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Fearing God

The Key to the


Treasure House of Heaven
by
Dr. Robert Morey
Copyright 1999 Robert A. Morey. Distributed by Davidson Press, Inc.

Table of Contents
Part 1: A Modern Analysis of the Fear of God
Lesson 1: What Has Happened
Lesson 2: The Liberalization of Christianity
Lesson 3: The Feminization of the Clergy
Lesson 4: The World Molding the Church
Part 2: The Importance of Fearing God
Lesson 5: How Important Is It?
Lesson 6: The Importance of Wisdom

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Table of Contents
Part 3: The Nature of Fearing God
Lesson 7: The Vocabulary of Fearing God
Lesson 8: The Meanings of Fearing God
Part 4: The Origins of Fearing God
Lesson 9: Why We Should Fear God
Lesson 10: The Terror of the Lord
Part 5: The Results of Fearing God
Lesson 11: The Blessings of Fearing God

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Introduction
Have I ever resisted the temptation to sin
because I feared the wrath of God?
Will God really judge me if I cheat on my
wife or husband?
Does the God I worship ever get upset or
angry with me because of my sins?
Does God really punish people today?
Does the idea of fearing God ever enter my
mind?

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Introduction

Some common objections:


You are asking me to think negatively
about God.
Since God is love, the idea of fearing Him
never crosses my mind.
Why would I fear sweet Jesus, meek and
mild?
He would never do anything to hurt me.

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Introduction

When the average born-again Christian


does not fear the Lord, things have gotten
completely out of hand.
Adultery and divorce are as common
among church goers as in the world.
Immorality, drugs and wickedness can be
found today in our families, churches,
Bible colleges and seminaries.
But this was not always so.

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Introduction

Evangelicals used to be called a Godfearing people.


Now, adultery and divorce are as common
among church goers as in the world.
Church discipline was swift and sinners
were rebuked for their wickedness.
When a pastor fell into adultery and
divorce, he left the ministry in disgrace.

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Introduction

Today, we tolerate pastors who have gone


through the cycle of adultery and divorce
two or three times.
When one pastor was caught on video
tape entertaining hookers at a cheap
motel, he is not only still pastoring his
church, but back on TV as if there was
nothing wrong!

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Introduction
Pauls condemnation, There is no fear of
God before their eyes (Romans 3:18), was
originally aimed at unbelievers to explain
why unbelievers were going to suffer the
eternal wrath of God in hell.
It would have come as a complete surprise
to the apostle Paul to find that his
condemnation now describes the church as
well as the world.

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Introduction

The fear of the Lord is the missing note in


Evangelical theology today.
There have been no major works on this
subject in this century.
The last full book on the fear of God was
written by John Bunyan in A.D. 1688!
The last popular systematic theology text
to devote an entire chapter to fearing God
was John Gills Body of Divinity (1770).

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Introduction

The textbooks used by most Christian


colleges and seminaries do not teach the
fear of the Lord.
An entire generation of pastors and
missionaries have never been taught the
fear of God.
They, in turn, have never taught the
people of God that the Lord should be
feared as well as loved.

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Introduction
Is

it any wonder then that Christians are


no longer referred to as God-fearing
people?
Indeed, who today views himself or
herself as God-fearing?
Do you?

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Introduction
We have

moved so far away even from


the idea of fearing God that the very
words God-fearing seem strange to our
ears.
Most Christians today assume that
fearing God is no longer necessary.
This situation cannot and must not be
allowed to continue.
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Introduction
The fear of the Lord is absolutely necessary
for the spiritual health of our nation, our
churches and our families as well as for our
personal lives.
Any nation, church, family or individual that
ceases to fear the Lord will fall into gross
sins.

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Introduction
The positive effects of fearing God are many.
The blessings that come our way as we fear
the Lord benefit the individual, the family, the
church, and the nation.
What it means to fear the Lord and how to put
it into practice in our daily lives is the focus of
this study.
May God use it to revive the fear of the Lord
in our day.

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Part One
A Modern
Analysis
of the Fear of
God
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What Has Happened

The entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation


is filled with commands to fear the Lord.
In the Old Testament, the fear of God was
viewed as the fundamental attitude of the
believer to his God.
In the New Testament, the fear of God is
taught from Matthew to Revelation.

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What Has Happened

In the Gospels, the fear of God played a


significant role in the life and teachings of
Christ.
Stop being afraid of those who kill the
body but cant kill the soul. Instead, be
afraid of the one who can destroy both
body and soul in hell.
Matt. 10:28 (ISV)

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What Has Happened

The fear of God was preached as part of the


early Churchs proclamation of mans duty
to God.
As [the church] continued to be built up
and to live in the fear of the Lord, it kept
increasing in numbers through the
encouragement of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 9:31 (ISV)

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What Has Happened

The Apostle Paul viewed sanctification as


taking place in the context of the fear of
God.
Since we have these promises, dear
friends, we should cleanse ourselves from
everything that contaminates body and
spirit by perfecting holiness in the fear of
God.
2 Corinthians 7:1 (ISV)

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What Has Happened

The Apostle Peter commanded all men to


fear God.
Show honor to everyone. Keep on loving
the brothers, fearing God, and honoring
the king.
1 Peter 2:17
(ISV)

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What Has Happened

Heaven itself is filled with the glorious hymn


that all nations should fear the Lord.

Your deeds are spectacular and amazing,


Lord God Almighty.
Your ways are just and true, King of the nations.
Lord, who wont fear and praise your name?
For you alone are holy,
and all the nations will come and worship you
because your judgments have been revealed.
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What Has Happened

Historically, the fear of God has always


been a part of the historic Christian
understanding of God.
From the Apostolic Fathers to our
countrys Pilgrim Fathers, the fear of God
was a part of fundamental Christian belief
and practice.
Our Puritan and Pilgrim Fathers delighted
in the fear of the Lord.

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What Has Happened

Before the 1770s, the average person


mostly held to a Puritan view of God who
was:
Aggressive in rewarding saints and
punishing sinners.
Not a wimp or pushover.
A righteous and holy God who would not
let sin go unpunished.
Holy as well as loving.

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What Has Happened

The God of the Puritans and Pilgrims:


Was worthy to be feared.
Was mighty to save.
Was mighty to judge.
Held all people accountable for the way
they lived.
Would one day judge all people for their
sins.

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What Has Happened

The God of the Puritans and Pilgrims:


Was

enthroned in the heavens.


Laughed at the puny efforts of rebel
sinners to throw off His sovereign rule.
His justice would be fully vindicated by His
divine judgment on Judgment Day.

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What Has Happened


To the Puritans and Pilgrims,
Hell was not an empty threat.
Heaven was not an empty dream.
There was a hell to shun and a heaven to
gain.
The fear of God was the soul and substance
of the Gospel.
Salvation made sense only upon the
assumption of the fear of God.

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What Has Happened

The Great Awakening was the greatest


revival in American history.
Its most famous sermon was Sinners in
the Hands of An Angry God by Jonathan
Edwards.
Revival broke out in Edwards church on
the day the sermon was preached.
Before it ended, the revival turned
America into a church-going nation.

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What Has Happened

Have you ever heard preaching like


Edwards today?
We are more likely to hear God in the
Hands of Angry Sinners.
In Edwards day, people in general
believed that God would indeed punish
people for the evil they do.
This meant that sinners must prepare to
meet their God.

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What Has Happened

The Puritans and Pilgrims did not deny the


love of God.
They had a profound understanding of the
love of God that exceeds the cheap love
so often preached today.
Gods wrath was the black velvet pillow on
which the jewel of divine love shined its
brightest.
Wrath always forms the context of love.
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What Has Happened

In the third chapter of John, we find the


most well known verse in the Bible:
For this is how God loved the world: He
gave his unique Son so that everyone
who believes In him would not perish but
have eternal life.
John 3:16 (ISV)

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What Has Happened

But with the message of Gods gracious gift


is the message of Gods wrath:
The one who believes in the Son has
eternal life, but the one who disobeys the
Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of
God remains on him.
John 3:36 (ISV)

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What Has Happened


What if you do not fear the wrath of God?
You will not appreciate the love of God.
Thats why cheap grace and cheap love
are so popular today.
The fear of God is not limited to conversion.
It is the foundation for holy living.
It is a sign of spiritual maturity and depth.
Its lack shows immaturity & shallowness.

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What Has Happened

To conclude:
When a nation or a church no longer
fears God, iniquity and lawlessness will
abound.
The only real and lasting cure for violence
and crime in modern society is a return to
the biblical understanding for the fear of
God.

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The Liberalization of Christianity

The demise of the fear of God can be traced


back to two mega-shifts during the 18th
and 19th centuries.
A mega-shift is a radical change that
alters a culture or society to such a
degree that it becomes something new
and different.

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The Liberalization of Christianity

The Industrial Revolution moved people


from the rural areas to the inner city.
Churches were few and attendance was
meager.
An entire generation grew up that had
never to church to hear the Gospel.
People lost any sense of the fear of God.
They sinned and cursed God while doing
so.

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The Liberalization of Christianity

Darwinianism
The theory of evolution gave people the
excuse to live as they pleased.
It led to secular humanism, which denied
there was a God to fear.
It led to Marxism and Nazism, which
sought to destroy the Church and its
Gospel.

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The Liberalization of Christianity

The Churchs Condition


The Church became more interested in
buildings, numbers, and money.
The Church failed to teach the whole
counsel of God.
Confessions, creeds and catechisms were
laid aside in the vain pursuit of carnal goals.
Churches became places of entertainment
instead of repentance and conversion.

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The Liberalization of Christianity

The Root Cause


Religious liberalism in the 19th century
caused of the demise of the fear of God.
Liberal theology proclaimed that there
was nothing in God to fear.
It paved the way for the triumph of secular
humanism and Darwinianism.
Charles Spurgeon stood virtually alone
against the tide of liberalism.

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A typical
n
n
n

n
n

sermon outline from the time:


Is there a hell? No!
God is too loving for divine judgment.
God is the Father of all mankind; all men
are His children; all men are brothers.
If there is a heaven, we are all going
there.
Hell cannot exist with a loving God.
God is all love; there is nothing to fear.

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The

God of liberalism was pictured as being


so loving that He would never hurt a fly.
Because He would never damn anyone, hell
was an empty threat.
The denial of eternal punishment became
the theological fad of the day.
Because God was viewed as sensitive,
compassionate, tender, loving and kind,
there was nothing left in God to fear.
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The Liberalization of Christianity


The

hard attributes of God were rejected.


n Gone was His power.
n Gone was His holiness.
n Gone was His righteousness.
n Gone was His judgment.
n Gone were any other threatening
attributes.
Only the soft attributes of Gods love and
mercy remained.
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The Liberalization of Christianity

The Feminization of God


The feminization of God began in the 19th
century when God was reduced to a
sentimental blob of love.
People began praying to the Mother
God instead of God the Father.
n Mary Baker Eddy and Mother-God.
n Feminist Mary Daly called for the
castration of the Father and the Son!

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The Liberalization of Christianity

From New Thought to New Age


The feminization of God became part of
the 19th century New Thought movement.
New Thought became the New Age by
the end of the 20th century
The teachings of both were embraced by
liberal theologians who now control most
seminaries and colleges in mainline
Protestant denominations.

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The Liberalization of Christianity

A Word of Clarification
We believe in all of Gods attributes,
whether hard or soft.
We object to the assumption that His
hard attributes should be ignored or
rejected.
We object to reshaping God, the Bible,
Jesus, the clergy, preaching or the
Church to reflect only soft attributes.

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The Liberalization of Christianity


We reject

references to Gods hard


attributes as male qualities which are to
be rooted out of our understanding of
God.
We reject references to Gods soft
attributes as feminine qualities which
need to be emphasized in order for us to
feel good about God.
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The Liberalization of Christianity

Mother or Father
Feminist theologians claim that referring
to God as Father hurts the self-image of
women.
If true, then would not referring to God as
Mother hurt the self-image of men?
If true, men and women would have to
worship different deities.

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The Liberalization of Christianity


God

cannot be reduced to what makes us


feel warm and fuzzy.
The attempt to create a goddess or god in
our image is futile and blasphemous.
We must accept God as He has chosen
to reveal Himself to us or we are guilty of
gross idolatry.

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The Liberalization of Christianity

The Feminization of Jesus


The feminization of Jesus began in the
19th century.
Famous painting depicted Him as a weak,
effeminate, white European male with
long hair set in a womanly manner.
None of these portrayals looked like
someone who could survive 40 days in a
wilderness without food.

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Jesus

was no longer viewed as someone


who was so strong and virile that He
commanded the allegiance of other men.
He did not look like someone who had been
a carpenter from the days of his youth.
He did not look like someone who was
strong enough to knock over the tables of
the money changers and drive them out of
the Temple.
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He

was not the kind of man who was


likely to throw anyone into hell.
He was depicted as an effeminate while
male whose appearance was not
threatening.
One liberal California church proudly
displays a portrait of Jesus as a white,
long-haired, blond, blue-eyed California
surfer; hardly the God of Isaiah 9:6.
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The Liberalization of Christianity

The Feminization of Hymns


The hymns of the Christian Church were
strong in doctrine and majestic in style.
They emphasized Gods:
n Sovereignty
n Power
n Judgment
n Love and Mercy

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Beginning

in the 19th century, hymns


were marked by:
n Romantic terminology
n Gushy sentimentality
n Erotic expressions
Many were written by single Christian
women who were fantasizing a romantic
love to Jesus which was clearly sexual in
nature.
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Hymns Before 1900

Deep doctrinal content


Majestic in style
Terms of praise
Gratitude for salvation
Expressions of worship
What God has done,
He has done out of
grace for His glory

Hymns After 1900

Shallow in content
Sloppy in style
Terms of romance
Gushy sentimentality
Expressions of eroticism
What God has done,
He has done for me
because He values me

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The Liberalization of Christianity


The

Greek word agape (and sometimes


phileo) is used for our love for God and
Christ.
The Greek word eros is NEVER used of
our love for God and Christ.
Jesus in NOT our male lover.
Any hymn which expresses a romantic
love to Him borders on blasphemy.
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The Feminization of Christianity


As a liberal view of God swept through
Protestant churches, the men stopped
going to church because religion was for
men and women.
To be like Jesus was to not fight for what
was right.
Careers in police work or the military were
abandoned to unbelievers.

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The Liberalization of Christianity


Novels

of the period such


as Mark Twains Tom
Sawyer pictured religion as
something fit only for the
Aunt Pollys of the world.

Real

men could safely


ignore going to church.

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A Mega-shift
Gods holiness and wrath became
eclipsed by His love and mercy.
The same changes in mainline Protestant
churches is happening today in
evangelical seminaries, colleges and
churches.
Are we to worship the God of Scripture or
the goddess of modern liberalism?

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Conclusion: What is your view of Jesus?


Is He sweet or strong?
Is He commanding or meek and mild?
Is He Judge of all the earth or my friend?
Would He take a whip and throw the
moneychangers out of the temple or would
He say, Cant we just all get along?
Would He throw unrepentant sinners into
hell or forgive their sin without repentance?

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The Feminization of the Clergy

Masculine Pastors
Before the feminization of Christianity,
pastors were:
n Soldiers
n Judges
n Mayors
n Hunters
n Pioneers

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Throughout

church history, many pastors


died in battle defending their home, their
church and their nation.
n Swiss Reformer Swingli
n Oliver Cromwell
n John Owen
n Washingtons Generals
The Puritan pastor shared a common life
with the men of his congregation.
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Feminized Pastors
With the rise of religious liberalism, the role
of pastors was feminized.
n It became unseemly for a clergyman to
hunt or fish, fight in a war, or hold public
office.
n He was restricted to the parlor to read
poetry with the Ladies Literary Society.
n He was sweet and no longer respected.

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The Feminization of the Clergy


Pastors

were held up to ridicule.


They were depicted as wearing fancy
clothes and spending their time going to
teas for bored women.
During the Civil War, for the first time in
American history, clergymen were
forbidden by law from fighting on the front
lines with their men.
They were sent to the rear with the women.
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The Feminization of the Clergy


A number

of states even passed laws


forbidding clergymen from holding public
office.
This was in stark contrast to Colonial
America:
n Cotton MatherMayor and Judge
n Pastors were Generals and Officers
Separation of Church and State was
redefined to mean Clergy Stay Out.
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The Feminization of the Clergy

Sissy Sermons
As the role of clergy became more
effeminate in character, sermons began to
change.
Bold, strong, virile doctrinal preaching gave
way to soothing sermons and quite talks
on love.
People didnt want sermons to make them
think; they wanted to feel warm and happy.

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The Feminization of the Clergy


To raise

your voice or pound on the pulpit


became no longer acceptable.
The use of logic and argumentation in
sermons was frowned upon.
Seminary students were told not to be
bold, authoritative or doctrinal in their
preaching.
Today, a strong pastor will be accused of
being prideful, unloving, or insensitive.
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The Feminization of the Clergy


The

glory of God and biblical truth have


been eclipsed by church growth
techniques that focus on the felt needs
of the people in the community.
Giving people what they want has
become more important than obeying
God and preaching the truth.

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Lesbian Pastors
Feminist and lesbian pastors have been
ordained in liberal denominations.
n Lead On, O Queen Eternal
n Our Mother, which art in heaven
Masculinity is under attack, so men leave.
Neuter gender hymnals and prayer
books have replaced traditional works.

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The Feminization of the Clergy

The Return of the Goddess


At one Boston church, over 400 women
met to worship Diana of Ephesus.
n They proclaimed that the biblical view
of God as Father is now dead.
n They proclaimed that the time had
come to worship the ancient pagan
goddesses, such as Diana.
There is no fear of God before their eyes.

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Conclusion
The fear of God vanished as God, Jesus,
the clergy, hymns, the church and
preaching were liberalized and feminized.
The liberals have already emptied their
churches. Should we allow them to empty
ours as well?
We must stand up to the PC crowd and
proclaim the fear of the Lord once again.

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The World Molding the Church

The Apostle Paul has warned us:


Stop being conformed to this world, but
continue to be transformed by the
renewing of your minds so that you may
be able to determine what is Gods will
what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.
Romans 12:2 (ISV)

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Hell Fire Sermons


Most evangelicals believe in the
conscious torment in hell of unrepentant
believers, but it is rarely preached.
Liberal theologians view hell as unkind,
insensitive and morally repugnant.
The liberal media portray clergy who
preach hell as backwoods nut cases.

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The Raw Truth


We do not preach the doctrine of hell
because we are afraid of the mockers and
scoffers of this world.
We have allowed the world to squeeze us
into its mold.
The Apostle Peter warned us about this!

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First

of all you must understand this: In


the last days mockers will come and,
indulging in their own lusts, will ridicule us
by saying, What happened to his
promise to return? Ever since our
ancestors died, everything continues as it
did from the beginning of creation.
2 Peter 3:3-4 (ISV)

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Did

Peter or Paul stop preaching because


some people mocked? No!
n God is true, even if everyone else is a
liar.
Romans 3:4 (ISV)
When the frown of the world is more
influential than the frown of God, the fear
of the Lord needs to be revived.
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Whatever Happened to Sin?


The same liberalization of the church
made it unpopular to preach about sin.
The media portrays adulterers, rapists,
and child molesters not as sinners who
needs to repent, but as addicts who need
therapy.
We are told not to condemn them as
sinners but to feel their pain.

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Doctrinal Preaching Today


Doctrinal sermons have given way to
relational sermons which focus on the
feelings of man.
Any doctrine that might hurt someones
feelings is either denied or ignored.

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How to Alienate a Congregation in 14 Easy Steps
Just Preach These Time-Honored Topics

The man is the head of


his household.
His wife should submit
to his leadership.
Children should obey
their parents.
Criminals should be
punished.

The death penalty


should be used more
frequently.
We are not part of God.
We cannot be all that we
want to be.
We do not have infinite
potential.

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How to Alienate a Congregation in 14 Easy Steps
Just Preach These Time-Honored Topics

All things are not


possible with us.
Being positive will not
do much for you.
We are not all created
equal because some
people are smarter or
stronger than others.

Adultery and divorce


disqualify you for the
ministry.
The heathen are lost.
Young people need to be
fully accountable for their
actions by the age of 12
or 13.

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The Price of Discernment


When you point out all the false teachings
on popular Christian radio and TV
programs, you are:
n told to be quiet for the sake of unity
n called a trouble-maker
n labeled insensitive to feelings
n accused of pride and conceit

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The Church Growth Movement


Numbers, money, and buildings are the
only goals that count.
The New Testament is irrelevant when it
comes to the nature, structure and
programs of the local church.
We should take surveys in the community
and ask the heathen what they want to
hear and what sermon topics to preach.

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The
n

result:
We build a church that reflects the
counsel of the ungodly.
We ignore what the Bible says about
how a church is to be structured and
governed.
We place sociologists and surveys
above the word of the Apostles.

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I Will Build My Church


Jesus will build His Church His way.
Did the Apostles in the Book of Acts take
surveys of the heathen to see what they
wanted? No!
The New Testament tells us the nature
and structure of a local church.
The Bible is our rule of faith and practice,
not pragmatism.

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The Whole Counsel of God


Acts 20:27 tells us that the whole
counsel of God must be preached.
If the church growth movement is of God,
then why is the doctrine of hell never
preached?
n The heathen do not want to hear that
they are sinners under Gods wrath.
n They hate the very idea of repentance.

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The Cult of Happiness


When the fear of God is not preached,
Christians will not understand that their
purpose in life is to glorify God.
Happiness becomes the idol before which
all must bow.
It is time to tell people the truth: God is
more concerned with our holiness than
with our happiness.

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Come

close to God, and he will come


close to you. Cleanse your hands, you
sinners, and purify your hearts, you
double-minded. Be miserable, mourn, and
cry. Let your laughter be turned into
mourning, and your joy into gloom.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and
he will exalt you.
James 4:8-10 (ISV)

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Instead

of preaching that we exist for


Gods glory and that we are His servants,
we are told:
n God exists for our happiness.
n He is our servant.
n He is supposed to fetch and carry
wealth and health for us whenever we
name it and claim it.

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Dedicated to Jesus?
The Me First generation is not interested
in the personal sacrifice required to serve
Christ.
Have you ever heard a sermon calling upon
you to be totally surrendered to Christ?
We are told the Christian life is easy and
fun.
Morality and truth do not matter anymore.

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Let Us Entertain You


Because people no longer fear God,
many worship services are not centered
on the preaching of the Word.
As more entertainment is included in a
church service, the sermons get shorter
and more shallow.
Crowds come when the service is long on
entertainment and short on preaching.

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The End Result


Most evangelical Christians have never
heard a single sermon on fearing God.
Fear does not fit into the positive
thinking movement.
Fear is not politically correct.
How can you tell people to fear God when
we are trying to convince people that
Jesus will make them happy.

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If

we told people the truth that they should


fear the just judgment of Almighty Jesus,
we wont be able to con them into joining
our warm and fuzzy church where
everything is nice and sweet.
Like Esau, we have sold our birthright for
a bowl of mush.

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Conclusion
The Church at the beginning of the 21st
century, despite its wealth and power, is
desperately sick and weak.
Some men in the pulpits are more carnal
and immoral than the people in the pews.
Why? There is no fear of God before their
eyes.

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If

the Church is to regain its spiritual


strength and power, it must begin with the
fear of God.
Those who fear the Lord will depart from
evil.

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Part Two
The
Importance
of Fearing
God
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Training Children
The frequency of its mention in Scripture,
as compared to other aspects of piety,
reveals the importance of the fear of God.
We have to repeat things to our children
over and over in order for them to learn.
Why? This is human nature.
To fear God is the most repeated
admonition in Scripture.

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Some Common Admonitions in Scripture

Loving God

88 References
45 in OT; 43 in NT

Trusting God

91 References
82 in OT; 9 in NT

Fearing God

278 References
235 in OT; 43 in NT

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A Logical Conclusion
The fear of God is the predominant
response and fundamental attitude that
God desires toward:
n Himself
n His Word
n His Law
n His Name

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What We Are Not Saying


The Fear of God is NOT the ONLY way to
relate to God.
Loving God is not at issue. We must
relate to God in more than one way.
Loving God is not enough, according to
the Bible. We must fear Him, too.
Fearing God must be fundamental to our
relationship to God.

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The Psalms on Fearing God


There are 62 references to fearing God in
the Psalms alone.
Entire psalms are dedicated to the
blessings which come from fearing the
Lord.

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The Proverbs on Fearing God


In the Proverbs, the fear of God is
referred to 15 times as being the source
of wisdom, knowledge, discretion,
truthfulness and morality.
Thus the fear of the Lord should not be
limited to inner piety.
The fear of the Lord is practical and helps
us live a godly life in a sinful world.

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The

fear of God leads to wisdom.


n The ability to see things from Gods
viewpoint.
The fear of God leads to understanding.
n The ability to respond to what you have
seen according to Gods Word.

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The

fear of God is a fountain of life.


n The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
turning a man from the snares of
death.
Proverbs 14:27
Practical Stuff, Too
The fear of God leads to good sleep.
n The fear of the Lord leads to life. The
one who fears God can sleep satisfied,
untouched by evil. Proverbs 19:23
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The

fear of God is the key to the treasure


house of heaven.
n And He will be the sure foundation for
your times, a rich store of salvation,
wisdom and knowledge. The fear of
the Lord is the key to this treasure.
Isaiah 33:6

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A Defective Covenant
The Old Covenant could not provide a
redeemed heart to fear God.
It dealt with external things.
n Oh, that they had such a heart in them,
that they should fear Me, and keep all
my commandments always, that it may
be well with them and with their sons
forever!
Deut. 5:29

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A Superior Covenant
The New Covenant provides a redeemed
heart to fear God.
It deals with internal things.
n I will make a new covenant with the
house of Israel I will put my law
within them, and on their heart I will
write it. They shall all know me.
Jer. 31:31-33; 32:38

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The New Testament


The New Testament is the record of the
establishment of the New Covenant
through the person and work of Christ.
This New Covenant is a covenant of grace
through which God provides man with a
new heart to fulfill Gods OT promise.
Thus, the goal of the New Covenant is to
fear God.

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Liberals

claim that:
n The Old Testament God was a savage
and primitive god you had to fear.
n The New Testament did away with the
fear of God and substituted the love of
God in its place.
But the NT goal is to bring sinners into a
permanent relationship with God to fear
Him and keep His commandments.
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Some Common Admonitions in Scripture

Loving God

Trusting God

Fearing God

88 References
45 in OT; 43 in NT
91 References
82 in OT; 9 in NT
278 References
235 in OT; 43 in NT

The same number


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The Frequency of Mention


There are as many references to the fear
of God as there are to the love of God.
n So the church continued to be built
up and to live in the fear of the Lord, it
kept increasing in numbers through the
encouragement of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 9:31 (ISV)

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The Frequency of Mention


The fear of the Lord was the divinely
appointed means by which the early
church experienced peace and growth.
As they feared the Lord, the Spirit
comforted them.
Thus the fruit of the Spirit is rooted in the
fear of God.

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No Fear of God
The unsaved are described in Romans
3:10-18 as There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
When men no longer fear God, there is
no restraint upon their lusts.

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Conclusion
The fear of the Lord is the recognition that
God is holy as well as loving.
God is to be feared as well as trusted.
If we neglect the fear of God, we will suffer
in our spiritual life.
God has revealed Himself in Scripture and
to worship any other God than the One
revealed in Scripture is idolatry.

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The Beginning of Wisdom


A Popular Memory Verse
n The fear of the Lord is the beginning
of wisdom.
Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10
The word translated beginning in these
two verses are actually different words.

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The
n

beginning of wisdom in Ps 111:10


Re-sheet means the best or highest
quality.
n Exodus 23:19
n Amos 6:1
n 1 Samuel 15:21
n Ezekiel 48:14
n Proverbs 4:7

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The

beginning of wisdom in Prov. 9:10


n Te-chil-lah means the first in a
succession of things.
Conclusion
Fearing God is the first step to wisdom
and the chief aspect of wisdom.
It is the soul and substance of our
relationship to God.
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Part Three
The Nature
of Fearing
God
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The English word fear


does not tell us what kind of fear we are
to have.
does not indicate any specific attributes.
is not precise enough to convey the
richness of meanings of the various
biblical words for fearing God.
is not precise enough to tell us how to
relate to God.

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Old Testament Vocabulary

Goor: Stand in Awe


Stand in awe of Him, all you
descendants of Israel. Psalm 22:23
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand
in awe of Him. Psalm 33:8

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Old Testament Vocabulary

Chool: Tremble Before Him


When

they hear the report of you, they shall be in


anguish because of you. Deut. 2:25
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
1 Chronicles 16:30
Tremble, O earth, before the Lord. Ps. 96:9
You dont tremble before Me, do you?
Jeremiah 5:22
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Old Testament Vocabulary

Ah-ratz: Be in Dread of Him


A God

greatly feared in the council of the holy


ones. Psalm 89:7
And He shall be your fear, and He shall be
your dread. Isaiah 8:13
Indeed, they will sanctify the Holy One of
Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of
Israel. Isaiah 29:23
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Old Testament Vocabulary

Pa-chad: Living in Dread


And

you shall be in dread night and day, and


shall have no assurance of your life.
Deuteronomy 28:66
And the dread of God was on all the kingdoms
of the lands when they heard that the Lord had
fought against the enemies of Israel.
2 Chronicles 20:29
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Old Testament Vocabulary

Pa-chad: Living in Dread


If

the God of my father, the God of Abraham,


and the Fear of Isaac, had not been for me,
surely now you would have sent me away
empty-handed.
Genesis 31:42
The God of Abraham, the God of Nahor, the
God of their father, judge between us. So
Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac.
Genesis 31:53
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Old Testament Vocabulary

A-mah: To be Frightened of God


Terror

and dread fall upon them; By the


greatness of your arm, they are motionless as
stone.
Exodus 15:16
I will send My terror ahead of you, and throw
into confusion all the people among whom you
come
Exodus 23:27
Let Him remove His rod from me, and let not
dread of Him terrify me. Job 9:34
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Old Testament Vocabulary

Do-chal: The Terror of God


all

the peoples and nations and men of every


language dreaded and feared him. Daniel
5:19
I will make a decree that in all the dominion of
my kingdom, men are to fear and tremble
before the God of Daniel. Daniel 6:26
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Old Testament Vocabulary

Yah-re: The Fear of God


Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to
look at God.
Exodus 3:6
for God has so worked that men should fear
Him.
Ecclesiastes 3:14
Yah-re: Political Respect
...and they revered [Joshua] all the days of his
life, just as they had revered Moses.
Joshua 4:14

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Old Testament Vocabulary

Yah-goor: Terror and Fear


I

was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure


with which the Lord was wrathful against you in
order to destroy you. Deuteronomy 9:19

Re-ah-dah: Worship with Trembling


Worship

the Lord with trembling. Psalm 2:11

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New Testament Vocabulary

In the New Testament, all the different Hebrew


words for fear are translated by the Greek word
phobos and the verbs, adverbs and adjectives
which modify phobos.
The fear of God in the New Testament embraces
all the emotions of the human heart.

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The Christian and the Terror of God


Fall on us and hide us from the presence
of Him who sits on the throne, and from
the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of
their wrath has come; and who is able to
stand? Revelation 6:15-17
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord,
we persuade men. 2 Corinthians 5:11

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Solemn Warnings
If you are His child, then He will punish
you when you wander from the path of
righteousness.
Therefore, as long as the promise of
entering his rest remains valid, let us be
afraid lest someone among you fails to
reach it. Hebrews 4:1 (ISV)

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Solemn Warnings
For if we choose to go on sinning after we have
received the full knowledge of the truth, there is
no more sacrifice for our sins.
Hebrews 10:26
(ISV)
We must be thankful and worship God in
reverence and fear in a way that pleases him.
For our God is an all-consuming fire.
Hebrews 12:28-29 (ISV)

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Jesus and The Fear of God


But I tell you, my friends, never be afraid
of those who kill the body and after that
cant do anything more. Ill show you the
one you should be afraid of. Be afraid of
the one who has the authority to throw
you into hell after killing you. Yes, I tell
you, be afraid of him! Luke 12:4-5
(ISV)

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Wonder, Awe, and Reverence


Lord, who wont fear and praise your
name? For you alone are holy, and all the
nations will come and worship you
because your judgments have been
revealed.
Revelation 15:4 (ISV)
The fear of God is an essential part of
living a holy life.

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Why So Much Shallowness Today?
The reason Christians are weak is rooted
in the fact they do not fear God!
Conclusion
Presence of the fear of God is His
blessing.
Absence of the fear of God is His curse.

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The Meanings of Fearing God


The fear of God can mean different things
to different people at different times.
Most commentators have correctly
distinguished reverential fear from slavish
fear.
Are these the only two distinctions?

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More Than Two Distinctions


Nature: What is the nature of the fear?
Origin: What motivates this fear?
Subjects: Who is fearing God?
Attributes: What is this fear like?
Means: How is this fear manifested?
Consequences: What happens to those
who fear God?

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Objective/Subjective
The fear of the Lord may refer to
something objective.
The fear of God may refer to something
subjective.
n The Objective Fear of God
n Objective fear is external to man.

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Gods Name
Fear was one name for God.
If the God of my father, the God of
Abraham, the Fear of Isaac, had not been
for me, surely now you would have sent
me away empty-handed.Genesis 31:42

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Gods Word
No one can say that he is ignorant of God
because He has not revealed himself.
The heavens declare the glory of God
and the skies proclaim the work of His
hands.Psalms 19:1
General Revelation
Humanity is without excuse.

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Special Revelation
Scripture is referred to as:
n The law of the Lord.
n The statutes of the Lord.
n The precepts of the Lord.
n The commands of the Lord.
n The fear of the Lord.

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Gods Attributes
You shall not dread them, for the LORD
your God is in your midst, a great and
awesome God. Deuteronomy 7:21
God is in His Nature awesome.
Gods works are awesome and fearful.

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Revealed Religion
Come you children, listen to me and I will
teach you the fear of the Lord. Psalms
34:11
The fear of the Lord is to believe all that
God has revealed in His Word.
No one can truly believe in God without
fearing him.

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God-Fearers
My brothers, descendants of Abrahams
family, and those among you who fear
God, it is to us that the message of this
salvation has been sent.
Acts 13:26 (ISV)

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The Worship of God


For you alone are holy, and all the nations
will come and worship you because your
judgments have been revealed.
Revelation 15:4 (ISV)
Our worship of God should involve fearing
him, in the sense of awe, reverence,
wonder, and praise.

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Irreverent Behavior in Church


The lack of godly fear is the reason for
little reverence in many church services.
We should be preparing our hearts for
worship.

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Temporary/Permanent
People temporarily get religion during a
crisis.
The permanent fear of God is a provision
of the New Covenant.
I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so
they will turn away from me.Jeremiah
32:40

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Positive/Negative
The fear of God can focus on the positive
aspects of fear such as love, reverence,
and awe.
The fear of God can focus on the
negative aspects of fear such as terror,
horror, and anxiety.

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Saving/Non-Saving
The fear of God can motivate people to
seek salvation.
It is possible to fear God in a non-saving
sense.
n People think they can earn their way to
heaven by their own good works.

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Particular/General
The Ninevites fear was particular and
focused on the specific judgment of God.
A true Christian seeks to apply the fear of
the Lord to all of life.

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Individual/Group
True revival comes when people are
walking in the fear of the Lord.
Reverence for the name of Jesus comes
from a general fear of God.
When there is no fear of God,
lawlessness, blasphemy and wickedness
will abound.

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Attitude/Action
In the Bible, there are places where the
fear of God is used in the sense of
obedience.
The fear of God can refer to an attitude
toward God.

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Spiritual/Carnal
Spiritual fear of God contains both
positive and negative elements.
n We rejoice with trembling.
n We worship in an attitude of awe.
Carnal fear of God contains only negative
aspects.

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Sincere/Hypocritical
Do you fear God enough to depart from
evil and to keep His commandments?
Obedience to God is where the rubber
meets the road.

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Character Trait/Episode
Do you fear God?
Are you a reverent person?
Attractive/Repulsive
Fear can draw people to or from God.
Mobilize/Paralyze
Joseph remained pure because of fear.
Moses was paralyzed by fear.

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Joy/Sadness
Psalm 97:1
Psalm 99:1
Greater/Lesser
Psalm 89:7
Caught and Taught
Psalm 34:11
Psalm 46:10

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The Work of the Holy Spirit


I will make an everlasting covenant with
them that I will not turn away from doing
good for them. I will put the fear of me in
their hearts so they will not turn away
from me. Jeremiah 32:40

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Conclusion
The traditional two-fold division of the fear
of God is not adequate.
The deeper our understanding of what it
means to fear God, the better able we are
to fear Him as He ought to be feared.

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Part Four
The Origins
of Fearing
God
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Why We Should Fear God

The Sovereignty of God


Rejoice
Be Glad
See His Glory
Exalt The Lord
Give Thanks
Praise
Worship

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The

contrast in response of the wicked


n God is enthroned in the heavens.
n God is the Sovereign Ruler and Judge
of all things.
The Psalmist tells us how unbelievers
respond.
n They are put to shame.
n They tremble in fear.
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Why We Should Fear God

Children and the Fear of God


The

Lord was pleased to save David.


WHY was the Lord was pleased to deliver him?
n The angel of the LORD encamps around those
who fear Him, and rescues them.
Psalms 34:7
David gives exhortation to fear the Lord.
n O fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those
who fear Him, there is no want.
Psalms 34:9
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Why We Should Fear God

A Long and Prosperous Life


Who is the man who desires life, and
loves length of days that he may see
good?
Psalms 34:12
A long, happy life filled with goodness
begins with the fear of God.

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Why We Should Fear God

Motives to Fear God


The Nature of God
The Names of God
The Word of God
The Works of God
The Mighty Works of God

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Why We Should Fear God


The
n
n
n
n
n
n

Nature of God
The Greatness of God
The Sovereignty of God
The Holiness of God
The Jealousy of God
The Justice and Righteousness of God
The Judgment of God against His
enemies

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Why We Should Fear God


The
n
n
n
n
n
n
n

Names of God
We should fear God for His glorious names.
We should delight to fear his name.
We should glorify the name of God.
We should praise the great name of God.
Nations will fear the name of the Lord.
Gods name is holy and awesome.
Blasphemy will result in swift judgment.

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Why We Should Fear God


The
n

Word of God
The scriptures are called the fear of
the Lord.
n The Bible is the written Word of God.
n The Bible is the source of our fear of
God.

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Why We Should Fear God


The
n

Works of God
We should be in awe of Gods almighty
acts.
n Many
n Great
n Wonderful
n Righteous
n Marvelous, Righteous and True

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Why We Should Fear God


The
n

Mighty Works of God


Creation
n We belong to Him and owe Him our
worship and obedience.
Sovereignty
n He is working all things of His own
Will and we should be in awe.

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Why We Should Fear God


The
n

Mighty Works of God


Judgment
n We should fear the judgment of God
more than the judgment of men.
Forgiveness
n God forgives our sins that we might
fear Him.
The fear of God is the GOAL of Gods
plan for salvation!

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Conclusion
Gods wondrous nature, name, Word and
works should motivate us to fear Him.
Our God is an awesome God, a great and
glorious God, mighty in judgment,
compassionate in mercy.
He is working all things according to His
sovereign will.

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The Terror of the Lord

Fear
Over 20 different meanings in Scripture.
Fear is a broad subject.
n We have to deal with human emotions
and how human beings respond to
God.
People respond to God depending on the
situation.

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The Terror of the Lord

Terror
I heard your voice, I was afraid, so I hid
myself. Genesis 3:10
This terror caused Adam and Eve to run
from God.
It caused them to hide from His presence.
They experienced terror at the thought of
being exposed to the all-seeing eye of
God.

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The Terror of the Lord

Running from the Light


For everyone who practices wickedness
hates the light and does not come to the
light, so that his actions may not be
exposed. John 3:20 (ISV)
No creature can hide from him.
Everything is naked and helpless before
the eyes of the one to whom we must
give an account. Hebrews 4:13 (ISV)

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The Terror of the Lord

Mans Fall into Sin and Guilt


The eyes of Adam and Eve were
opened.
Once man sinned, they became
embarrassed and felt shame.
This shame was rooted not in their naked
bodies but in their sinful souls.
They tried to use fig leaves to hide from
God.

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The Terror of the Lord


Before the Fall
There was no terror, negative fear, anxiety
or dread of judgment.
There was a positive awe, respect, and
love of God.
After the Fall
There was terror at the thought of being in
the presence of God.

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The Terror of the Lord

We are all Hiding from God


Fear gripped Adam because he knew
that:
n God is a Holy God.
n He was accountable to God.
n God would punish sin.
n There was no way to escape His
judgment.

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The Terror of the Lord

We are all Hiding from God


The hiding failed!
The cover-up failed.
Their sin was exposed.
The guilt was rightly placed.
The punishment given was death.

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The Terror of the Lord

The Day of Doom


There IS a Judgment Day and God is
going to judge them.
Anyone whose name was not found
written in the Book of Life was thrown into
the lake of fire Revelation 20:15 (ISV)

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Conclusion
Get away from me, you who are
accursed, into the eternal fire that has
been prepared for the devil and his
angels! These people will go away into
eternal punishment, but the righteous will
go into eternal life.
Matthew 25:41,46 (ISV)

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Part Five
The Results
of Fearing
God
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The Blessings of Fearing God


As Individuals
Fear the LORD our God for our good
always and for our survival.
Deuteronomy 6:4
For Our Own Good
It is in our own best interest to fear God
and keep His commandments.

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The Blessings of Fearing God

Divine Guidance
Who is the man who fear the LORD? He
will instruct him in the way that he should
choose. The secret of the LORD is for
those who fear HIM, and He will make
them know his covenant.
Psalm 25:12, 14

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The Blessings of Fearing God

Divine Protection
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those
who fear Him, on those who hope for His
loving kindness, to deliver their soul from
death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Psalm 33:18-19
God is paying special attention to those
who fear Him.

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The Blessings of Fearing God


Our Guardian Angel
The angel of the LORD encamps around
those who fear Him and rescues them.
Divine Wisdom
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of
wisdom. Proverbs 1:7

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The Blessings of Fearing God


As Families
Gods Word instructs us about the origin,
nature, structure, and inner workings of
the family.
The Brave Midwives
And it came about that because the
midwives feared God, that He established
households for them. Exodus 1:21

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The Blessings of Fearing God


Honor for the Elderly
The respect we owe to our parents and
the elderly is tied to the respect we have
for God.
As Churches
When the Holy Spirit was poured out at
Pentecost, great fear came upon
everyone.

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The Blessings of Fearing God


As Nations
When a nation fears the Lord, justice is
established throughout the land.
Justice Hangs on It
When judges no longer fear God, they will
abuse their position and power to oppress
the people of God.

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The Blessings of Fearing God


Good Business Sense
Honesty and hard work abound when
God is feared.
Sound Economic Policies
The thing which you are doing is not
good; should you not walk in the fear of
our God because of the reproach of the
nations, our enemies? Nehemiah 5:9

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The Blessings of Fearing God

Conclusion
The fear of God produces justice and
righteousness in individuals, families,
churches, and nations.
Blessed is that nation whose God is the
Lord, the people whom He has chosen for
His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12

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Conclusion
There are hundreds of references to fearing
God in the Scriptures.
It is the fundamental and essential attitude
toward God that we must develop and
maintain in the Christian life.
The fear of the Lord will bring great
blessings upon individuals, families,
churches, and nations.

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Conclusion

When people do not fear God, there is crime,


immorality, divorce, destruction of our
churches, oppression by judges, bribery and
unjust laws.
What is the biblical remedy to the
problems we face?
n We need to return to the fear of God.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of
wisdom and the fountain of all blessing.

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to Be
Saved?
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You Have Broken Gods Law

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)

Worship only God.


Dont make an idol.
Dont take Gods name
in vain.
Honor the Sabbath.
Honor your father and
mother.

Do not murder.
Do not commit
adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not lie.
Do not covet.

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You Have Broken Gods Law

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)

Worship only God.


Dont make an idol.
Dont take Gods name
in vain.
Honor the Sabbath.
Honor your father and
mother.

Do not murder.
Do not commit
adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not lie.
Do not covet.

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You Have Broken Gods Law

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)

Worship only God.


Dont make an idol.
Dont take Gods name
in vain.
Honor the Sabbath.
Honor your father and
mother.

Do not murder.
Do not commit
adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not lie.
Do not covet.

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You Have Broken Gods Law

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)

Worship only God.


Dont make an idol.
Dont take Gods name
in vain.
Honor the Sabbath.
Honor your father and
mother.

Do not murder.
Do not commit
adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not lie.
Do not covet.

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You Have Broken Gods Law

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)

Worship only God.


Dont make an idol.
Dont take Gods name
in vain.
Honor the Sabbath.
Honor your father and
mother.

Do not murder.
Do not commit
adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not lie.
Do not covet.

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You Have Broken Gods Law

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)

Worship only God.


Dont make an idol.
Dont take Gods name
in vain.
Honor the Sabbath.
Honor your father and
mother.

Do not murder.
Do not commit
adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not lie.
Do not covet.

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You Have Broken Gods Law

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)

Worship only God.


Dont make an idol.
Dont take Gods name
in vain.
Honor the Sabbath.
Honor your father and
mother.

Do not murder.
Do not commit
adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not lie.
Do not covet.

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You Have Broken Gods Law

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)

Worship only God.


Dont make an idol.
Dont take Gods name
in vain.
Honor the Sabbath.
Honor your father and
mother.

Do not murder.
Do not commit
adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not lie.
Do not covet.

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You Were Born a Sinner

All people are born sinners. We are all


unrighteous people.
Romans 3:10-12
n As it is written, Not even one
person is righteous. No one
understands. No one searches for
God. All have turned away.
Together they have become
worthless.

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Your Best Efforts Fail

All people sin. Our best efforts will


never measure up.
Romans 3:23
n since all have sinned and
continue to fall short of Gods
glory.

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The Price of Sin is Death

The price of sin is death.


Romans 5:12
n Therefore, just as sin entered the
world through one man, and death
through sin, so death spread to
everyone, because all have
sinned.

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Jesus Paid Your Debt

Jesus paid your debt by dying in your


place.
Romans 6:23
n For the wages of sin is death, but
the free gift of God is eternal life in
union with Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Christ Died for You

Christ died in your place, paying your


price, and suffering so that you would
not have to suffer eternally.
Romans 5:8
n But God demonstrates his love for
us by the fact that Christ died for
us while we were still sinners.

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His Invitation Is to You Now

His invitation is open to anyone even


you.
Romans 10:13
n For everyone who calls on the
name of the Lord will be saved.

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Confess, Declare, Believe

You must confess your sin, declare His


Lordship, and believe in your heart that God
raised Christ from the dead.
Romans 10:9-10
n if you declare with your mouth that
Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart
that God raised him from the dead, you
will be saved. For a person believes
with his heart and is justified, and a
person declares with his mouth and is
saved.

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Your Prayer for Salvation

Lord, Jesus, I know that I am a sinner


and I need you. I know that you paid the
price for my sins by dying on the cross.
I ask that you forgive my sins; and I
receive you as my Savior and Lord. I
thank you for forgiving my sins and
giving me eternal life. Take control of
the throne of my life. Make me the kind
of person you want me to be. Amen.

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Some Truths to Remember

Remember these simple truths from God s


Word:
1 John 1:9
n If we make it our habit to confess our
sins, he is faithful and righteous to
forgive us those sins and cleanse us
from all unrighteousness.
Romans 8:16
n The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit
that we are Gods children.

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Some Truths to Remember


Ephesians

2:8
n For by such grace you have been
saved through faith. This does not
come from you; it is the gift of God and
not the result of works, lest anyone
boast.
Romans 8:18
n For I consider that the sufferings of this
present time are not worth comparing to
the glory that will be revealed to us.

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Some Truths to Remember


1

John 5:13
n I have written these things to you who
believe in the name of the Son of God so
that you may know that you have eternal
life.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18a
n Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a
new creation. Old things have
disappeared, andlook!all things have
become new! All of this comes from God,
who has reconciled us to himself through
Christ
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