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Definition:   The best known title for the Bishop of Rome in the Catholic Church. The term derives from the Greek and Latin for “father.” Another title for the Bishop of Rome is indeed “Holy Father.” The Catholic faithful are required to submit both their wills and their intellects in all religious matters to their Father, the pope.

Definition: Jesus warns us not to call any man by the honorific title “father” (Mt. 23:9). It is a grave sin to willingly be called “Holy Father” as this is the name that Jesus Himself uses to refer to God the Father (Jn. 17:11). The submission of will and intellect again is reserved for God and His Word. Christians must test the spirits (1 Jn. 4:1) and test prophecies (1 Thess. 5:21) and test ourselves (2 Cor. 13:5).

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