The Malachi Mandate: Jesus and Spiritual Fathers
Is Spiritual Fathering Biblical?
The so called "Malachi Mandate' is based on Malachi 4:6. Malachi was the last prophet of the Old Testament before the Church experienced its 'dark ages'. Malachi 4:6 says this:
'And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse'. This is one of the scriptures that many who teach from the Apostolic Five Fold Ministry use to validate "spiritual fathers". Many have accepted this path and are boldly leading others against the teachings of Jesus Christ the Amen. It never ceases to amaze me that when the Apostle Paul is placed next to Jesus most modern "Christians" blindly choose Paul over Jesus even when Pauls teachings are in direct disagreement to Jesus. Jesus was quite clear about the practice of calling any man on earth father, outside biological fathers even before Paul popularized it with his disciple Timothy. In Matthew 23:9 Jesus said - And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Yet Paul in 1 Timothy 1:1,2 says this- Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope..To Timothy my true son in the faith:Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul refers to himself in several places in the Bible as a spiritual father. For example: "For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore, I urge you, imitate me." 1 Corinthians 4:15,16
In a book by Paul Jablonowski entitled Sons of Glory this writer builds his argument for spiritual fatherhood in line with what has become known as the Malachi Mandate (video) . Jesus said all believers are brothers and sisters and therefore equal in Christ. Why do men continue to embrace teachings that Jesus never intended for His Church?
A "mandate" is defined as a - "formal order from a superior official". So, in order to invest this movement with Biblical Authority God is reduced to an "official". Again, we are faced with a conflict of interests. It is written that one cannot serve two masters. Matthew 6:24 says - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. We are taught by those who lord it over us, I say this because most modern church leaders don't consider themselves in no way equal to those they are supposed to serve. I have even heard a senior pastor tell a junior pastor that they should not form friendships with members of their congregation. Again, what Jesus says to the Church is abandoned for those words that tickle the ears. 2 Timothy 4:3 says - King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears... for the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows - 1 Timothy 6:10.
Do We Really Need Revival ?
I remember as a small boy attending "revival meetings" with my family. Then on into adulthood these almost yearly rituals seemed to cease. No one really talked revival any more. Once again revival is a hot topic. But just what does revival mean? Revival according to Online Merriam-Webster is a "period of renewed religious interest". So, revival is a religious exercise that seeks to bring life back to a dead religion. But is religious revival something the Church needs or should continue to pursue? I think not, and the reason is because Jesus never said anything about religion. Actually read the Bible correctly and it becomes obvious that Jesus had a problem with the religious establishment of His day. Along with their Roman overlords the Temple Priests exploited the people through temple taxes or tithes. It was Jesus attack on the religious leaders and the Roman domination system that caused Him to singled out by the authorities for execution. He was lynched in part because He refused to get with the religious program. The Church doesn't need revival it needs to seek the Kingdom of God.
Money. The Bible records that Jesus once threw out those seeking to make money in the temple. This Malachi Mandate movement is generating millions in books, conferences, teaching materials and church planting projects. African churches are starting to embrace this heresy as well. But Jesus said "call no man father". Once again Paul oversteps Jesus teachings for a New Testament approach and because men see value in Pauls reinterpretaion of Jesus they ignore Jesus and embrace Paul. One thing about Paul he admonishes his spiritual sons and daughters to follow him as he imitates or follows Christ and adds that when he is not following Christ he shouldn't be followed. Choose this day who you will follow. As for me and my house we will follow Jesus Christ... His In Service