Charles E Whisnant
I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008. I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969. I have four grown children. Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio
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- What gives social life a sense of stability & order?
- How does social change & development come about?
- What is the nature of the relationship between the individual and the society in which they live?
- To what extent does the society into which people are born shape their beliefs, behaviour, & life chances (including health outcomes)?
Well I was just reading this article. We heard this week that a social worker said, “They are going to have to get out of their environment and move to another place if they are going to get well.” Interesting comment.
I was reading in this article this comment:
- This theoretical perspective stresses the essential stability and cooperation within modern societies. Social events are explained by reference to the functions they perform in enabling continuity within society. Society itself is likened to a biological organism in that the whole is seen to be made up of interconnected and integrated parts; this integration is the result of a general consensus on core values and norms. Through the process of socialisation we learn these rules of society which are translated into roles. Thus, consensus is apparently achieved through the structuring of human behaviour.
- 'The state of optimum capacity of an individual for the effective performance of the roles and tasks for which s/he has been socialised.' Parsons, 1951
The question that I am ask today, why do people respond the way the do in the group they are in? Why do two people in the same family act and believe different?
How do we develop our thinking and act ON OUR BELIEF?
Reverent means “worthy to be revered, entitled to reverence.” “a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.”
- (initial capital letter) (used as a title of respect applied or prefixed to the name of a member of the clergy or a religious order):
- The Reverend (Rev.) is a style most often used as a prefix to the names of Christian clergy and ministers.
- In the 20th and 21st centuries it has been increasingly common for reverend to be used as a noun and for clergy to be referred to as being either a reverend or the reverend (I talked to the reverend about the wedding service.) or to be addressed as Reverend or, for example, Reverend Smith or the Reverend Smith. This has traditionally been considered grammatically incorrect on the basis that it is equivalent to referring to a judge as being an honorable or an adult man as being a mister.[
- As a verb: to serve as the pastor of: “He pastored the church here for a number of years.”
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pstor, shepherd; see p- in Indo-European roots.]
1. A Christian minister or priest having spiritual charge over a congregation or other group.
2. A layperson having spiritual charge over a person or group.
3. A shepherd.
tr.v. pas·tored, pas·tor·ing, pas·tors
To serve or act as pastor of.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pstor, shepherd; see p- in Indo-European roots.]
Dictionary Definition: pastor
P`ASTOR, n. L. from pasco, pastum, to feed.
1. A shepherd; one that has the care of flocks and herds.
2. A minister of the gospel who has the charge of a church and congregation, whose duty is to watch over the people of his charge, and instruct them in the sacred doctrines of the christian religion.
P`ASTORAL, a. L. pastoralis. Pertaining to shepherds; as a pastoral life; pastoral manners.
- 1. Descriptive of the life of shepherds; as a pastoral poem.
- 2. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as pastoral care or duties; a pastoral letter.
- Piety is the life and soul of pastoral fidelity.
- P`ASTORAL, n. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds, or a poem in imitation of the action of a shepherd, and in which the speakers take upon themselves the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic.
P`ASTORATE, n. The office, state or jurisdiction of a spiritual pastor.
A pastor is someone who has spiritual care over a congregation. The English word occurs only once in the Bible in Eph. 4:11, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers.” The word in Greek is poimen and literally means shepherd. Poimen occurs 18 times in the New Testament. For example,
- Matt. 9:36, “And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd.”
- Mark 14:27, "And Jesus *said to them, “You will all fall away, because it is written, ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.’
- Luke 2:8, “And in the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields, and keeping watch over their flock by night.
- John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
- Heb. 13:20, “Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord.”
Therefore, a pastor is a shepherd of God’s flock who is to instruct, teach, and protect the people under his charge. Pastors are elders (1 Tim. 5:17), and as such cannot be women as the scriptures declare in Titus 1:5-7 and 1 Tim. 2:12-13.
Here are the reasons why I reject the wearing of religious titles:
1. There is no New Testament authority for the practice.
- Though there were many gospel preachers in the first century, not one of them accepted and wore a religious title. I cannot read where Paul was ever called "Reverend Paul," Peter was ever called "Archbishop Peter," James was ever called "Pope James," Timothy was ever called "Pastor Timothy," or John was ever referred to as "The Right Reverend, Dr. John." The wearing of religious titles is a practice that arose centuries later. They were never worn with the approval of God by those in the Lord's church. Consequently, I refuse to go beyond the things which God has revealed that we should do in our worship of Him (2 Jn. 9-11; 1 Cor. 4:6; 1 Pet. 4:11; Rev. 22:18-19).
2. Wearing religious titles is expressly condemned.
The Lord Jesus forbade the practice when He said,
- But be not ye called Rabbi; for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ (Matt. 23:8-10).
- The wearing of religious titles to elevate one brother above another was soundly condemned by Jesus. The practice is contrary to the spirit of Christianity that "all ye are brethren."
- Long ago Job said, "Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away" (Job 32:21-22).
Charles e Whisnant, Expositional Teacher & Bible Preaching and attention giving to Theological Content June and July 2014
Education and sound theology.
COMMENTS MADE ABOUT Creation:
Until then you can Google how scientific theory works, It's all over the net. But until then please understand that the Big Bang Model (BBM) and the sound theory that the universe is expanding does not disprove God in any way. It actually reinforces the Creation story, if it is read in the literary sense . It proves that the universe had a beginning as the ancient writer of Genesis (Probably Moses) recorded. Also if you are basing your belief in the literal interpretation of Genesis, that God Created the universe in six solar days, that would become very problematic since He didn't Create the sun until the 4th day, and also since days mean nothing to an infinite being.
Also keep in mind that many theologians and scholars disagree with the literal interpretation of Genesis that fundamentalists have adopted. Even the Church Fathers such as Thomas Aquinas wrote that the creation story, and the first chapters of Genesis shouldn't be discerned in the literal sense. So guess what? No Talking snake either .
In the beginning God! And in the end of this world, God will still be. The age of the world is not as important as knowing God is the Creator of all things. God is God and My His Word All things are controlled. It is much easier to believe God with one word created the Universe than for Him to take 13 million years to do it. .