Fathers are persons of influence. There is no denying it, and no getting around it.
The only question is: What is the quality of the influence of the father?
If you think back to the influence of your own father – what was the quality of hisinfluence? How interesting it is that every father has an individual influence that is critical to the nature of the family – and by extension – society. (And we KNOW God has designed the family specifically to be the building-block of every society in every culture.
So we understand as the father goes so goes society. The father, according to God’s design, is chiefly responsible for how a culture functions.
Think of Paul’s influence. On his third missionary journey, God has determined Paul to be so trustworthy he can handle the notoriety of having even his sweatbands employed as instruments of God’s power. Since Paul can be considered a Church father, (in only the best sense of the word,) what does that tell us about how God employed Paul’s humility to use common things touched by Paul to bring about great supernatural signs and wonders? Paul’s influence was as great as his humility would allow. His humility was great, and so was his influence. Fathers take notice.
Then there was also a father by the name of Sceva. It is notable he is said the be a Chief Priest in the synagogue at Ephesus. This would have placed him at the head of the local Jewish society in the same way Paul may have been regarded as a head of ‘church’ society. Sceva would have been a man of powerful influence in that culture. We get insight into what his influence was in the lives of his own sons. (There were seven of them.)
Sceva’s sons were completely unknown to the enemy. They were no threat to Satan’s kingdom on earth, and therefore they had drawn no notice from Satan. (This by the way, tells us much about the limits of Satan’s power.) Here they were attempting to draw the same acclaim as Paul, (acclaim Paul could handle which they could not.) Why would they attempt to do what they had seen Paul do? What was their motive? Here’s the problem: they were attention-seekers. They were attempting to receive the notice of men. This was the example and influence of Sceva upon his sons. They were attention-seekers as he had been, rather that earnest servants of God. Had Sceva been a servant of God, his sons would have been well-known in Satan’s kingdom.