This edited 2011 post continues challenging the disastrous rebel thinking and actions of Western nations falling away from the spiritual, moral and ethical tenets on family that once informed their societies during the Christian era now past. As a boat set adrift at sea after being released from its moorings, so, our nation with other sister Western nations that are forcefully untying themselves from their Christian mores (Psalm 2:1-3)! Besides the fearful natural consequences of hopelessly drifting, there is the never before seen magnitude global storm brewing on the horizon propelled by the living God who comes to judge the rebellion against Him (Jeremiah 25:30-33).1
Originally Posted October 9, 2011
In a follow up to last week’s blog,2 the Lord would have me remind readers that our secular society cannot demand that men as fathers behave with the commitment to responsibility they have historically displayed toward their children and there be no absolute moral imperative to do so. This is where the silliness of moral relativity shows through in brilliant clarity. If there are no moral absolutes, then, who says men have to take responsibility for the children they father? There is no one without the other. Right doing follows righteous requirement and thinking.
Until now, men across cultures have been driven by the invisible compass of conscience (installed by God), societal norm and peer enforcement to do the right thing for their children. Also, God made His will and negative view of rebel Christian men known through His written Word distilled powerfully by the apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 5:8. For our nation’s legal and social authorities to attempt to shame and punish deadbeat dads into right action while also supporting moral relativity is absurd to the extreme. Males from childhood must intentionally be taught there is a moral imperative from a holy God at work in their conscience and supported by all levels of the social order that they only bring forth children within marriage and in that context take full responsibility for their care.
As a teenage father I knew sex outside of marriage was wrong, but willfully chose to pursue my desires without restraint and in a setting of diminishing societal opposition. When children were actually born (some were aborted), it was also initially easy to walk away. But after I met the Lord, He restored my conscience and His absolute righteous requirement that I take responsibility for those I had fathered and father any others only in the context of marriage. Our nation must return to God in Christ and the moral absolutes of the Bible if there is to be any hope of restoring fathers to their children as the prophet Elijah will do in Israel when he comes (Malachi 4:4-6). I have written more on a father’s responsibilities in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics.3
1 Read the September 29, 2019 post, God Almighty In A 21st Century World, under the category, Bible Prophecy.
2 See the October 20, 2019 repost, No One Without The Other, under the category, Biblical Worldview.
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I have five children and four are daughters. So, I wrote this edited 2011 post with many years of experience learning about and attempting to live out with many failures a still God recognized biblical worldview of fatherhood in the midst of a world and compromising Christians in rebellion against it (Malachi 3:6; Ephesians 6:1-4; Hebrews 13:8). Being a father is one of three temporary roles God has assigned most men that only His aspiring strong men in the image of His Son, Jesus Christ, are equipped to fully please Him in living out. Honoring her father’s headship until marriage is the will of God which in these evil latter days will truly take a great woman of God daughter to fulfill.
Originally Posted October 2, 2011
Recently I heard a professed Christian woman speaking on one of the Christian radio talk shows about needing to have her father’s guidance and protection while she was apparently governing her own life in arrogant independence. In God’s family design every virgin and/or unmarried daughter is given the benefits of guidance and protection by their father as their head while they live under his roof (and beyond if they will continue to honor his headship). A father’s responsibilities to his daughter only ended upon her death or marriage in which case her husband took over the headship responsibilities (1 Corinthians 7:36-38; Ephesians 5:23).
In today’s feminist attempt to unravel God’s design of the family, so many single young women are buying in only to crash and burn on the rocks of unanticipated pregnancies, abusive relationships and financial hardships. The proud among these young women demand that their fathers take care of them and their problems while they continue in their rebellion; others just as proud seek no help considering themselves heroically self-sufficient. However, the humble like the prodigal son of Luke 15:11-19 come to their senses and realize that a father in the image and likeness of God will give the long-term benefits of headship only with their submission to it. There is no one without the other.
In a biblical worldview, a father is under no obligation to guide, provide for or protect an adult daughter that is unwilling to submit to his leadership and instruction. Periodic help in the form of food and a temporary stay at home out of compassion for the proud rebel is appropriate. But the father that is emotionally manipulated into providing for and protecting his daughter long-term with no accompanying insistence that she honor his headship is setting her up for failure as a future wife.1 As the Holy Spirit leads, I write more about a father’s responsibilities to his children in The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics. If you have not already, I urge you to get a copy of the book today!2
1 If this teaching is out of step with the times and the way it really is in the world, then truly, the world is about out of time (2 Timothy 3:1-5; 2 Peter 3:9)! Read my May 5,
2019 post, Out Of Step With The Times?, under the category, Bible Prophecy.
2 The book is available in print or digital download formats at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBooks.com and Apple (digital only).
You can also get the Hard or Soft Cover print versions of the book in the Strong Man Store. I ask the saints to pray with me for a 2020 release of The Great Woman Of
God: Women’s Group Study drawn from chapters in my book.
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