National Directors: Pastor James H. Neely and First Lady Margaret Neely

"Holiness is a Family Responsibility"

If God’s Word is central in your life, it also must be central in your family/household.
"For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him." Genesis 18:19 (KJV)

How much care is taken by parents today to teach the principles of the Gospel in their homes? Consider Abraham's character and example. He not only prayed with his family, but he was very careful to teach and guide them. Those who expect family blessings must be aware of family duty. Holiness is a way of life.
"15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." 1 Peter1:15, 16 (KJV)

Take notice of the two similar statements below. They encourage parents to lead the way for their household. The first statement was written 25 years ago (October 1990) by our Chairman, Bishop Patrick L. Frazier, Jr. The second statement was written about 191 years ago by a French moralist, Joseph Joubert. (1754-1824).

Statement 1:
Bishop P.L. Frazier Jr. stated,

"Christian education is a vitally important parental responsibility. Active participation in church and Sunday school can contribute much to the spiritual sensitivity of children. Christian education that takes place in the home is even more important. Not only should parents teach scriptural content and concepts in their children, but also they should model the Christian life before their children. Children are more apt to assimilate what they see than what they hear."
(Frazier, Jr., Bishop Patrick L, "Introducing the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas, A Study Manual", Editor/Author/ Compiler (October 1990): pp.95.)

Statement 2:
Joseph Joubert, stated,
"Children need models rather than critics."
(Joubert, Joseph, "Debate, THOUGHT FOR TODAY", The Gaston Gazette, (January 22, 2015): pp. 4A.)

The emphasis on "imitation" acknowledges the importance that role modeling plays in the learning process for children. What kind of role model are you to your family?

To learn more about what Bishop Frazier, Jr. wrote concerning the family, read his entire article, "Family Ministry" found in the manual, "Introducing the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas, A Study Manual", Part 3, Our Walk & Our Work", Family Ministry, written by Bishop Patrick L. Frazier, Jr., Editor/Author/Compiler (October 1990): pp. 93 — 95.

NOTE: The Study Manual can be found on the FBH Church website at

Pastor James and Sis Margaret Neely
National Family Life Education Directors