"The Fear of The Lord", Pt. 1

June 22, 2018

 

What happened to the “Fear of the Lord”? Where has it gone? Well, if we read the bible, it’s still right there where we left it. Many speak of the “God of the Old Testament” and the “God of the New Testament” as two separate entities, somehow forgetting God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God is capable of doing whatever is in His nature and ability to do. We as “New Testament believers” have pacified God, the Word, our Faith. We have also been mistaken in thinking God stopped being who He always has been. We would rather focus on God’s grace, mercy, compassion and forgiveness. No doubt we all are self-preservationists and like the more grace-filled attributes of God. However, because these are more inviting and attractive to us all, we may have preached a gospel that is void of God’s sovereignty, might and power. This may be part of the problem we have created for the Church. We have tried to woo the world by apologizing for the character of God. Indeed, God is gracious, but He is also vengeful. For sure, God is merciful, but He is also a God of discipline. No doubt, God is compassionate, but He is also firm. Without question, God is forgiving, but He is also just. Ultimately, our message is not one of condemnation, but one of obedience, repentance, and a healthy fear of the Lord, recognizing who God is, where we stand in relation to Him, and why the Word of God must
remain as the authority in our fellowship.

Fear the Lord,
Pastor Josh

 

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