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Q: I would like to ask why so many pastors and preachers like to use the term “Reverend” before their name.

Does that mean they have more or better access to God?

Asked by: George, Florida

A: Well George, the answer to your question is no. The fact that I’m a reverend does not give me any more access to God.

Sometimes people think that way, but as you know, in Protestantism, it’s important for us to exalt the biblical teaching that we are all priests before God. No one has any special merit in God’s sight. We all come to God through Jesus Christ and what He did for us.

But the term “reverend” applies to some of us because we are set apart for full-time ministry. So in one sense, it’s society’s way of recognizing that we do have a special calling. Now, having said that, I need to tell you that I prefer simply being called Pastor Lutzer. I’ve never called myself Reverend, I never expected other people to call me that. If they do, it’s fine. But at the end of the day, I think one of the most beautiful sounds is that word “Pastor.”

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