Matthew 23:9 [KJV]

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.


Should Christians call an earthly man father?


There are some religious groups that call their leaders “father”. The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church has the added title “Holy” Father. The scripture (Matt 23:9) is both clear and specific, our LORD Jesus said, “call no man father”, NOT on earth. Since the scripture is crystal clear in answering the question, what TTGM will focus on is why would Jesus say this when we already have an earthly father. Why would Jesus not want us to recognize our earthy father and call him by name anymore? 


The complete answer to the question will be brought out when we include verses Matthew 23: 9 and 10


Matt 23:9-10 [KJV]

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.


What is our status and condition before coming to Christ?

The answer to this question is in what happens when a person becomes born again. Before we are born again we are dead in our sins. When a person believes in Christ for their hope to gain salvation, they become “born again” (alive and saved from our sins). After being born again the person is now one with Christ and this oneness makes Christ’s Father theirs (the believers). So after Christ you now answer to “one” Father, He becomes the person of the Godhead that you approach and obey. It is His will we now follow on Earth. As Yeshua said we now have one Father.


Consider the following verses that lend support to the answer just given from the Book that is our foundation.

After becoming born again, you are now born of the Spirit you now have a new Father.

(John 3:3 [KJV])

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.



Our (believers) Father resides in heaven and we have become His children.

(Matt 5:45 [KJV])

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.


We are to address our Father in every prayer as Yeshua (Jesus) taught. NOT pray to Yeshua, Mary or the dead saints.

(Matt 6:9 [KJV])

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.


The titles/office names given for the church are:





TTGM answers the Roman Catholic Church on this Doctrine: coming soon.



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The Greatest Love of all (John 3:16) 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"

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