John 8:41 You Do What Your Father Taught You

John 8:41 (KJV)
Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

I understand the context. The Jews claimed God was their Father. Jesus contended that their deeds, their actions revealed that they had a different Father. They would have recognized Jesus as the Saviour if God had been their Father. They would have followed the Lord Jesus. They would have turned to Him in repentance if God had been their Father. As it was, they denied Jesus was the Messiah of God, oppressed those who followed Jesus, and sought to kill Jesus. These were the deeds of their true father, the devil.

I’m thinking about the importance of the father in the home. We live in a society today where violence is on the rise. Drug use is out of control. Gangs dominate the urban (and many suburban) neighborhoods, and homelessness pervades every major population center. Politicians and sociologists are at a loss to solve the problems. Humanitarians and philanthropists want to throw money at the problem.

But the issue will not be resolved until we return to a solid family unit—a man and a woman; a dad and a mother, raising their children together.

Kids who grow up with their fathers will most likely do as their fathers taught them.

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John 8:41 You Do What Your Father Taught You

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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