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The Father is He

Is it not strange that, although progressive theologians and “Christians” are enthusiastically following the sex-confused culture that allows everyone to choose his own “preferred pronouns,” they will not acknowledge God’s right to his? I say this with sarcasm, of course, because God does not make arbitrary choices based on his feelings and preferences; he simply describes himself as what he is, always has been, and always will be.


Feminists see the title “Father” as evidence of ancient and repressive patriarchalism. Mary Daly most famously said, “If God is male, then the male is God.” That statement, however, is problematic at virtually every level. To say that God is Father is not to say that God has a gender. We simply speak as the Bible speaks. We affirm God is Father, Son, and Spirit. That affirmation does not imply that God has a gender in the same way as his human creatures. As Carl Henry stated:

The God of the Bible is a sexless God. When Scripture speaks of God as “he” the pronoun is primarily personal (generic) rather than masculine (specific); it emphasizes God’s personality—and, in turn, that of the Father, Son and Spirit as Trinitarian distinctions—in contrast to impersonal entities.

This masculine language is not only written within the warp and woof of Scripture. It is necessary to the understanding of the reality of the Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To tamper with this is not merely to be creative in worship; it is to create a false god. We have no right to petition for a change.

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Additionally, others have objected to calling God “Father” because they believe that for many people this term evokes abusive or absent fathers. In light of that sad fact, they argue, this term should be jettisoned. Although it is truly a tragedy that many children have grown up without invested, loving, grace-filled fathers, this fact does not grant us the right to assume that our own negative perceptions of fathers can be mapped onto the fatherhood of God. Rather, we are to see God’s self-disclosure of his own character and his own being in Scripture as the ideal fatherhood. It is God the Father who defines what a human father must be like, not the other way around. The very fact that we know what human fathers ought to be like demonstrates that we know an ideal father does indeed exist. As a result, we will never recover family life and a true understanding of fatherhood until we can affirm without hesitation or mental reservation, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty.”

—Albert Mohler, The Apostles’ Creed (Crossway, 2019), 8–10.

I will offer one quibble: Mohler makes the fashionable error of conflating sex and gender, asserting that God has no gender. The fact that God describes himself with masculine pronouns, and the title of Father, demonstrates that he does have a gender: he is masculine (vs. feminine). What he is not is male or female, which is what sex indicates—human biology.

Posted 2020·02·06 by David Kjos
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