By Julia and CJ
The Old and New Testament are both Gods word, both tell us that our blessings and Salvation come to those who fear the Lord. God blesses those who fear him.
Now Merriam Webster lists as #3 this definition of fear:
“Profound reverence and awe especially toward God”.
God’s word warns His people of judgements when we fail to obey His word, when we push Him aside, when we lose the fear of God.
Christ said it best in Matthew 10:
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Yet new agers and the fallen church teach the opposite.
Bible Study Tools posts John Gills commentary on this verse, here is a snippet of what he writes:
“This is a description of God, and of his power, who is able to do that which men are not: all that they can do, by divine permission, is to kill the body; but he is able to “destroy”, that is, to torment and punish both body and soul “in hell”
Pastors are few that still teach this fear of God. And the fallen church and New Agers want this removed. Teaching there is no hell, no fear of rejecting God. If this were the case then Christ’s death and resurrection was for nothing. Yes God loves all and wants none to perish that’s why He sent His Son! But there is dire consequences for rejecting or denying Him. People, Pastors and youth Pastors refuse to teach this citing that people would be afraid and it would dwindle their numbers of congregants. This is fact as it was told to me multiple times in person. Christians who abide in the fear of God are labeled as fear mongers.
Its time to remember what’s important and what we are commanded.
Bible Bulletin Board posts Dr. Charles Spurgeons sermon in 1906 about fear of God:
“But, dear friends, there is another fear that ought to be cultivated,—the reverential fear which the holy angels, feel when they worship God, and behold his glory;—that gracious fear which makes them veil their faces with their wings as they adore the Majesty on high. There is also the loving fear which every true, right-hearted child has towards its father,-a fear of grieving so tender a parent,—a proper feeling of dread which makes it watch its every footstep, lest, in the slightest degree, it should deviate from the path of absolute obedience.”
The Blue Letter Bible posts a sermon from 1897 by Dr. Spurgeon on fear, here is a snippet of that:
Fear misused, thou art the Christian’s greatest curse, and thou art the sinner’s ruin. Thou art a sly serpent, creeping amongst the thorns of sin, and when thou art allowed to twist thyself around manhood, thou dost crush it in thy folds, and poison it with thy venom. Nothing can be worse than this sinful fear; it hath slaughtered its myriads and sent thousands to hell. But yet it may seem a paradox; fear, when rightly employed, is the very brightest state of Christianity, and is used to express all piety, comprehended in one emotion. “The fear of God” is the constant description which the Scripture gives of true religion.”
The fleshly mind makes a person think they are invincible and above God, and the fear of God is not even an option with them. People fear other people even more than God, but to do so brings a snare to our soul!” The fear of man bringeth a snare:but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe”(Proverbs 29:25).
God is the only power in the earth and scripture teaches us we are as the grass and the flower which blooms for a time then withers away. Even if others oppress us and seem powerful, it is the Lord who is almighty and it is not us who has the ability to destroy(Isaiah 51:12-13).
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.