The Joy of Fearing God

We have forgotten that it is a “fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31 KJV). The idea doesn’t play well in our culture. It didn’t some 300 years ago, when Edwards preached on the theme – and the reality of ‘the fear of God’ sparked a Great Awakening. New…

Fear of God is Sovereign Respect

One of the unique features of Christianity and Judaism among world religions is the idea that God is to be feared. Aquinas, in the Summa Theologica, considered the fear of the Lord to be among seven gifts of the Spirit, the others being – wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety. The “Novena to the Holy…

Restoring the Lost Fear of God

Every seven years, Israel was to celebrate a Sabbath. In that year, the land was to rest, to lay fallow. And something else, quite extraordinary, and under-emphasized, was to take place – The Seventh Year National Education Campaign. According to Deuteronomy 31:10-13, Israel was instructed to gather during this Sabbath year, in a national assembly,…

The Fear of God

A major ideological loss to the theology of the modern Church is the utter dismissal of the concept of ‘the fear of the Lord,’ which is no marginal Biblical notion. It is mentioned more often than the love of God (150 times[1]) The exact phrase occurs about 27 times, twice as often as the mention…