The Power of a Godly Father

by | 16 Jun, 2017 | 11 comments

We’ve been duped and distracted. This is all a ruse, ancillary and sensational window-dressing. Our culture wars on gender, abortion, the militant LGBT lobby, drag-queen children, Christian bakers, free speech (religious and otherwise), gun control—mere skirmishes to a broader conflict. There is a full-scale assault upon the bastion of a righteous nation, the godly father.

These issues distract and divide depreciating biblical masculinity as an archaic concept, symbolic of a by-gone patriarchy. Meanwhile, our nation systematically castrates our men. We demonize masculinity, suppressing the slightest hints of masculine aggression in young boys. With few godly examples to emulate, young men go one of two routes, submit to being neutered and become a hollowed out shell of a man immersed in pornography, maybe video games, or lash out in the oppression of women. These days, the cultural ideal for manhood has become the homosexual man, one who possesses the capacity but not the propensity to reproduce, to father.

You see, Satan knows all too well the power of a godly father.

Father to the Church

God calls godly men to lead His church. (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1) He commissions elders to lead, guide, shepherd, and protect His people. The church elder must be the husband of one wife, literally a one-woman-man. He must be of reputable character, and he must manage and lead his household well, his wife and his children. (1 Timothy 3:5) He must be a godly father. (God nowhere restricts single or childless men from service.)

That he manages his home well indicates how he might manage the household of God. If he cannot manage his own home, how can he be trusted with such a responsibility? As God likens His church to a household, godly men are the fathers of the Church.

Yet, most men sit content in their excess as idle and flaccid caricatures of what God has called them to be. They flee the feminized Church in droves, leaving any practice of spirituality to their wives, further emasculating the Church. Entire denominations ignore the authority of Scripture and ordain female clergy. Women are left holding the bag, so to speak.

     Sunday is my day to sleep in, or…

     The game’s on, or…

     I don’t really want to be preached at this morning…

This is not what God intended in His revealed will. God looks to godly men, to godly fathers, to lead His church in taking the Gospel to the nations. God dispatches godly fathers to lead the assault against the very gates of hell, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to set them free. (Matthew 16:18, Luke 4:18) 

This is the power of a godly father.

Father to His Children

What a man does in his home is equally as important, if not more important than what he does in public, or in the church. The family is the building block of the church, the foundation of a godly nation. Few things indicate the condition of a nation more so than the state of its families.

And few things display the power of a godly father more than his role in the family. God entrusted the future of the Church to godly fathers, that they would minister to their families. This is a great Gospel issue and you may not evade this call.

Children inherit the faith of their parents. Really, they inherit the faith of their fathers. Dads, God is calling you to father. Men, God is calling you to father.

     Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them. (Psalm 127:4-5)

The Lord has equipped us with two great weapons for this cutthroat spiritual battle. He has given us the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17) The Word of God is a weapon in the hand of a warrior. But He has filled our quiver with arrows, our children. Our sons, our children, are like arrows in the hands of a warrior. The Bible and our children—the weapons of a godly father. Would you put the sword of the Spirit into the hands of your sons? 

This is the power of a godly father.

Reality confronts as most fathers abdicate the responsibility to make disciples of their sons, either leaving it to the Church or neglecting it altogether. This is a great Gospel issue. Most Christians convert before the age of 18. There are very few adult converts. If a young man leaves home before conversion, chances are he will die one day in his sin.

The religious practices of the father, above everything else, determine the future religious practices of the child. From a 1994 Swiss study, if a father does not go to church, no matter how faithful the wife’s devotion, only one child in 50 will become a regular worshipper.

Secular psychology concurs. From Freud, a child’s psychological representation of his father is intimately connected to his understanding of God. Once a child is disappointed in or loses respect for his earthly father, belief in a heavenly father becomes impossible. The younger a man, the more likely he is to have a poor relationship with his father. Though the correlation is not firmly established, the younger man is also less likely to believe in God.

Here is the power of a godly father, the power to make disciples of all the nations…starting with his own sons.

Fathers to the Fatherless

Let us consider those who have no father? 

It is a fact that orphans suffer. System kids who ‘graduate’ the system at 18 not having been adopted have only despair to look forward to. Statistically, most of them will fail at life. Incarceration, addiction, homelessness, poverty, children out of wedlock: this is the likely future of those never adopted. Every year, our nation generates thousands of new adults who will always struggle.

Those raised by a single mother struggle nearly as much. A disproportionate number of prisoners in our nation’s penal system come from single mother homes. The presence of an active father yields better students, higher achievement, college, higher income, fewer mental and social issues. Yet, the ranks of the fatherless grows daily as more and more men walk, abandoning their responsibility to father. It is the children who suffer.

Most of all though, who will teach them about Christ? This is the true issue as each year we populate the ranks of adulthood with thousands of those least likely to ever believe. This is a great Gospel issue and in this, we see the potential power of a godly man. Perhaps God knew what He was doing when He ordained that a man leave his mother and father and ‘cleave’ to the woman in the bonds of marriage.

The orphans, the fatherless, they live desperate for the love and commitment of a godly father. Selflessly, thousands of godly fathers nationwide answer the call to stand in the gap and say, “I will be that man.”

This is the power of a godly father.

Fathers to the Nation

Our nation yearns desperately for the leadership of strong and steady men, men of God, committed men, serious in their faith and with their families. Our nation desperately needs godly fathers to step forward and declare that which God has ordained.

The godly father would never stand by as our nation silently slaughters our babies in the womb.

The godly father would never stand silent as orphans languish in their affliction.

The godly father could not tolerate our collective national drift from godliness.

Perhaps you or I could be that man. I pray that God would raise up a generation of such men, that He would show His power in the commitment of godly fathers.


  1. Eric

    Excellent post. Very convicting as I am a husband to my wife and a father to my children. Thank you.

  2. Leisa Snow

    Such an on topic subject for what is happening to our boys and men in today’s society. It’s the emasculization of men!

  3. Cynthia

    Please, continue to speak the pure, unvarnished word of God with power and intelligence. Men and boys and women, too, need to read and heed. Too many women have bought into Satan’ s lie that we can do everything a man can do. We cannot! Both men and women today yield too often to that Satanic call, “Did God really say _____.?” Yes. HE DID. A husband needs his wife
    A wife needs her husband and children need their parents. Most of all, we need our Father. Thank You, Father, that you have never abdicated your role as our Father.

  4. Fleming Ellison

    Are you a psychologist or an ordained minister? So a gay man cannot be a godly father or a female clergy member cannot be effective and a single mom raises prisoners? What primitive rock did you crawl out of and maybe you need to climb back in. The article does not preach love, it’s all about your opinion and oppressed judgemental. Who are you and for that matter all who lied this piece of garbage, to judge
    anyone. You should be ashamed for actually putting these thought in print and pray for forgiveness. You have thrown many rocks in this article and maybe one or two should be thrown back at you.

    • Bradford Smith

      Too bad we can’t disagree and remain civil…

  5. Donnie Calvery

    Great Article Sir, Amen to it all. We as Godly men must take up the mantle and lead our families, our churches and our country out of the life of sin.

  6. Kenneth Poindexter

    Words to live by for sure. I have to say that the greatest motivation and inspiration is not to make godly men and disciples from out sons but it is the least we can do for what our Father has done for us by having his Son suffer on the cross. If my children or wife don’t follow my walk as I walk with Christ I might feel like a failure and give up, but my fire comes from my joy that an amazing God has loved me to the point of giving everything and is making me new; so my spiritual response is to worship Him in all I do and prayerfully my family will follow but there are no guarantees. Regardless of what my family does I will bless the Lord at all times his praises will continually be in my mouth, starting at home 🙂 Love you Brad!!!

  7. Pattick Thompson

    Amen Pastor, was raised in an unbelieving home with a mom and dad. Finally repented and confessed to follow and know the Lord at 39. I see the results of low to no godly father influence in our churches let alone our ravaged culture. The accelerated decline of righteousness in our world is due to the reasons you’ve pointed out; fathers must be responsible to know Jesus and His word, instruct their children in righteousness and lead their families as sanctified and anointed leaders. Conversely, in looking at the explosion and rise of terror and extremism note the influence of ungodly fathers have on their children and their culture. Fathers successfully leading their families are critical. The evidence and facts are there; for good or evil. At its most basic level, if people can’t see the root cause of the rapid decline in world order and civility they’re blind or willfully ignorant in their sin. Thank you for the excellent observations and your heart for remaining obedient to the One True God.


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