A biblical family differs sharply from a pagan, patriarchal one. Originally published in 2014 Issue 4 of Home Educating Family Magazine, the publication with the most meaningful discussions taking place in the homeschooling community today.Read and study Colossians 3 and Ephesians 5 carefully, prayerfully. Visit to read back issues and for more articles, product reviews, and media. Shearer is the husband of Cyndy Shearer, the proud father of 11 children, an Elder at Abundant Life Church, Director of the Francis Schaeffer Study Center, Publisher of Greenleaf Press, vice president of the Tennessee Association of Church-Related Schools.Roman culture, with its emphasis on the absolute rights of fathers, is the stereotypical picture of pagan patriarchy.
He literally had the power of life and death over his children and slaves. Wives and children had no legal right to the separate ownership of land, possessions, or even money.
There is a great deal of practical advice written by Roman authors about household matters.
Nowhere is it presented as an organizing principle for the kingdom of God.
There is quite a bit of teaching in the New Testament about fathers, of course—most notably in Colossians 3 and Ephesians 5—but the principles and picture of the family presented there is in sharp contrast to the patriarchal model of first century Greek and Roman pagan culture.
We need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, not conformed to the pattern of this world. He has been a college professor, a marketing VP, a demographer, a healthcare planner, a publisher, an author, and a small business owner. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany in 1979-1980.
Rob holds an MA in History and Humanities from Stanford University and an A. The Bible then, especially and particularly the household principles articulated in Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3, far from establishing and confirming the Roman, pagan, masculine dominating hierarchy of patriarchy actually undermines it and elevates, honors, and protects the position, worth, and value of wives, children, and servants.True, children and servants are instructed to obey parents and masters—but parents and masters have obligations to nurture and not threaten.True, wives are instructed to “submit” to (not “obey”) their husbands, but in the context and in light of the principle that all Christians are to “submit” to one another.And husbands are directed to nourish and cherish their wives.Wives: submit (not obey) to your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Fathers: love your wives, be not bitter against them.