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Did the Bible Permitted Us To Call Men Of God Fathers? “- Dr. Abel Answers The Triggering Question
Dr. Abel Damina, a Nigerian televangelist and General Overseer of Power City International Ministry, has been fielding queries from young people all around the world.
He is one of Nigeria’s most well-known pastors and the host of the renowned internet program ” Righteous Invasion Of Truth [R. I. O. T. ], ” which has received hundreds of queries from around the world.
A young man asked the following question in one of the episodes: ” Is it scriptural to address God’s men as fathers? Even those younger than me insist on being addressed as a father so that their grace can flow into my life? “
He claims that the biblical concept of spiritual fatherhood is valid. ” I know where you got that from in the Bible. It is in Matthew that it is written, ” Call no man father on earth, for there is only one father, and that is God. “
What did Jesus mean when he stated that? Jesus was alluding to false prophets, false teachers, and the Pharisees, according to the scripture’s pretext and posttext. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t refer to someone as your father; Jesus had an earthly father and recognized him as such. Paul had a son, Timothy, whom he named ” my son whom I have begotten in the gospel. ” ” Dr. Damina expressed her thoughts.
He went on to say that fatherhood is a responsibility, not a label. ” So, what exactly is a father? He is a provider, a provider of nourishment, and a provider of sustenance. That is to say, your doctrinal persuasion is the result of your father’s influence. It is not a title to be a father.
Fatherhood entails accountability. If I am responsible for your theological convictions, I become your spiritual father, not in the sense of a title, but in the sense of a responsibility. When you refer to me as a father, you are reminding me that I am the one who is responsible for spiritually nourishing you.
So, don’t call them fathers because, according to Apostle Paul, you might have ten thousand instructors but only one parent. You should limit your theological persuasion to one person, and you must be able to identify who is responsible for your doctrinal persuasion. Who is it that is teaching you doctrine and supervising your life? ” Dr. Damina expressed his thoughts.
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