"TO HIS HOLY HIGHNESS the WORSHIPFUL BISHOP REV. Dr. APOSTLE GRAND POOBAH" -extracts by J. Lee Grady. Jesus just wasnt into titles. We shouldnt be either. I am often asked if I have a title, and my answer doesnt satisfy some people. I travel a lot, so I dont consider myself a pastor. All kinds of labels have been pinned on me: Reverend, prophet, apostle even bishop. Once I was introduced to a church as Dr. Grady and I almost crawled under my seat. I only have a college degree. There are no letters after my name. I tell people: You can call me Lee. Or if you want to sound formal, you can say, Brother Grady. Today it seems weve developed a title fetish. For a while everyone in charismatic circles was becoming a bishop (and some were installed into this office with rings, robes and funny-looking hats). Then the same guys with the pointy hats started calling themselves apostles. Then the prophets got jealous and started calling themselves apostles too! I knew one lady who, not to be outdone, required people to call her Exalted Prophetess. Now the latest fad is requiring church folks to address certain people as apostles. (As in, When Apostle Holy Moly arrives, please only address him as, Apostle, and then make sure he is seated in a private room while his two adjutants, wearing dark glasses, guard his door.) Theyve even invented an elaborate theology to go along with this ridiculous rule. It suggests that you cant receive the true anointing from a man of God if you dont honor him with the right title. Sounds so very ooo-ooh spiritual to the naive. But its garbage. Jesus didnt play this religious game, especially when he was around the Grand Poobahs of His daythe long-robed scribes and Pharisees. After accusing them of loving the best seats in the synagogues, He pointed out that they loved to be called Rabbi by men (see Matt. 23:7). Then He warned them: But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted (v. 8-12, NASB). People have quibbled over these words for centuries, insisting that ecclesiastical titles are not the problem; pride is what Jesus was rebuking. I would agree that Jesus was going to the root sin. But He was also asking these title-crazy guys if theyd be willing to ditch their labels and act like normal people. When I was in China several years ago, I met some amazing leaders who had planted thousands of congregations. They had also spent a lot of time in jail for their faith, and theyd been beaten with iron rods for preaching the gospel. They were the bravest apostles Ive ever met. But when I asked them if they used apostle as a title, one guy said: We believe in those roles in the church. But we prefer to call each other brother or sister. That settled it for me. A few years later I met Iftakhar, a Pakistani apostle who has oversight of 900 churches. He also has two scars on his arm from gunshots fired by Muslim extremists who have put a price on his head. When I asked him how I should address him, he smiled and said, Iftakhar. If these two giants of the faithand true apostlesdont require to be addressed with titles, then Your Worshipful Grand Master Rev. Dr. Bishop Jones (who claims oversight of maybe four churches) shouldnt wear his ministry role around his neck like a tacky neon name badge. If people cant see the anointing on your life through your character, then dont cheapen the gospel by wearing a title you dont deserve... Jesus is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Son of David, the Prince of Peace and the Apostle of our Confession. Yet when He came into this world He laid aside His heavenly glory and took on the lowly name of Jesus. He wore no fancy robes. He demanded no titles. He did not come to be ministered to, but to minister. If we want to serve Him honorably, we must forsake our need for fame and cast our crowns at His feet. -Please comment on this article at the following website- http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/ -Original Source- http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/fire-in-my-bones -J. Lee Grady is the former editor of Charisma.