call no man “Father”

Sound exegesis distinguishes among literal teachings, parables, and allegorical teaching. What do you call the man who impregnated your mother? Do you call him “father”?  Remember, Protestants,  the Fourth Commandment: Honor thy father and mother.


“And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters; for one is your master, Christ.” Matthew 23:9-10


From the Douay Rheims, Challoner notes: “The meaning is that our Father in heaven is incomparably more to be regarded, than any father upon earth: and no master to be followed, who would lead us away from Christ. But this does not hinder but that we are by the law of God to have a due respect both for our parents and spiritual fathers, (1 Cor. 4:15) and for our masters and teachers.”


“For if you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, by the gospel, I have begotten you.” 1 Corinthians 4:15


“To Titus my beloved son, according to the common faith, grace and peace from God the Father, and from Christ Jesus our Saviour.” Titus 1:4


“The church that is in Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you: and so doth my son Mark.”

1 Peter 5:13