Justin Taylor cites the findings of Robbie Low from Touchstone magazine about the father’s role in nurturing the faith of his children. I have read these findings before and want to note a finding that confirms how important the role of the father is in passing down the faith. If the father is absent from worship, then only 2% of the children will go on to become part of the church into adulthood. If the father is faithful, that number climbs to as high as 75%. That’s a 73% gap!
Dads, if you name the name of Christ, the whole while devoting your Sundays to Nascar, football, and personal recreation, you are in serious sin. I admonish you to lead your family to Christ and His church lest you eternally regret leading your kids to the fleeting pleasures of this world.
Quoting from Low:
In short, if a father does not go to church, no matter how faithful his wife’s devotions, only one child in 50 will become a regular worshipper. If a father does go regularly, regardless of the practice of the mother, between two-thirds and three-quarters of their children will become churchgoers (regular and irregular). If a father goes but irregularly to church, regardless of his wife’s devotion, between a half and two-thirds of their offspring will find themselves coming to church regularly or occasionally.
A non-practicing mother with a regular father will see a minimum of two-thirds of her children ending up at church. In contrast, a non-practicing father with a regular mother will see two-thirds of his children never darken the church door. If his wife is similarly negligent that figure rises to 80 percent!
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