Hard Question #3:
Why does Pastor Smith call himself “Doctor,” even while he mocks seminary, calling it “cemetary”?
As others have pointed out in discussions on Randy White’s deceptive degree, preaching the Gospel or being a pastor or minister REQUIRES NO DEGREE. So why on earth would a preacher feel the need to use the title of “Doctor,” especially if the degree is merely honorary?
Like Marilyn Hickey, Joyce Meyer, Randy White, and a host of other “Charismaniac” preachers, Pastor Smith has an honorary doctorate from somewhere (we’re not sure, but we think it might be from Oral Roberts University, since they seem awfully free-handed with their honorary degrees).
(We’re giving Pastor Smith the benefit of the doubt with the “honorary” thing, because the alternative is that he “earned” his degree through some diploma mill. We do know that Pastor Smith never attended seminary.)
Anyway, Pastor Smith is often introduced as “Doctor M. T. Smith,” or “Doctor Mike Thomas Smith.”
When I pointed out to some of our church friends this false and deceptive use of the honorary degree, their response was, “Oh, Pastor Smith doesn’t push the use of ‘Doctor,’ it’s only when other people introduce him that they refer to him as ‘Doctor.'”
My response to these folks was, “Well, then why is this fake title chiseled onto the very prominent sign in the front of the church property?” The sign reads, “Living Word Church, Dr. M. T. and Mary Smith, Pastors.”
Would anyone care to answer this Hard Question #3? Why DOES Pastor Smith use the title of “Doctor”? Could there possibly be any pure or innocent motivation? All I can think of is that he wants to take on the credibility that an advanced degree would give him…even while he simultaneously denigrates education. But if any of you out there can come up with a legitimate reason, we’d love to hear it.