International Fellowship of Covenant Churches & Ministries - "Strengthening Leaders Through Mentorship and Impartation"

The Pursuit Of A Spiritual Father
 (Excerpt taken from the new book, “Pursuing My Father” by Bishop Dr. Siva Moodley)

Rev. Luther Barnes congratulates Bishop Coleman during the 50 Years In The Making Celebration“And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.” (2Kings 2:1-2)
“And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.” (2Kings 2:4)
“And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.” (2Kings 2:6)

Sons (Daughters) pursue their fathers. It is not the other way around. In the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), we see that the father never went after his prodigal son, encouraging him to return home. Instead the father prayed and waited for the son to come to his senses (Luke 15:17). Then and only then would he have his son back. Now the older son was also a prodigal. Although the older son stayed with his father, he never had a covenant relationship with his father and thus could not understand the heart of his father. How true this is today of many who attend church and are angry/disappointed with leaders/pastors.  If this makes your skin crawl - well get ready, we are going to nail that flesh to the cross.
Sons (Daughters) pursue fathers and not the other way around. Sometimes when people leave a church, they expect their spiritual fathers to come running after them. That is witchcraft.  I used to do that as a young pastor, until God called me aside and rebuked me. “They have walked away from my Presence in rebellion. This ministry is the very essence of my Glory. Why do you pursue them? They have not left you but Me!” He said.  When the times comes to leave a ministry (for example when one is relocating to another city), the correct approach is to be released by that spiritual father, with his blessings.

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (Heb 13:17)

They are many who have left a church in rebellion, wounding their spiritual fathers, and now expect God to bless them. In our technology driven world, some send emails, informing their fathers that they have left, while others just don't bother. Yet when you were in need these spiritual fathers stood with you, prayed for you and encouraged you. As a father to many pastors across the country, I have comforted many wounded church leaders.
In the natural, when a son or daughter, leave the home of their biological parents, they often inform their parents in advance to get their blessing. When children unknowing leave, we say they have eloped (in other words ran away in rebellion). The danger of being a Christian who has eloped is that you can bring demonic activity into your life:
Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. (Proverbs 17:13)
When King Saul undermined, and rebelled against the spiritual authority of his spiritual father, Prophet Samuel, God sent an evil spirit to him (1 Sam 16:14), in response to this scripture. Today, there are many who have evil spirits tormenting them because they are in rebellion to spiritual authority. We read from the story of Moses that the only way this evil can leave is if they get the blessing of the one we wounded (Numbers 12).
Sons (Daughters) pursue their fathers ….