America is rapidly becoming an absentee-father society, with approximately 25 percent of children under the age of eighteen raised without a father. Although the rate of divorce may be declining, over 40 percent of all babies born in the U.S. are born to unwed mothers. And the statistics in the Church are not much better.
Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, most pastors, congregations, and denominations have changed their historic convictions and positions on divorce, remarriage, and cohabitation. The growing feminist movement has pressured the culture to deem men, masculinity, and fathers as unnecessary, undermining both family and fatherhood.
In response to the cultural degradation, this is a call to pastors and men to take responsibility.
Rather than the usual culture-war analysis, Hearts of the Fathers responds with the heavenly Father’s diagnosis and prescription for the problem, leading to both a temporal and eternal legacy that lasts.
Malachi 4 frames the danger and consequences of fatherlessness as far more serious than either politician or pastor has been truly willing to consider. Hearts of the Father passionately responds to the Father’s end-time warning that the hearts of the fathers will never truly turn toward their children, nor will the hearts of the children turn toward their fathers, until the hearts of the fathers truly turn back to the heavenly Father. As French author Abbé Prévost wrote, “The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” And a heart for God will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.
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