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Matt 23:8–10

23:8–10 In forbidding the use of the titles “Rabbi” (v. 8), “father” (v. 9), and “instructors” (lit. “leaders,” v. 10), Jesus does not prohibit organization or the use of all titles in the church (cf. Acts 20:17; 1 Cor. 9:1; 1 Tim. 3:1, 2, 8, 12; Titus 1:5–7). His warning is against the temptation to accord human leaders the authority and prerogatives that belong to God alone—a temptation here exemplified by the use of pretentious forms of address.