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An Independent Baptist Preacher\’s Musings and Observations

Dr. Doomaflatchie

Posted by Pastor Szekely on August 21, 2007

Okay…I’ll ask it: Why are there “Preacher Doctors”?

I can respect a man for spending 6-8 years or more in college, and for even spending thousands of dollars for education…I’m not against education ~ I are educated too! But why would a preacher even want to be called “Doctor”?

When a man is acknowledged as “Doctor”, that’s an acknowledgment that he has received the highest degree an institution of learning can give. But does it really need to be acknowledged? Must his signature read, “Dave Doomaflatchie, PhD, LitD, DMin, etc, etc, etc.” And must he be addressed as “Dr. Doomaflatchie”? Isn’t Preacher, Pastor, or Pastor Doomaflatchie showing respect and honor enough??? Will a “Doctor” be a better preacher and pastor [rhetorical question], and if so, shouldn’t every man strive for that title? Do we Baptists need this for the respect of the world, to have accredited colleges [to turn out more “doctors” and honorary docs], to sell more [25-page] “books”, etc?

Please excuse my good-natured ribbing, but I’d really like to know what you think on this…I’m not a doctor of anything…do I need to be…and if I as a pastor don’t, why would any pastor need it?

12 Responses to “Dr. Doomaflatchie”

  1. Hello Brother,
    An old preacher said that these education credentials (PhD, LitD, etc.) are like the little cute curl on a pigs tale ……. it don’t make no more ham!

  2. Bro. Szekely said

    G’day Bro. D!

    Oh…that’s a great comment!!! And how true! Thanks for sounding in, my brother ~ Lord bless!

    [For those reading this, I strongly recommend you checking out Bro. Davenport’s church website: It’s truly amazing what God has done in the last couple of years ~ and is doing ~ with His servant in the city of Spencer and Clay County, IA. Keep on keepin’ on, Bro. D ~ I’m praying for you!]

  3. I despise titles – such as Doctor or Reverend. Neither are Biblical, and they seem just an attempt to elevate themselves, to give their positions/persons more authority in the eyes of others. The fact that someone is a pastor, if they are truly a man of God teaching the Word of God, is an indication of spiritual maturity – they don’t need to take on airs and have some kind of title too. And if they aren’t true men of God, then taking a title on too is like that curl on a pig’s tail mentioned above (good illustration!).

  4. Bro. Szekely said

    AMEN and AMEN, Bro. Jerry! That’s a great way to put it. Thanks for commenting ~ Lord bless!

  5. Samer Adra said

    Sometimes I like when people have “Doctor” in front of their names, because if I’m unsure of their salvation (e.g., a few of the big IFB cult leaders), I can refer to them as “Dr. H.” or “Dr. R.” instead of “Bro. H.” or “Bro. R.”

  6. Bro. Szekely said

    Oh…that’s good my brother!!!

  7. The only time he should wear his degrees on his sleeve is when he writes a book to validate his credibility. Even in that, it’s not really necessary except for those who wouldn’t read it otherwise. Most “Dr.’s” in Fundamentalism did not earn the degree scholastically…it was given to them a favor from the college to whom they are most loyal. This degree is really just a control tactic from the college to keep a loyal constituency.

  8. Bro. Szekely said


    Thanks for your comments!

  9. Jude3KJB said

    AMEN! I heard a preacher say one time he had a B.A. (Born Again!) and a P.h.D (Preaches Hellfire and Damnation!) Another preacher said, “All this doctoring is making me sick!” AMEN!

  10. Bro. Szekely said

    Oh…that’s good!

    Thanks for your reply!!!

    Lord bless!!!

  11. Matt said

    Lol, if there’s room for a Southern Baptist here, I once heard “Dr.” Jerry Vines once say “you’d think the Lord was sick, there’s so many doctors in the pulpits…”.

    I also heard “Dr.” Robert Smith say that Ph.D just meant you got 23 letters to go.

  12. Bro. Szekely said

    OH…THAT’S GOOD! LOL!!! 🙂

    Thanks for weighing in, Matt!

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