First, I feel the need for a disclaimer. I do not want to attack all of the preachers and teachers in this world. However, I feel this must be said, because Scripture says, in Matthew 23:10 (NIV), “Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ.”
This verse, as all verses in Scripture, should be obeyed, but it is not. We try to justify why it is right to call others, and sometimes ourselves, teachers, but if Scripture says not to, then should we try to find a way around what it plainly says? Or should we try to understand why God said it?
I will not beat around the bush and make anyone wait for the answer. When we claim, or permit any one to call us a teacher, we take some of God’s glory.
If you want to test anything in order to determine if it is right or wrong, then apply the two Royal laws to it and what God desires will become clear.
The second Royal Law is ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’ and if we put ourselves in God’s place, in order to view our actions as He does, it is possible to understand why we should not view ourselves as teachers.
Our Father has accomplished everything “good” that has been done, from creating the universe and everything in it (That includes us), to devising and working the plan that is the only way that we might be saved. If and when we come to our senses and ask Jesus to save us, God sends the Holy Spirit to teach us. Everyone that is baptized receives the Holy Spirit.
(1 Cor 2:16 NIV) “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor 2:12 NIV) We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
Now, consider how you think God feels when a mere man claims to be a teacher! One might claim to be a “practice teacher”, such as found in some universities, but to claim, or let others claim that you are a teacher takes the honor and praise from God and places it on the one that claims to teach.
In defense of those who want to do the will of God, it seems to me that preachers have become victims of the system.
I know that there are many that grit their teeth and read my posts, that permit others to call them teacher, and that are trying to do what God wants and believe that they are doing it. It would help if they spent a little more time studying Scripture; which would lead to a little less teaching it.
This error (calling someone a teacher) may seem small to the one who teaches, but it is an error that has greatly contributed to a “lukewarm church”.
Because our (man’s) desire to help God in His work, we have created a whole system where money must be served: despite the fact that Scripture says that we cannot serve, both God and money.
Everyone in the church of this day thinks that we should hire someone to preach the word. When someone is hired, they must work for money and Scripture states that “You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Luke 16:13)
Of course we know that a teacher must have a diploma that states one is qualified to do so and that leads to universities that must serve money in order to serve God.
Then the church must have a place to meet, a building, and the bigger the better, which demands money to build, and more to maintain and we are trapped into serving both money and God!
The standard answer from those who are in charge is “God will provide” and if that is your answer then I would ask you if you know that the Tithe was not given to the Levites every year? And if you know this, then why do you not teach it? And if you do not know this, why do you not? By not teaching about the Tithe, are you attempting to serve both God and money?
If you are a teacher and think that the church is right then consider Acts 8: 18-24.
(Acts 8:18 NIV) When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”
You can neither buy, nor sell the ability to lay hands on any one that they might receive the Holy Spirit. Simon’s desire was right, but the fact that he believed money could buy the ability ruined his chances of accomplishing his longing.
I am no Apostle and I haven’t been asked, but I am praying for the church anyway.
If you think that I am speaking on my own then consider what God thinks of those who teach for a price. (Micah 3:11&12 NIV) Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us.” Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.
Also consider those that came before us and that understood God’s Word (2Co 2:17 NIV) Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.