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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32
"WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF TITLES AMONG BELIEVERS?"
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Bishop (n.)-a person who supervises a number of local churches or a diocese. [Old English biscop, from Late Latin epīscopus, from Greek episkopos, from epi- + skopos watcher]
Presbyter (n.)-an elder of a congregation. [from Late Latin, from Greek presbuteros an older man, from presbus old man]
A base desire of humanity is to feel needed....important....even a sense of power. It causes us to hold onto titles given by man with immense strength of will and to always seek for a higher level. Often this desire does not lead us to strive to live up to the titles given due to a simple lack of understanding what they mean. For example, what is the origin of the term bishop and what does it denote, what requirements does it demand, where did the position begin, what need does it fulfill? What about deacons.....presbyters.... pastors....apostles....
Each spiritual position of responsibility is not an elevation but a demotion into service and sacrifice for those new and growing in the faith until they are strong enough to stand on their own as rocks for the next generation of believers and thus fulfill those same roles once fulfilled for them. Spiritual titles or names were not given to denote power but roles or positions so those in need would know who and where to turn to in order to fulfill the void needed. We must ask every day are we and those around us the epitome of what the title means and does it have the right to be cherished so dearly if it is failing to be lived up to in its entirety....