A. W. Pink
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 ).
Second, "Be not ye called Rabbi" or "Teacher" ( Matthew
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 only."
Fourth, none of the Lord's servants in the New Testament ever employed
a title: "Paul, an apostle," but never "the apostle Paul."
Fifth, the Son of God "made Himself of no reputation" ( Philippians
2:7 ) - is it then fitting that His servants should now follow an opposite
Sixth, Christ bids us learn of Him who was "meek and lowly" ( Matthew
Seventh, one of the marks of the Apostacy 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" ( Hebrews 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 Pink."
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April - 1930
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