I was rebuked, yesterday, for expressing this thought in a Facebook dialogue in which we were discussing this article:

Steve Hill: The 7 Great Lies in the Church Today — Overemphasis of Prosperity • Exaggerated View of Grace • Antinomianism = against rules, so “anything goes” (but “Jesus didn’t set us free to sin; He set us free from sin”) • Worshiping Man, not God • Challenging the Authority of the Word • Rejecting Hell • Universal Reconciliation

A woman commented:

“Wow. I will pray for this fear mongering man [Steve Hill]. If his heart was to heal he would approach the whole topic without alienating the audience he is speaking to. Lol small minds.”

I responded:

The fear of the Lord is a good thing, and is totally biblical:

“So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and *trembling*.” (Php. 2:12)

Most pastors falsely teach that this just means ‘reverence,’ but then how does ‘trembling’ fit in?

Jesus said:

“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.”

This isn’t just ‘reverence.’

The fear of the Lord should compel us to walk on the narrow path that the New Testament lays out. The fear of the Lord is a good thing.

Paul, himself, ran his race to win, making sure he walked in purity, and he made sure he was right with everyone:

“Herein I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and men.” (Rom. 24:16)

Only when we walk according to the Spirit are we biblically “in Christ” to where there is “no condemnation”:

“There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are *in Christ Jesus*, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT.” (Rom. 8:1)

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.” (v. 14)

She then rebuked me for quoting scripture.

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