It is against the Bible to call pastors daddy, father – Reno Omokri

Former Special Assistant to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokri, has dished out advice to pastors.


Omokri noted it was now a norm in a lot of ministries where followers refer to spiritual leaders and pastors as ‘father or ‘daddy.’

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Omokri, on his Instagram page @ Reno Omokri reminded pastors and ministers the need to stop encouraging such as it was against the Bible.

He wrote: “Pastors who allow congregants call them ‘father/daddy’ should consider what Jesus said 2000 years ago in Matthew 23:9.

“And do not call anyone on earth ‘father’ for you have one father and he is in heaven,” he added.




  1. The next statement in that verse 9 equally ruled out any other titles because it says all of you are brothers. And that no one should exult himself, that whosoever exult himself will be humbled. Pastors, reverend, most senior evangelist, etc all violate this injunction. The standard in true christian congregation is brother and sister, beyond that amount to self exaltation.

  2. This man please leave bible and face politics, because that is your call. So many things the bible talked about was referring to particular situation as at the time Jesus declared them. i.e.
    1. Matt. 23:10: Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
    Eph. 6:5: Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
    2. Matt. 23:9: And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
    Eph. 6:1: Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
    Mark 11:10:Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
    1 Tim. 5:1:Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; 2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

    • The guy just went to fizzle out a verse that possibly questions his pride! He is a man of ego…how does that add to your Christian journey other than leading you to hell…give honour to whom honour is due…Read your Bible thoroughly before condemning, hypocrite!

  3. Get knowledge , get wisdom . Stop reading bible on face value, stop interpreting Bible with your small brain. Read and ask God for what he is saying to you , not just using them to cause confusion. As a matter of fact when people say thinks like ‘ it is against the bible’ it simply tells me that such people don’t have understanding of God’s Word. Nothing can be against the bible , it can only be against the word of God. Bible is a book where the word of God can be found. If I see someone as a father to me, I will call him father. That is different to seeing such person as a God. Mr special assistant please study your word for yourself and don’t confuse other people . Thank you .

  4. Give honour to whom honour is due. Calling a pastor or reverend a father does not connote debasing or despising God. Only that you must not see them as your gods.

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