Fear of God or man
Two dogs in the ring, it’s a fight to the death, which one is going to win? I can tell you: the one you feed the most.
Just this week, I was sitting with an individual as he said that there seems to be a lot of fear going on in this country – fear that is fed to the American people by those who should know better. “Just ask Glenn Beck,” he said. He went on to say that Beck said, “America is over with.”
I started to laugh and said, “It was a good thing that our forefathers didn’t talk and act that way (James 2:14-26). You should probably check out what Glenn Beck premises his talking points on, and that would explain Glenn Beck.
Glenn Beck promotes fear of man
How little Glenn Beck’s consequence-fearing god must be! Apparently, Glenn Beck has forgotten that Americans have become complicit in eating the fruit of his immoral defeatist message. Mr. Beck seems to promote in many ways what God clearly condemns. America, we are in Christ to overcome, not succumb (Psalm 2).
What is Beck feeding on, this self-proclaimed teacher of faith, who has no faith? He claims to be a believer, but does not believe! How does that work? As you can see, it does not!
Personally, If I were to listen to the word of man (Romans 3:4), I would have never stepped into the public arena to combat the immoralities (1 John 3:4) in American culture (Psalm 18:29). It was in the spiritual warfare that I have proved the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Psalm 119:100; Acts 3:13).
He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world. –Benjamin Franklin
The Church must change the world
American, Christian patriots are called by the power of The Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 4:20) to change the culture, not for the culture to change the Church. We are to bring the answers to the world, not the other way around (Acts 4:33).
These charlatans, like Glenn Beck, paralyze the people through their manmade message and then, in attempt to justify themselves, promote the fear of consequence, which is the reality of them sowing to the wind and reaping the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7). On the back end of their message, they always have something to sell rather than the truth, and it’s the truth that sets men free (Proverbs 23:23).
Fear, fear, fear is what they promote. It’s not the fear of God mind you, but rather the fear of man, which brings a snare.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Proverbs 29:5
These people promote the praising of the wicked (Proverbs 28:4-5) by magnifying the crimes of the lawless.
Then, they set themselves as the example of Christ. However, the Christ they promote contradicts The Christ of Scripture and Scripture exposes them for who they are and for what they are (2 Timothy 2:19). These are the “doom and gloomers” in the American Church who love to magnify the crimes of the lawless rather than to deal with them lawfully (Jeremiah 18:12).
These are those who have turned in the day of battle.
The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. Psalm 78:9
They have the audacity to throw their hands up and say, “The Lord will do what the Lord will do,” when He already told us what we are to do, and that is obey (1 Samuel 15:22).
Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13
Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always. – Deuteronomy 11:1
Then, when The Lord asks, “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” (Psalm 94:16), they are MIA and excuse themselves from obedience and adhere to disobedience only to promote the fear of man rather than the fear of God (Psalm 105:8).
How unlike John Knox, the Scottish reformer and prophet, who stated, “A man with God is always in the majority!”
Mary Queen of Scotts said of John Knox “I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all the assembled armies of Europe.”
Or what of Dietrich Bonhoeffer? He faced Adolf Hitler and said, “He who fears the face of God does not fear the face of man. He who fears the face of man does not fear the face of God.”
So, which will it be: the word of fallen man or The Word of the Almighty God? Clearly, these modern-day professors promote the opposite of what the Bible declares (2 Timothy 3:8).
Friends, be encouraged, the way to grow in faith is to starve fear and feed your faith (Hebrews 12:2).