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What is the responsibility of a dad that has step kids is it his full responsibility to take care of them even though you have no authority to correct them scriptures would be nice or reference from some books

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Not much, if any, is said in the Bible regarding the matter. The ideal is for all to stay married, and there would be no step-kids. This makes a grey area, with much room for opinion. I am afraid that is all I can give.

Here is what I see. A man (or woman) agrees to take the job of spouse for the other parent. If legitimate, that makes him/her one flesh with the parent as surely as if he/she was the other birth parent. You become responsible for the other portions of the needs of the child, e.g., food, clothing, and shelter. It is impossible to have responsibility without authority. This is covered in about any leadership course you may take. I believe the step-parent should have full and equal authority over a child as that of a natural parent.

With that said, it is opinion and a grey area. I see a need, also, to discuss this before marriage; just as you would discuss finances.

From my perspective, if you pre-discuss all of the areas that commonly produce problems in a marriage, you are less likely to have problems when the circumstances arise. You are not caught by surprise with the way the other reacts.

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Marvin Howard

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I consider myself to be a "doctrine specialist" if there is such a thing. I offer scripture to support or refute (as needed) any doctrine practiced within what is commonly termed "Christianity" today. I am willing to try questions on prophecy and history, though they are weak points. I have learned a little, however. Also, as I am disabled, I have time to research many things. For example, I can find a congregation of the church within twenty miles of your ZIP Code if one exists. If traveling, I can locate a congregation for your visit. I am accountable in this ministry to a group of Christians. I will share my answers with them for review. If a question is private, I will redact the names for privacy.

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I became a Christian on April 7, 1969. I have been a substitute, spur-of-the-moment preacher for thirty years. My last pulpit was with the congregation in Braswell, GA. My sermons have always contained at least fifty percent scripture. On occasion, I have preached in seven states, and four foreign nations. This is beside my online ministry. I am now, officially retired.

I hope to never mislead anyone saying I'm a member of one group, when I'm really in another as one here does. By his own admission, he isn't a member of the church, but of the "Christian Church" (sic) denomination. If I can be honest, I don't know why others would want to lie.

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Having already acquired significant Bible education from self-study, I attended 1.5 years of Bible college through the church at Dyersburg, TN (before my health waned) in an attempt to get paper to say I know what I know.

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