This is a wonderful short piece from A. W. Pink; oh how many today could learn from this!
What strange methods God sometimes employs in teaching His children much needed lessons. This has
recently been the writer's experience. He has been approached by a “University” to accept from them a
degree of “D.D.” Asking for time to be given so that he might prayerfully seek from God, through His
written Word, a knowledge of His will, fuller light came than was expected. He had very serious doubts as
to the permissibility of one of God's servants accepting a title of (fleshly) honour. He now perceives that it is
wrong for him to receive it even complimentary. Various friends, as a mark of respect, have addressed us as
“Dr. Pink.” We now ask them to please cease from doing so. Let it not be understood that we hereby
condemn other men for what they allow. No, to their own Master they stand or fall.
The principal passages which have helped us we 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 man” (Job 32:21).
not ye called Rabbi” or “Teacher” (Matt. 23:8), which is what “Doctor” signifies.
Third , John 5:44
reproves those who “receive honour one of another,” and bids us seek “the honour that cometh from God
Fourth , none of the Lord's servants in the N.T. 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 “ (Matt. 11:29).
Seventh , one of the marks of the Apostasy is “having men's persons in admiration
because of advantage” (Jude 16).
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 us to be fitting that one who is here as a representative and witness
for a “despised and rejected” Christ should be honoured and flattered of men. Please address us as “Brother
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan