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The Importance Of Being A Father

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by HAMel, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. HAMel

    HAMel Well-Known Member
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    Nov 15, 2009
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    Ephesians 6:4

    "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
    How important is father to a child's religious growth? Due to the way in which census information is gathered in Switzerland, researchers were able to find out. And while their conclusions might shock modern sensitivities, they are really not too surprising.

    If both mother and father attend church regularly with their children, 33 percent of those children will grow up to attend church regularly. Another 41 percent will grow up to attend church irregularly, and the remaining 25 percent of the children will end up lost, not going to church at all. Amazingly, if only the father is regular in his church attendance, and the mother is irregular or doesn't go at all, the number of children who grow up to attend church regularly or irregularly actually increases. On the other hand, if only the mother attends church regularly, and the father doesn't go at all, only two percent of the children will grow up to attend church regularly. Researchers concluded that a father's practice of his faith has 12 times more influence upon his children than the mother's. Similar studies in England showed the same trend.

    While no one would dispute that mothers are a great blessing and provide things that fathers cannot provide, clearly, fathers are essential to healthy spiritual development. This is why, in Scripture, God charges fathers with spiritual leadership.

    Lord, I thank You for faithful fathers everywhere. Help Christian fathers to take their responsibilities seriously. Amen.

    Source: http://us.mg3.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=3pjm6l3vapcjj
  2. jaigner

    jaigner Active Member

    Nov 19, 2009
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    Are fathers essential for spiritual leadership? Yes. Are they more essential than mothers? No. Are mothers and fathers both to be the spiritual leaders of their family? Absolutely yes.
  3. glfredrick

    glfredrick New Member

    Aug 5, 2010
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    On this light, I recommend the "Courageous" movie.

    The Scriptures have a LOT to say about being a man and a father. Our prime example is our Father in heaven. God intended for the father to be the head of the household and a necesary and vital part of the family. Modern society has turned God's example, admonition, and rule on its side and placed women at the pinacle of the family and for that, we suffer as a society wherever egalitarian practice is held and women are equal or co-equal leaders. That is not, however, to say that women are inferior partners, God forbid! They are equal in stature and position before God's throne, but their purpose and crafting are different for a different role, that of helpmate, nurturer, and lover. Man, meanwhile is head, provider, and respect. The two, in compatable harmonious relationship provide the spiritual aspects required to raise a family in the nurture and admonition of God. "A cord of three strands is not easily broken," and the successful marriage being that cord. Father represents "our Father," mother represents "our Son," and the combined marraige where the two are one-flesh represents "our Holy Spirit. to the children and to the world.