What Happens When the Fear of God Is Missing?

What Happens When the Fear of God Is Missing? October 4, 2017

The Bible says when the fear of God is missing, sin increases and there is no godly wisdom. Why is this so?

Judgment, Slow but Sure

Wise King Solomon wrote that it is “Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil” (Eccl 8:11). For lawbreakers, it’s as if there is no immediate judgment coming, so they are not inhibited at all from breaking more of God’s law, but the time will come when we shall all stand before God and give an account for everything we’ve ever done and even every idle or careless word we’ve ever spoken, and that should put a little fear in all of us. For the believer, it’s not a fear of being cast into hell, but hearing a rebuke from the Master on the day of His visitation, so we must never “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Rom 12:17-18), and “never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord” (Rom 12:19). God is not a Cosmic Grandfather, saying “boys-will-be-boys thinking,” so His long wait on judging sinners is absolutely not God’s condoning approval or winking at sin. All sin will be judged. Either you yourself will receive the wrath of God by rejecting Jesus Christ, or you can trust in Christ and have God’s wrath placed on Him on your behalf, but surely, “on the Day of Judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt 12:36-37).

No Fear of God

To this and any nation or person who has no fear of God, the Lord God says through Jeremiah, “Your evil will chastise you, and your apostasy will reprove you. Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the Lord your God; the fear of me is not in you, declares the Lord God of hosts” (Jer 2:19). Sin increases when there is no fear of God, just as the psalmist says in Psalm 36:1, writing, “Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes,” so it is by the fear of the Lord, that we persuade others, because it is “By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil” (Prov 16:6). Abraham understood that when there is no fear of God in the land, sin abounds, which is why “Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely there is no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife” (Gen 20:11). The Bible is clear that a fear of God suppresses evil, but what is the fear of God? it’s a holy, reverential, deep, and abiding respect and regard for the Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, Who is altogether holy and in a perpetual state of perfection in every way….just the opposite of who and what we are (Rom 3:10-12, 23), so a fear of God (and yes, fearing the wrath of God) is a healthy, godly means of avoiding sin.

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Who is Good?

Who among us is good enough to stand in God’s presence without Christ? That number is zero, just as the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 3:10-19: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.” When the wrath of God is never mentioned, the mercy of God is irrelevant to the people, so God’s wrath makes God’s mercy worth pursuing. A fear of God (and yes, fearing the wrath of God) is a healthy, godly means of avoiding sin. For the lost, it is fear of God’s impending judgment, but for the saved, it is like God taking the believer behind the proverbial spiritual woodshed, because God disciplines every child of His (Prov 3:12; Heb 12:4-12), but it motivated by love, not anger, just as you would not allow your child to play in the street, and if they did, you’d take them out of the street and put them in timeout. It’s not that you’re angry at your child, but you don’t want to see your child get hurt, or worse, killed.  Believers are not trying to make fearful converts, but tearful converts.

Evangelism and Fear

The Apostle Paul understood the fear of the Lord is in our best interests and should motivate the sinner to flee to the cross, because, “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others” (2nd Cor 5:11-12). Jude also connects evangelism with the fear of God, telling us to “have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh” (Jude 1”22-23). In these passages, God shows that we are to use the fear of God to rescue the perishing, which is a fear of God’s judgment, but for others, showing others mercy with the fear of God. Paul wrote that it was by “the fear of the Lord [that] we persuade others.” It’s not that we wish unbelievers harm, but we are to tell them that they need the same righteousness that Jesus Christ has to stand before God (2nd Cor 5:21).

Conclusion

With no fear of God there is no godly wisdom, with no godly wisdom, there will be no wise choices, and the wisest choice you or anyone could ever make is to repent and put your trust in Christ. That’s when the wrath of God is lifted off the believer, and the wrath they deserved is placed on Jesus Christ on their (and our) behalf. Matthew Henry wisely wrote, “Where no fear of God is, no good is to be expected,” and that’s just what the Scriptures teach. Jesus leaves you and me with only one of two choices: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36). Complaining about the wrath of God is like complaining that the ship is sinking while ignoring the lifeboats. Just be glad there are lifeboats (John 3:16).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Brian K

    Machiavelli summarized that better.
    “Upon this a question arises: whether it be better to be loved than feared or feared than loved? One should wish to be both, but, because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”

    • NathansFather

      Well put BK!

      Part 2

      Will it be the Mercy Seat to be motioned to the Right? “Well done good and faithful servant!”
      Or will it be the Judgment Seat motioned to the Left? “Depart from me I never knew you!”
      Until then all that die without choosing Jesus Iesous Y’shua and following Him go to the Left of the Throne with all the other goats chained awaiting final disposition of their souls.

      Ever heard this from an earthy father adaptation? Chilling!
      “I brought you into this world I can take you out.”
      Whoooo boyo!

      But as for me and my house, we choose The LORD.
      W serve a LOVING GOD. He loved us even before we loved Him.
      He loved me so much He physically was tortured and died and rose again for people just like me.

      To be a LOVING follower of the Way, Truth, and Life we must do all that we can to spread His Seed in the Field.
      Only GOD the Father selects the souls that are pleasing to Him.
      It is as it should be… we serve an awesome GOD, I AM that (who, which) I AM!

      Ever Read Job 38-42?
      GOD tells us all about Himself.
      After reading or re-reading… should we fear and revere Him?
      I for one am humbled prone to His Power.

      • Brian K

        To answer your question, yes, I have read all the bible books you referenced. I find the narrative both horrifying and unbelievable. Simply quoting that compendium is not a likely way to persuade people here.

        • NathansFather

          I am not here to persuade anyone. Who am I to have the power to do so? Who are you to have that power? People will come to God the Father if He calls them. Until then all attempts to assist someone is for naught. We are in the field to sow His Seed. It will not grow without His say so. Simple actually. We are not GOD He is.

          • pud

            You are insane.

          • I agree. He seems to be mentally ill and needs to visit a psychiatrist to have his mental state assessed. I hope he is okay mentally, but I have serious doubts.

          • Brian K

            I’ll come if he calls me, and won’t if he doesn’t. So I have no choice in the matter? Is this a Calvinism thing?

          • pud

            When you start hearing the voices in your head like these lunatics….run don’t walk to the nearest mental health facility…and when you start talking back to the invisible friend in the sky take a cab!

          • NathansFather

            NOPE. Read for yourself. Don’t take my word for it. Scripture proving Scripture. Not my word but that of the Truth. I have posted these before and D|ck wouldn’t read them. So much from him/her/it seeking Truth. Only reaction was the usual cursing and name calling. Whatever has a hold of human PUD is virulent. The it(s).

          • Brian K

            Like I said, I have read it. It is indistinguishable from other ancient Near East mythology.

          • NathansFather

            All I can say is something? someone? has jaded your outlook. So sad. Perhaps you will come back to the faith. It’s too late after you have drawn your last breath. Seek a very kind and loving person to show you your way back. Your life will improve for the better. You will start seeing miracles great and small as a result. There are no coincidences in life.

          • Brian K

            I know that my interactions here may give the opposite impression, but I am not a jaded person. No one or thing altered my outlook, I simply reached adulthood, began evaluating everything I believed, and found that some things didn’t make sense. I have several kind and loving people in my life, some of whom are still Christians. I don’t constantly get in arguments with them, but I do believe Christian doctrine is ultimately harmful. Hence my occasional pushback.

          • pud

            Demonstrate a single “miracle”…Just one that you can substantiate. You are the indoctrinated one, the delusional one, the one incapable of viewing reality objectively

          • Scripture doesn’t prove Scripture. This assumes that there is only one viewpoint in Scripture: God’s. The book was written by many different authors, some of whom were savages. There are multiple viewpoints on many topics in the bible, some of which are complementary while others are contradictory. But book can’t be inspired by any holy ghost. Just examine its contents. Though some of its passages are inspiring, others are downright evil and immoral.

            For example. God is alleged to have told the Israelites to commit genocide by wiping about their enemies in the land of Canaan, including butchering little children and babies. This is mass murder, not holy ghost inspired It is downright immoral, whereas Jesus is said to have told us to love our enemies, not kill them . He didn’t say butcher them if they belong to an evil people. Jesus alleged that we should be compassionate even as out heavenly Father is compassionate. He didn’t say be cruel and vindictive issuing god’s wrath on defenceless little children and innocent babies.

          • NathansFather

            Did you see the chart I posted? It’s not Calvin. I am not a Calvinist.

            Got over that. Too many assertions of man and not truths of God. I used to be a Presbyterian by birth. Left them as most unsatisfying.

            They are a part of the mainline United Nations one-world-false-“religion” of The World Council of Churches. The “leaders” are wolves in sheep’s clothing deceiving the saints. They will not enjoy their final lodging to the left.
            “Depart from me I never knew you!”

            What is the World Council of Churches (WCC)?
            https://www.gotquestions.org/World-Council-of-Churches-WCC.html

            I am a non-denominational kind of follower of The Way, Truth, and the Life going to a non-aligned denomination of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Bible Study type.)

          • Brian K

            OK, now I’m beginning to suspect this is a Poe.

          • NathansFather

            Welllll Brian what can I say? I will turn you over to God the Father in the Name of the Son. Perhaps He will send you someone you will listen to and take to heart. His will be done and not mine.

          • pud

            Hey lunatic…your entire BOOK is a man made thing! Hello? If it’s not then your “god” is a moron! Hundreds of contradictions, falsehoods, fables and UN-TRUTHS…so which is it stupid?

    • Jack Wellman

      Spot on. Thank you Brian.

      • Brian K

        You get that comparing God to Machiavelli’s Prince is not a complement, right?

        • pud

          No..he “gets” nothing

    • pud

      That’s the “wife beater” syndrome…love that which you fear. All religious lunatics suffer from it

  • NathansFather

    Part 1

    A loving just GOD cannot allow the justified and righteous through GOD the Son’s atonement for the penalty of our sins to be lumped into those who have not heeded The Good Shepherd’s call. He has made am Everlasting Covenant (The Son’s propitiation) for those who follow The Overcomer from The Cross who died and rose again from the dead to sit on the Judgment Seat. Only He can judge the quick and the dead.
    We are told to fear (revere) The One on the Throne that can destroy souls.
    We have heard all our lives “sell your soul to the devil.”
    Another lie.
    Satan, Lucifer. the AntiChrist, the Evil One (so many more names for the same wicked father of all liars, thieves, and murderers)
    CAN NOT possess the final disposition of your soul and end it.
    You cannot sell your soul to the devil.

    Only I AM, The Alpha and Omega has this power of soul disposition.
    Afterall I AM The Creator made ALL souls and only He can destroy them in the Lake of Fire at the Final Judgment.
    All come before the Throne after their last breath physical breath on earth.

    [See Part 2 under BK’s comment]

    • You may claim that you are not a Fundamentalist but you sure sound like one.

      • pud

        He is mentally ill, delusional, deranged, consumed and infected with the “god virus” Full blown cult member that denies everything outside of the cult think and doctrine. He may well be psychotic

    • Rational Human

      Tell me, Berean…in the garden of eden, between God and the serpent…which told Adam and eve the truth, and which told a lie to scare them?

      • NathansFather

        Ah another trick ala the Garden. What does Scripture say?

        • Rational Human

          Simple, for an expert such as you. Just compare what was promised/threatened vs. what actually happened. It’s all in the text plainly.

          • NathansFather

            Expert? Another bait.

            Sorry I make no particular claim to any expertise except having about 3 hours alone with the Lord each day in prayer, reading His Word, doing Berean Verse Research, reading devotionals, and talking with my fellow followers of The Way.

            I am humble.
            Not going to play your game sorry.

            I will pray for the Transcendent GOD to confront you as He did me in my early 50s.
            Now I must mark you and block.
            I dust my sandals .

            Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share with those of The Way and any low hanging fruit of the Harvest.
            You have blessed me.

          • Myles

            It is always great when religious freaks spend time talking to themselves because in being thus occupied they are unable to pursue their attack on humanity. Pray on. Pray on.

          • NathansFather

            Expert? Another bait.

            Sorry I make no particular claim to any expertise except having about 3 hours alone with the Lord each day in prayer, reading His Word, doing Berean Verse Research, reading devotionals, and talking with my fellow followers of The Way.

            I am humble.
            Not going to play your game sorry.

            I will pray for the Transcendent GOD to confront you as He did me in my early 50s.
            Now I must mark you and block.
            I dust my sandals .

            Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share with those of The Way and any low hanging fruit of the Harvest.
            You have blessed me.

        • Rational Human

          Simple, for an expert such as you. Just compare what was promised/threatened vs. what actually happened. It’s all in the text plainly.

      • NathansFather

        Ah another trick ala the Garden. What does Scripture say?

    • Rational Human

      Tell me, Berean…in the garden of eden, between God and the serpent…which told Adam and eve the truth, and which told a lie to scare them?

    • Myles

      Isaiah 45:7 god is Satan and vice/versa.

  • NathansFather

    ” die sin ” Bible Gateway KJV go to individual verses and read the chapters for context
    Read the Old Testament as well as the New Testament verses.
    https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=die+sin&qs_version=KJV&limit=25
    NT only for brevity

    John 8:21
    Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

    ** John 8:24 (Jesus is not a fluffy, doe-eyed Savior. He is also GOD, I AM of the OT) See John 17.
    I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. ***

    Romans 5:8
    But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
    For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

    Romans 7:9
    For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

    1 Corinthians 15:3
    For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

    • Why do you quote the bullybull all the time? Can’t you develop a theological argument?

      • pud

        That’s the refuge of someone fully indoctrinated and brainwashed by the cult

  • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

    If I remember correctly, around 15 years ago I searched the Scriptures to see what it says about the fear of God. I already knew a little about it, such as that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom (this is mentioned a few times in Psalms and Proverbs), but I was astonished by how much else they says: both how many times it is mentioned, and how many benefits come with it. It is mentioned in BOTH the Old Testament and the New Testament as something good. Thus it is not something for the ancient Israelites but not for Christians–as some contemporary Christians believe and teach. It is something everyone should have.

    In my opinion, the first or second greatest problem among Christians in America today is a lack of the fear of God. So many other problems could be solved if there were more of it, and cannot be solved without it. Yet we have a woeful lack of it, a woeful lack of teaching it, and even a woeful teaching against it (usually with a misinterpretation of I John 4:18).

    Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
    –Revelation 15:4

    • Jack Wellman

      Amen…that is so true. When fear is not taught, all sin can abound…even in the church!

      • pud

        Bullshit…only weak minded people need a perpetual parent figure around them 24/7 so they don’t revert to animal status. This is the whole problem with your infantile cult…you are incapable of growing up

    • I thought that you Christians were supposed to love God, not fear him. After all, isn’t perfect love supposed to cast out fear? Does the bible not say that God is love? And does it not say that no one can love God whom they have not seen, unless they love others whom they have seen? Does it not say that if anyone sees someone in need but closes his/her heart against the person in need that God’s love does not abide in them?

      It seems that all this business about the anger of god and the fear of God creates a religion of fear, not a religion of love. All this Fundamentalism creates a religion of terror that is unworthy of compassion, healing mercy and loving kindness. It creates an abominable god whom we are to fear. We are told that he loves us but will bake us in his eternal torture chamber if we don’t believe the bullybull. This book, the bible, portrays a violent god whose anger knows no bounds. He doesn’t love us unconditionally, but only if we do what he tells us to.

      The problem is that there are multiple views on most topics in the bible. This book does not speak with one voice but with many voices. Sometimes these voices are complementary and sometimes they are contradictory.

      • pud

        If there was no “fear” there would be no religion at all. Fear is the great motivator that compels these weak minded people to join cults. It starts with fear of death, the made up “hell” the ultimate eternal punishment for not conforming and a magic cure! Just give up your rational mind and all will be well for you!

        • Sam Andrew

          I have a sure fire method of salvation, I’ll sell it to you for $199.95 plus postage and handling! Removes all fear guaranteed, direct from the mouth of the sacred Pink Unicorn Bessie!
          Fear keeps the flock fleeceable.

      • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

        The answer to all of your questions in your first paragraph are “yes”. However, in the first question, you referred to I John 4:18, which, as I said in my original comment, is misused to teach against the fear of God by being misinterpreted. There are different kinds of fear. I have no doubt that you have at least one of its kinds, although not for God, but for other things, including, for example, fire. The Bible says that God is a “consuming fire” (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29). I assume that in some sense you have a fear of fire: a fear that prevents you from playing with it and from acting carelessly around it. That is the type of fear that everyone should have of God: He is to be regarded with the utmost seriousness, and by no means trifled with. By contrast, a Christian should not fear God the way a pyrophobe fears fire. That is the proper way to understand the first verse to which you referred, which says: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love”. Thus one can fear God as one fears fire, and yet also love God, because He Himself is not only loving, but, as you mentioned, is love itself (I John 4:8 and 16). He does indeed love unconditionally, and Christianity is indeed a religion of love. To cite two more verses from the fourth chapter of the first epistle of John: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” and “We love him, because he first loved us”.

        • pud

          Who cares what your stupid Bronze Age book says? Only an abject idiot swallows some ancient script without critical thinking. That would be you. The authors of your book (no name religious lunatics) KNEW nothing! They were primitive barbaric superstitious idiots! Again, like you. You, like the moron pastor don’t “believe” in a “god” you “believe” in a BOOK! How infantile is that?

          • Sam Andrew

            To be fair some of he 40+ authors were fairly intelligent people for the time they lived, Kings/Chronicle is a reasonable if incredibly biased and over the top history, some of the wisdom literature is OK, e.g. proverbs, but much is copied from Egyptian sources. Finally Job has its moments and openly doubts Gods goodness, probably why a lot of Christians try and steer clear of it…I would say they believe less in a book than a tradition that tries to ground itself in a book that is hopelessly self contradictory on key elements of their faith e.g. Trinity which isn’t even in the bible.

        • Dalia

          Thank you! You’ve explained fear very very well.

          • Salvatore Anthony Luiso

            You’re welcome. One could say so much more about this vital subject–I didn’t in part because I was concerned that my comment might be considered to be spam and so not posted.

            I recommend that every Christian learn more about the fear of God because it is essential and fundamental to a healthy Christian life, and one can never have too much of it. This short article is a good place to start: http://www.opc.org/new_horizons/NH01/03a.html

      • Dalia

        Fear in the sense of honor for Christians, and fear in the sense of doom to unbelievers

        • Myles

          Trying to make sense would be more appropriate.

  • pud

    So tell me simple jack…If it were proved tomorrow that all this nonsensical irrational crap you mistakenly “believe” is 100% without question FALSE….would you run out into the street and start murdering and raping people?

    If you are such an immoral and deranged person by nature that you need an invisible made up overlord to keep you in line…you need real world intervention and help.

  • pud

    Compulsory love…love that which you fear….the very definition of totalitarianism. You would be right at home in N. Korea jack.

  • pud

    “That’s when the wrath of God is lifted off the believer, and the wrath they deserved is placed on Jesus Christ on their (and our) behalf.”

    Also called “vicarious redemption” ..one more of your sick perverted conventions you should be ashamed of instead of reveling in.

    Tell us all…how does your “god” punish himself?

    You’re a sick sick individual

  • Iain Lovejoy

    Come on Jack, you’re better than that, distorting the Bible. You know perfectly well in the 2 Corinthians 5 passage you quote Paul does not say to convert people by fear, but is saying Christians’ own fear / reverence for God enables them to convert others.
    Trying to scare with damnation is completely ineffective at converting unbelievers because they don’t believe in the God you are telling them to be afraid of. It might cow into obedience to the preacher backsliding Christians who already believe (thus damning them further by taking the last of their remembrance of God and replacing it with people-pleasing the pastor) but that’s your lot.

    • pud

      No one has any memory of “god” because it isn’t real, it’s make up nonsense existing entirely in your imagination

  • Sam Andrew

    What Happens When the Fear of God Is Missing?

    For starters a dramatic reduction in anxiety and stress, people no longer worried about if they will be judged and eternally tormented for enjoying a racy photo, taking a particular medication or surgery etc.

    An increase in overall life satisfaction and productivity as people no longer spend mental resources on guilt and avoidance behaviours – that is when people avoid certain situations or activates for fear it will lead them to ‘sin’.
    Greater acceptance and tolerance of others beliefs and life choices as there is no longer a ‘god’ dictating a particular lifestyle with terrorist like threats.

    Fear and guilt (tearful converts) are effective short term motivators but they do not produce any positive outcomes for the people involved, human resource management and judicial system results have proven this over and over, I’ve no doubt a truly wise God would realise this as well.

    Overall anything that reduces fear and increasing feelings of safety and psychological well being can only be a good thing for populations at large. There is nothing wise or godly about living in fear.

    • pud

      Fear, guilt and shame…the big 3 recruiting tools followed up with a magical cure

  • rtgmath

    The problem is, my dear sir, that Christians lack any real fear of God themselves. They demand it for others, they eschew it for themselves. They threaten hell fire and damnation for everyone else, but, seeing as they believe in eternal security, tend to sin with impunity. They exemplify the works of the flesh. And they are known by their hate, not their love.

    So you are preaching to and about the wrong people. You ought to be preaching to yourselves. The world will never know that the gospel you preach has any truth as long as you allow such perversity among your own. And, if I read Ezekiel right, God will require the blood of the unrighteous at your own hands.

    When Christians actually start acting like they are saved, love sinners as Christ loved sinners, and are willing to engage in acts of self sacrifice as dramatic as their example, Christ, then perhaps the Church will regain lost power. But until then, the world will not listen to you. You are unworthy messengers, corrupt and defiled, lepers accusing people of sins when their own are so utterly known! Read Romans 2.

    Time to get on the stick.