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Because the Lord Jesus said call no man your Father on earth, the devil's boys are doing and encouraging the opposite. How many fathers do you have, anyway?

Your Forever Father

Most every so-called protestant is proud they do not call a clergyman Father, and they will cite the Roman Catholics as the greatest offenders. As you know, Rome’s priests are called Fathers, as is their pope. Pope, from the Greek word, Pappas, means Papa and is an informal endearing word for Father. Also, the pontiff is referred to, and refers to himself as, the Holy Father, and it is one of his official titles. But hold on! Holy Father is the same name Jesus used to address the Almighty God in his high priestly prayer in John Chapter 17. Protestants have had their father images, too: Father Divine, Dad Kenneth Hagan Sr., and Dad Jim Jones, to name some.

In Matthew Chapter 23:9, the head of the true church commands, “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father which is in heaven.” And, so, because the Lord Jesus Christ said to call no man your father upon the earth, the devil’s boys enjoy doing and encouraging the opposite. Of course, if you look a little closer at the verse, it doesn’t say call no clergyman your father; it is much broader, because it says, “call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father which is in heaven.” How many fathers do you have anyway? Well, choose you this day whom ye will serve. It can either be the Lord, if you were born of his spirit, or it can be the one who contributed to your DNA when you were born a sinner, or it can be the parish priest. Uh-Oh! Are you going to hear something you haven’t heard before? Let’s check out some scripture…

The Lord Jesus Christ taught who your Father is in the beginning of his ministry, and you can read about it in Matthew Chapter 6, where he said to pray after this manner, “Our Father which art in heaven.” This is then followed by, “hallowed be thy name.” Father is a hallowed name, you see, for it is to be used in a religious/spiritual context only, and it is the special name for God’s children to call him by. And even when you think or hear the word Father, you ought to think at the same time, your Father which art in heaven – period. This can become a spiritual reflex, by conscientiously applying the word of truth to your thoughts and speech, and not calling anyone else your father upon the earth. It is a good habit to adopt, and you will eventually think of God most every time you hear the word, “Father.” (He likes that.) Also, make a side note that we are not to call anyone Grandfather either, for Grandfather means he is the chief or prime father of many fathers - like the Roman pope is the chef father of many father/priests. I guess they could call him “Grand Pappy.” And you won’t find grandfather in the Bible, as well, but you will find grandmother, the prime mother, as in Timothy 1:5) And so, you may have a prime mother like a grandmother, but you do not have a prime Father, because, again, only one is your Father - which art in heaven.

Even before the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, as a mere twelve-year-old child, set the standard for us to follow. After staying behind at the temple for three days, his mother upon finding him, reprimanded him and said, “Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?” (Matthew 2:48b-49) How about you? Are you about your heavenly Father’s business, or are you still about some other father’s business? You’ll probably have to think about that a bit to get it, and all the flack you will receive from your natural family and others when you call no man your father upon the earth. And what is more, most natural fathers do not like to give up that fatherly position. Like the Lord Jesus prophesied, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.” (Matthew 10:34-36) If “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it,” it just got a bit straighter and narrower, don’t you think?

One more parting thought is, is what the Lord Jesus said to the scholars and denominational boys in Matthew 23:29-31. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.” How were these religious big wigs witnesses against themselves that they were the children of the prophet killers? It is simple: They referred to men born in sin as their fathers upon the earth.

It’s your choice who you call your father. And just like you cannot serve God and mammon, you can not serve two Fathers either. You can, however, be born again of God’s spirit, and have the perfect Father forever, your Father which art in heaven.

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