Can someone explain why we use this term so loosely spiritual parents and siblings (e.g. spiritual mothers, spiritual sisters, spiritual brothers, and spiritual fathers)? Where is this noted in the Word of God or the Bible?
Conversely, we have used this term even in the body of Christ. Have you ever wondered who came up with this term in the first place? Moreover, there’s nothing wrong with calling those who are not your biological sister, brother, mother, or father as “second-parent” or “other brother from another” for example. Yet, we have added titles such as “spiritual” besides “bishop” and other unnecessary titles that are not scriptural.
“And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven” (Matthew 23:9, New International Version).
“And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father” (Matthew 23:9, New Living Translation).
Therefore, we are not to call anyone father (or even mother) according to these passages above. This doesn’t forbid us to apply the term to our Creator, known as Father. Religious traditions, rituals, or even religion itself shuns us from giving all proper honor, reverence, and fear to the Lord—Yahweh.
The word father also denotes “authority, eminence, superiority, a right to command, and a claim to particular respect.” In reference to our Heavenly Father, it can be used accordingly. Father belongs eminently to God, and it is not right to give it to people. Christian brothers and sisters are equal. For God tells us no respecter of people or persons. Only God has supreme authority. He only has a right to give laws; to declare doctrines that will bind the conscience; to punish disobedience. The Jewish teachers rejected that title of Father or YHWH (Yahweh) because they thought it was too holy for man to use. Additionally, Jesus once formed as a man, who YHWH, our Father, gave him life; therefore, is to be called father. Christ taught many including his disciples that the source of all life and truth was through God, and they ought not to seek or receive a title which properly belongs to Him. We are to bring GOD glory, honor, and reverence as he rightfully deserves. Let’s stop giving titles and such names to merely men and women.
On the other hand, we are to honor our earthly parents. Review Exodus 20:12; Matthew 15:4; Ephesians 6:1-3.
Let’s receive correction and stand firm on the Word of God. We are to be honorable unto the Lord and be a vessel for Christ without necessarily titles or loosely-used terms.