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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

51- Priesthood is fatherhood

 

St-Takla.org Image: Priests of St. Takla Himanot Coptic Orthodox Church, Alex, Egypt with H. G. Bishop Basanty صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الآباء الكهنة بكنيسة الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت الإسكندرية مصر، مع نيافة الحبر الجليل الأنبا بيسنتي

St-Takla.org Image: Priests of St. Takla Himanot Coptic Orthodox Church, Alex, Egypt with H. G. Bishop Basanty

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الآباء الكهنة بكنيسة الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت الإسكندرية مصر، مع نيافة الحبر الجليل الأنبا بيسنتي

The fifth objection

Objections to fatherhood

In our attempt to address the issue of the priestly fatherhood, we will first respond to the objections against this biblical concept.

The objections against fatherhood revolve around the following verse:

(Mat 23:9) "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.

[1] The Lord Said Also Do Not Call Any One Teacher

We have exhausted the importance of teaching and how He granted some to be teachers.:

(Eph 4:11-12) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

{12} for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

And we reached the conclusion that this instruction was directed to the apostles. We also said that bishops are also to follow this rule.

Is it lawful for us to say “our teacher Saint Peter, or Saint Paul”, or do we break the commandment of Christ if we call these great apostles “teachers”?

We could deduct from the Scriptures (Old Testament & New) that spiritual fatherhood is a biblical fact, and what was uttered in Matthew 23:9 was particular to the apostles and bishops.


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