Identifying the Pastoral Heresy. Now that we have a basic understanding of the “greatest” problem, we know that the roots of The Pastoral Hersey find sustenance in our evil human nature, which produces arguments, divisions, and problems in the Body of Christ. Today, The Pastoral Heresy abounds in the vast majority of churches. The titles that believers use to exalt themselves underline their claims to be foremost in that assembly of believers. Jesus had sharp words for such titles and the people who used them.
How To Spot the Pastoral Heresy
1. Do you call someone at your church “Pastor Someone” or “Dr. Someone”?
2. Does someone at your church accept the title of “Senior Pastor”?
3. Do you call someone at your church “Reverend”?
4. Do you have a “Head Elder” at your church?
5. Do you call someone “Pope” at your church?
6. Do you call someone “Teacher” at your church?
7. Do you call someone “Deacon Someone” at your church?
8. Do you call someone “Father Someone” at your church?
9. Do you call someone “Bishop Someone” at your church?
10. Do you call some “Apostle Someone” or “Prophet Someone” at your church?
All of those titles such as “Pastor,” “Senior Pastor,” “Reverend,” “Head Elder,” etc. were forbidden by Jesus. Let us take a look at why Jesus prohibited the use of titles within the Church and the evil results promoted by using such titles in the Church. And we all know that the term “church” in the New Testament means a group of people saved by grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who gave Himself a ransom for all. Of course, if the people in your “church” do not have personal faith that they have received salvation as a free gift, you may not be attending a “church” in any biblical sense of the term.