Several versions of sun god worship were being followed by
different foreign people. In the early stages of this new religion,
Simon and his successors adopted some concepts from several of
these different nationalities, thus helping to merge them together
into one that he called Christianity. Rather than observing the
seventh-day command given by God, this new false church
incorporated Sunday worship.
The priests of pagan religions loved to receive preeminence
and adoration from others, and they loved to exercise religious
and political control over the lives of the general population.
Large numbers of people were attracted to such ceremony and
pomp. People were drawn to the glitter of the wealth that was
displayed in buildings, ceremonies and the attire of the priests.
This new church followed these same practices, while the true
Church of God did not!
God’s prophets and ministers were to be shown respect for the
position God had given them, but there was never the show of
preeminence, grandiose, glittering ceremonies, or even the
carrying of religious titles. The prophets and ministers of God’s
true Church were to serve in humility of spirit never accepting
adoration of any form. However, this new false church disobeyed
the word of Jesus Christ and took upon itself religious titles as it
willingly received the adoration of the populace.
These are some of the very things that Jesus Christ
condemned in the teachers of Judaism. God’s representatives
were not to be like them:But all their works [Jewish religious teachers] that they
do is to be seen of men. They make their phylacteries
broad [this referenced apparel worn to signify their
eagerness, above other people, to be reminded of the
law of God, and their desire for people to see them as
being more righteous than others], and enlarge the
borders of their garments [an effort to make their
garments appear different from others—to look
religious]. They love the uppermost rooms at feasts
[their motivation was to be seen by others as
important], and the chief seats in the synagogues [they
thirsted for power and authority over others]. They seek
special greetings in the markets, and to be called of
men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But don’t you be called Rabbi [as a
religious title] for one is your Master [religious title],
even Christ and all of you are brothers. Do not call any
man your Father on the earth [as a religious title], for
one is your Father who is in heaven. Neither are you to
be called Masters, for one is your Master, even Christ.
He that is greatest among you shall be your servant
[God’s prophets and ministers are not to be served, but
to serve others]. Whoever shall exalt himself shall be
abased, and he that shall humble himself shall be
exalted. (Matthew 23:5-12)
The counterfeit Christianity adopted the practice of the false
priests of the pagan religions and that of the teachers of Judaism.
They did not adopt the religious title of Rabbi since that was fully
Jewish in origin. Instead, they eventually incorporated titles of
Father, Reverend and Pastor. The chief title of this new religion
belonged to the one who was considered to have preeminence
over all others, and that title was Pope [the Father of all Fathers].
God’s servants do not use religious titles that belong to God.
They do, however, have job descriptions that identify their
specific service to God. Some are apostles, prophets, evangelists,
pastors, elders, etc., but these descriptions are never to be used as
a religious title or personal greeting (address or acknowledgment
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