But, just to set the record straight, I DON’T.
I look to JESUS CHRIST!
The Catholic Church sets up their priests as the forgivers of sins, calling them ‘Father’ and the priests’ authority is headed by the Pope. Verse 9 states above that we (Christians) are to call no man father. There is no earthly authority that can forgive our sins; no mere man that we are to confess our sins to, and there is no need for a supreme earthly religious authority that Christians are to answer to.
The same goes for any group or denomination that sets up any man as an authority.
Rabbi means teacher or master.
Jesus is our master. According to John 14:26, The Holy Spirit is our teacher. There is no man with any title or Master’s Degree that makes them more of an authority than Jesus or His Word. We are not to answer to earthy men, we answer to God, the True Supreme Authority.
As we see in the scripture above, those who allow their followers to exalt them to such positions are in direct opposition to The Word.
It’s funny that Congress will hear what The Pope has to say… Maybe they should be more concerned with what Christ has to say.
Just something to think about…
-Steven Walker Sr.