Good Spiritual Father Vs Bad Spiritual Father

“Who is your Spiritual covering?”, “Yo Bro, My Spiritual Father is So and So” conversations have become common place in the Church. The terms “Spiritual Father”, “Spiritual Mother” and “Spiritual covering” are the trending terms of the Modern-day Church. I must accept that lot of good stuff have come out of this but I must also admit that lot of bad stuff have also creeped into the Church through this- extremes and abuses.

Let me throw you a a few truth bombs, so that you will be able to discern whether you are under a good spiritual father (or mother or mentor or pastor) or a bad spiritual father (or mother or mentor or pastor), whether you are in a good church or a bad church:-

  • A Good Spiritual Father will serve you. A Bad Spiritual Father will demand you to serve Him.
  • A Good Spiritual Father wants to be your Servant-Leader. A Bad Spiritual Father wants to be your dictator. 
  • A Good Spiritual Father will fight for you and never against you. A Bad Spiritual Father will fight you.
  • A Good Spiritual Father will think you are special and will treat you like a celebrity. A Bad Spiritual Father will think he is special and will walk around like a celebrity.
  • A Good Spiritual Father will speak to you with the Word of God. A Bad Spiritual Father will dump his personal opinions and cultural ideas on you.
  • A Good Spiritual Father will teach you to make decisions in life. A Bad Spiritual Father will decide for you. 
  • A Good Spiritual Father will give you freedom. A Bad Spiritual Father will control you, manipulate you and threaten you.
  • A Good Spiritual Father will correct you in love. A Bad Spiritual Father will punish you in the name of correction.
  • A Good Spiritual Father will rebuke you when you go wrong and will direct you in the ways of Jesus. A Bad Spiritual Father will rebuke you when you move away from his ways and will compel you to walk in his own ways using God’s name.
  • A Good Spiritual Father will rob his bank account for you. A Bad Spiritual Father will rob your bank account to fill his bank account. (I’m all for giving offerings to leaders but compelling and manipulating people to give is of the devil. Take good care of your leaders(good ones) but don’t let bad leaders rob you.)
  • A Good Spiritual Father will love you, even if you disobey Him. A Bad Spiritual Father will get mad, if you disobey Him. 
  • A Good Spiritual will give you his shoulders to help you climb higher. A Bad Spiritual Father won’t let you climb higher than his shoulders. 
  • A Good Spiritual will let you use Him for your success. A Bad Spiritual Father will use you for His success. 
  • A Good Spiritual Father will help you walk out your destiny and live out your dreams. A Bad Spiritual Father will dump his vision and dreams down your throat.
  • A Good Spiritual Father will stand by you, even if it means losing his reputation. A Bad Spiritual Father will disconnect from you, when his reputation is at risk. 
  • A Good Spiritual Father will hug you in your sin. A Bad Spiritual Father will bug you in your sin. 
  • A Good Spiritual Father will give his life for yours. A Bad Spiritual Father will take your life for his. 

That’s all folks.

I believe, before you received the last bomb, you would have discerned whether you are under a Good Spiritual Father or a Bad Spiritual Father. A Good Spiritual Father (or Mother or Mentor or Pastor) looks like Jesus in many ways and is always working to grow more and more like Jesus. He is powerful in his stand in the Kingdom and is focused on being faithful to Jesus. You can’t buy him with fear, money or whatever.

[Don’t you think, these points apply to biological fathers and mothers too? Oh Yeah.]

What should I do, if my Spiritual Father or Mother or Mentor or Pastor is bad? Just leave and ask God to lead you to another. How can I leave my Mother Church? There is nothing called a Mother Church, so leave without thinking.

What Should I do, if my Spiritual Father or Mother or Mentor or Pastor is good? Love deeply and Honor Highly. Pray much. Be easy to lead, it will bless your leader so much. Take good care of your spiritual father in every way.

What Should I do, if my Spiritual Father or Mother or Mentor or Pastor is good but has some bad shades? If bad is more, leave. If good is more, stay and pray much for your leader. Stand with your leader, as he/she grows more and more like Jesus.

Did this post give you clarity? Do you need further light in this topic? Drop your comments below.

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