Hyper-grace cult teachers use the ‘Father’ imagery to say this in-effect: “You can never stop being God’s child even if you are stubborn in sin till you die!”
Yes, God is like the loving earthly fathers! Prophet Hosea recorded this in a heart-touching way: “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. The more they were called the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols” (Hos. 11:2). Fathers hold the hands of their kids teaching them to walk, and God did the same with his Spiritual child, Israel (Hos. 12:3). Fathers chase naughty, active crawling kids and bend down to feed food to them and God did the same with Israel (Hos. 11:4). God as a Father want to give another chance to sinning Israel (Hos. 11:8-9). He wanted to deal in love and not in wrath. But since Israel stubbornly held on to sin, the same loving God became an attacking/punishing/judging Lion/Leopard/Bear! The same author talks about it (Hosea 13:7-8). Let us embrace both the images of God – the one in Hosea 11 (loving father) and in Hosea 13 (attacking wild animal).
But God the Father is NOT like the earthly fathers! His accusation to us is this: “Somehow you got the idea that I was like you!” (Psa. 50:21, The Voice).
God is the Holy Father (John 17:11) who disciplines us and enables us, so that we become holy – something without which we can’t see God (Heb. 12:5-6,14).
– Duke Jeyaraj