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"We fear men so much, because we fear God so little." - William Gurnall
"The covetous man feareth not God. This also is plain from the word because it setteth covetousness and the fear of God in direct opposition. Men that fear God are said to hate covetousness, Exod. xviii. 21. Besides the covetous man is called an idolater and is said to have no part in the kingdom of Christ and of God, Col. iii. 5. And again; 'The wicked boasteth of his heart's desire and blesseth the covetous whom the Lord abhorreth,' Psa. x. 3." - John Bunyan, The Fear of God
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." - Ecclesiastes 12:13
"And 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." - Matthew 10:28
"Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." - Philippians 2:12
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"The fear of God which is the soul of godliness does not consist, however, in the dread which is produced by the apprehension of God's wrath. When the reason for such dread exists, then to be destitute of it is the sign of hardened ungodliness. But the fear of God which is the basis of godliness, and in which godliness may be said to consist, is much more inclusive and determinative than the fear of God's judgment. And we must remember that the dread of judgment will never of itself generate within us the love of God or hatred of the sin that makes us liable to his wrath. Even the infliction of wrath will not create the hatred of sin; it will incite to greater love of sin and enmity against God. Punishment has of itself no regenerating or converting power. The fear of God in which godliness consists is the fear which constrains adoration and love. It is the fear which consists in awe, reverence, honour, and worship, and all of these on the highest level of exercise. It is the reflex in our consciousness of the transcendent majesty and holiness of God. It belongs to all created rational beings and does not take its origins from sin." - John Murray, Principles of Conduct, pp. 236-37 (emphases added).
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Nine Free MP3s on the Fear of God by Al Martin
"There was a time when even the unconverted would refer to a Christian as a "God fearing man" With this theme so prominently and frequently mentioned throughout the Scripture - both Old & New Testaments - it is regrettable that in our day it can be rare for a sermon to be preached on this most important topic, let alone an entire series. These messages therefore are much welcomed, and a 'must-hear' for Christ's sheep who desire a masterful, "meat-of-the-word" treatment of this weighty subject. Delivered by one of our generation's most notable preachers, Pastor Albert Martin has become world-renowned for his in-depth, thorough, pastoral, searching, applicatory, challenging, edifying, and easy-to-follow preaching on Biblical themes such as this."
1) The Fear of God in Both Old & New Testaments (1 of 9): Predominance in Biblical Thought by Al Martin (Free MP3)
2) The Fear of God in Both Old & New Testaments (2 of 9): Definition, Part 1 by Al Martin (Free MP3)
3) The Fear of God in Both Old & New Testaments (3 of 9): Definition, Part 2; Ingredients Part 1 by Al Martin (Free MP3)
4) The Fear of God in Both Old & New Testaments (4 of 9): Ingredients, Part 2 by Al Martin (Free MP3)
5) The Fear of God in Both Old & New Testaments (5 of 9): Ingredients, Part 3 by Al Martin (Free MP3)
6) The Fear of God in Both Old & New Testaments (6 of 9): Source by Al Martin (Free MP3)
7) The Fear of God in Both Old & New Testaments (7 of 9): Relationship to Conduct, Part 1 by Al Martin (Free MP3)
8) The Fear of God in Both Old & New Testaments (8 of 9): Relationship to Conduct, Part 2 by Al Martin (Free MP3)
9) The Fear of God in Both Old & New Testaments (9 of 9): How to Maintain & Increase by Al Martin (Free MP3)
Puritan Sermons 1659-89 Vol. 5 #2 (Part 1 of 2): God Is: Apologetics, Faith, Conscience, Fear of God and Judgment by William Bates
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Puritan Sermons 1659-89 Vol. 5 #2 (Part 2 of 2): God Is: Apologetics, Faith, Conscience, Fear of God and Judgment by William Bates
A Treatise of the Fear of God: Showing, What it is, and how distinguished from that which it is not so. Also, Whence it comes; who has it; what are the effects; and what the privileges of those that have it in their hearts (1679) by John Bunyan.
The great line of distinction that Bunyan draws is between that terror and dread of God, as the infinitely Holy One, before whom all sin must incur the intensity of punishment; and the love of God, as the Father of mercies, and fountain of blessedness, in the gift of his Son, and a sense of adoption into his family; by the influences of which the soul fears to offend him. This fear is purely evangelical; for if the slightest dependence is placed upon any supposed good works of our own, the filial fear of God is swallowed up in dread and terror - for salvation depends upon the perfection of holiness, without which none can enter heaven, and which can only be found in Christ. Mr. Mason, on reading this treatise, thus expressed his feelings - "When the fear of the Lord is a permanent principle, inwrought in the soul by the Divine Spirit, it is an undoubted token of election to life eternal; for the most precious promises are made to God's fearers, even the blessings of the everlasting covenant. Such are sure to be protected from every enemy; to be guided by unerring counsel; and what will crown all, to be beloved of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; till, by almighty and effectual grace, he will be translated to those mansions of glory and blessedness prepared for him, where he will sing the praises of his covenant-God while eternity endures." May this be the blessed experience of all those who prayerfully read this important treatise. - George Offor.
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The Fear of God by Pastor Al Martin, John Bunyan, Wilhelmus A'Brakel, John Murray, et al. (Free MP3s, Articles, Books, etc.)