Spiritual father – (This is a follow up to an earlier article, My Father and the Heavenly Father, you would do well to read that first)
Have you been asked these questions?
Too much pressure has been put on many upcoming ministers to ensure they procure fathers, or have sons...
But no such requirements have been placed in scriptures,
Spiritual fathering is no tea party,
Unlike natural parenting, which happens at once (conception and birth), this takes time..
It’s more of an ongoing work, if I may call it so …
An example we can find is Jesus and the disciples,
John 21:5 KJV
 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
He called them children via association,
Men saw it
Acts 4:13 KJV
 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
They couldn’t spot the difference
These men were with him a lot
Acts 1:21 KJV
 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
All the time till he left the earth after the resurrection (40 days)
Spiritual Father – It’s Borne Out Of Very Deep Synergy:
A more succinct and clearer example is Paul and Timothy
1 Timothy 1:2 KJV
 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Timothy 1:2 KJV
 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Timothy 2:1 KJV
 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Was this a mere tag?
Some not knowing what being a spiritual father is have coined it their own ways .
To the ignorant ,maybe the fellow who led you to the lord ,and that’s not sustainable with scriptures ,
To others, mischievously it’s a senior minister who can give them visibility or cover or acceptance ,
That’s not scriptural .
Just like natural parenting, you MUST have or develop the DNA of a man before he’s referred to as your father..
I mean, you are like an alter ego, a carbon copy, a look alike, you share common faith and teaching
Titus 1:4 KJV
 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
The son must be seen as the Father or better still the Father in the son, just like Jesus…
John 14:9 KJV
 Jesus saith unto him, …Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;
Some are fatherless, yet have adopted what a friend once called “corporate daddy ”
Spiritual Father – It’s A Formal Relationship, Not Natural:
Almost no semblance, just by word of mouth and pix or ministerial association, or preaching on the same platform, he laid hands on me, he gave us a word and increase came etc. Timothy had elders lay hands on him and prophesied just like Paul too did but that didn’t make them his fathers ,Paul had hands laid on him in acts 13 too, a major turning point in ministry ,yet that’s not it ,not even someone you copy the architectural style of their church facility !
Far from it .
Some have many fathers, despite not being Jews, and Paul’s admonition
1 Corinthians 4:15 KJV
 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
Some Claim “spiritual grandfather”, again giving cultural coloration to spiritual truths, like” I can’t be sharing fathers with my father or my sons (as the case may be).
Any time we veer off spiritual truths into these coloration abuse overwhelms it.
You must share DNA!
Doctrine must be the same! Fully same
2 Timothy 2:2 KJV
 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 3:14 KJV
 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them ;
Spiritual Sons Represent Their Fathers:
Such that Paul could send him in his own stead as if he himself went
Philippians 2:20, 22 KJV
 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
22] But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
It’s very obvious; we would almost think its Paul preaching till we move closer.
Such that Timothy became Paul’s doctrinal fire extinguisher
1 Timothy 1:3 KJV
 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
Paul’s Ephesus needed another like Paul, Timothy! Not even Silas.
This is the proof of DNA.
Same style, almost same titles of sermons all the time,
Approach to ministry, same!
It’s not mode of dressing, its belief system, and ministry!
However, as much as it’s no compulsory requirement to have a spiritual father, everyone should have a company of ministers whom he’s accountable to
Ephesians 5:21 KJV
 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Pastor Chris ….Paul had the prophets and teachers in Antioch, and also saw fit to tell his revelation to Jerusalem.
But fatherhood is different.
Next time you see any preacher call anyone his son or father without these impeccable similarities, you simply have a spiritual orphan seeking for legal adoption by force or a legally adopted parents.
The Fathers Know Who Their Sons Are:
I have two children, Craig and Michelle, I don’t refer to any else as my children.
In over 22 years of pastoring, I have had “children come and go “(sounds ridiculous), so am not in a hurry, I think it’s the inexperienced that don’t get this
This relationship takes time and it’s proven.
I know of a true Father and Son relationship, it’s weighed in all balances and has never been found wanting, about 34 years old, waxing strong.
The son can quote every book of his father, he preaches only from him .He has his DNA even though they never saw physically till the father passed into glory.
You need not anyone tell you whose son he is, it’s ubiquitous and crazily conspicuous.
Tokunbo Adejuwon is Kenneth. E .Hagins Son (I believe amongst many others)
You must find the Fathers DNA in the son,
His message, spirit and manner.
So many have corporate fathers ,men with whom they share very little or no beliefs ,yet adopt them so others whom they desire to submit to them would not ask them whose son they are too,
It’s not just the height of deception and hypocrisy ,it’s hypocrisy and deception in its very heights .
Wait to have sons and wait to be a true father…
Else you shall end up a fatherless son or an area father (sonless father)
You are blessed
About The Author:
Pastor Chris Segun Onayinka is a Nigerian Pastor and a profound teacher of the word of God who teaches explicitly, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the New Creation realities. A Nigerian lawyer by profession, He is the founder and senior Pastor of The Saints Community Church.