Today millions or billions of people are sad because a man they refer to as their holy father has left an office he was elected to. Presumably, according to them, by the Holy Spirit.
I declare to you today that this practice of calling any man on earth father was forbidden by Christ and is recorded in Scripture.
9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. (Matthew 23:9)
Let us look more closely at the verse in context though.
Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. 4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ 8 But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.(Matthew 23:1-12)
Do you see it? The call is not just about not calling a man “father”, but about titles and positions of authority over others. In further support of this idea, look at verse 8.
But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.
And you are all brethren. If we are all brethren, then we are equal to one another. Despite if one is more mature than the other. In maturity each person has a different piece to offer anyway. So that together we make up the whole. Does that make sense? We cannot stand on our own, nor can we rightfully stand if we are lording over others or someone is lording over us!
What shall we do? Twice in verse 8 and again in verse 10 he says “for One is your Teacher, the Christ.” If he is our teacher, then let’s let Him teach us so that we can rightfully and completely serve our Holy Father in Heaven!