FEAR OF THE LORD:
What do the churches say?
What does the Bible Say?
The apostate world system (which includes the apostate churches and the satanic “discernment ministries”) have engaged in a make-over of Christianity. One of the areas where this face-lift is most noticeable is the phrase “the fear of God” or “the fear of the LORD.”
The apostates teach that the fear of God is not a real fear. They spend hours upon hours teaching that it is an “awe” or a “reverence.” And the fear of the Lord DOES include awe and reverence.
But it also includes a healthy dose of FEAR–just exactly as the Bible declares.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:”
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
“by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.”
A good example of the “new doctrines” is this answer to the question, “What does it mean to have the fear of God?” found at a popular question-and-answer site.
For the unbeliever, the fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God (Luke 12:5; Hebrews 10:31). For the believer, the fear of God is something much different. The believer’s fear is reverence of God.
This is the new, popular teaching.
It is also wrong.
We can know that it is wrong by consulting the Bible. Isaiah 2:19 is one example of what the fear of the LORD really is.
“And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.”
Okay, this is the fear of the LORD for unbelievers.
But we can know that the fear of the LORD is referring to a healthy fear FOR BELIEVERS by referring to what Jesus said. Jesus is VERY specific of what fear means. He refers to “being afraid,” not in awe or reverence.
“And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”
Luke is very succinct and precise in his account.
So that NONE would misunderstand, Jesus added at the end “yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”
Once more: The fear of the LORD is the fear of the LORD.
Yes, we have reverence and awe and are overwhelmed with the sheer power and majesty of God Almighty. But in all of that, there will be a real fear of such power and might and supreme holiness.
Anyone who tells the reader differently is attempting to sell something.
And that something is not very pleasant.
- The Many Layers of End Times Deception: Deception in the Church
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- Discernment Inc: Servicing the Apostate Churches
- Outsourcing Discernment: The Hegelian Dialectic and Discernment Inc
- Discerning Discernment Ministries: Every Day is a Joel Osteen Day
- Discipleship: Jesus vs The Apostate Churches
- Workers of Iniquity: Deceiving and Deceived
- Satan’s Signs and Lying Wonders of the End Times
- Satan Has Counterfeited the Christian Church
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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22 thoughts on “Fear of the LORD: Fear is Fear”
Yes, fear the Lord, be terribly afraid, for we must all give an account of ourselves to Him.
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. 2 Corinthians 5:8-11
God bless us.
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