Should FEAR Motivate Someone To Become a Christian?

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Not so very long ago, a discussion was entered into which addressed whether FEAR was an appropriate reason for a person to become a Christian.

There seemed to be TWO sides to this discussion and it did not appear (from the sound of things) that the two different sides would reach an  agreement.

SIDE #1 seemed to think that FEAR was HIGHLY EFFECTIVE for causing people to become Christians.

SIDE #2 seemed to think that FEAR was unseemly and that LOVE should triumph ALWAYS over FEAR as a reason to become a CHRISTIAN.

After listening to both sides spar without landing a knockout blow, one listener related a conversation he had witnessed years before in a church.

“This reminds me of something I saw a few years back at a church.  A guy and a girl were kinda having the same conversation that is happening here.

“The girl said, ‘Fear and being afraid will cause a LOT of folks to become Christians in the last days.’

“The guy spoke up, ‘Being afraid of something never made ME become a Christian.’

“The girl very quickly responded, ‘You were afraid of going to hell, weren’t you?’

“The guy thought for a second and admitted, ‘I’m wrong.  You’re right: I WAS afraid of going to hell.’”

That discussion from not-so-long-ago continued without one side getting the best of the other.  HOWEVER, no one brought up the many times the Bible talks about the desirability of someone having a FEAR OF THE LORD.

“Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.”
–Leviticus 19:14

“Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God.”
–Leviticus 25:17

“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.”
–Deuteronomy 8:6

“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.”
–Psalm 19:9

“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”
–Psalm 34:7

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
–Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
–Proverbs 9:10

“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.”
–Proverbs 16:6

There are dozens of additional Bible verses which advise the reader to maintain a FEAR of the LORD.

Why FEAR the LORD?

Jesus had the answer to that question, as related in Luke 12:4-5.

“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.”

The reader should notice that Jesus used the word “afraid” when speaking of a FEAR of the LORD. This should put to rest all of the church wolves who try and make FEAR of the LORD into an AWE of the LORD.

FEAR is FEAR.

And so, all things considered, it would seem that THE RIGHT TYPE OF FEAR is a MORE than appropriate reason to become a Christian.

“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. “
–Proverbs 29:25

DOES the reader have a FEAR of the LORD?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: April 12, 2021.]

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