No 'reverence' is due to me!

(by Charles Spurgeon)

I very much demur to the designation,
"To the Reverend C. H. Spurgeon,"
for no 'reverence' is due to me!

Assuredly, 'Reverend' and 'sinner' make
a curious combination. And as I know I
am the second, I repudiate the first.

To me, it is surprising that such a flattering
title should have been invented, and more
amazing still, that good men should be found who
are angry if this title be not duly given to them.

"It is the Lord your God you must follow,
 and Him you must REVERE." Deut. 13:4

".... so that you may learn to REVERE the
 Lord your God always." Deut. 14:23

".... REVERE this glorious and awesome
 name: the Lord your God." Deut. 28:58

".... REVERE Him, all you descendants
 of Israel!" Psalm 22:23

"Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the
 people of the world REVERE Him." Psalm 33:8

".... holy and REVEREND is His name." Psalm 111:9

"I know that everything God does will endure
 forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing
 taken from it. God does it so that men will
 REVERE Him." Eccles. 3:14

"Who should not REVERE You, O King of the
 nations? This is Your due." Jeremiah 10:7