“Poor Christian man, thou hast scarcely been able to do anything for God all thy days, but only to fear the Lord. Thou art no preacher, and so canst not do him service that way; thou art no rich man, and so canst not do him service with outward substance; thou art no wise man, and so canst not do anything that way: but here is thy mercy, thou fearest God.” ~John Bunyan
Christians today do not talk about the fear of God. We are so anxious to make God approachable that we have watered down the requirement to fear God. In this short but truly eloquent book John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress, explains what true fear of God is, how it is different from craven, unbelieving fear, and how we can grow in a trusting fear of the Lord. To fear God rightly is the essence of the Christian life.
“A raw fear of punishment is a far cry from the spirit of adoption that we have been given in Christ. Nevertheless, the Bible uses the word fear, in a positive sense, in multiple places. We are to work out our salvation with fear, and notice also that it is with trembling (Phil. 2:12). The fear of the Lord does not stroll into the throne room of the Ancient of Days, hands in pockets, whistling carelessly.” ~From Douglas Wilson’s Introduction
THE CHRISTIAN HERITAGE SERIES: The authors in the Christian Heritage Series paid a high price for the words you see before you. Not all paid with blood, but each spent his life fighting for the truth. This faithful sacrifice has become a rich inheritance for the Church in our day, even though it is often neglected. The Christian Heritage Series aims to put these important theological classics on every Christian’s bookshelf in colorful, well-crafted, and affordable volumes, with introductions written by those that love the books and their heritage.
AUTHOR: John Bunyan
INTRODUCTION: Douglas Wilson
PAGE COUNT: 166 pages
PUB. DATE: March 1, 2022
The Fear of God
I've read only the first chapter as a newly-found sheep of the Lord, and this book has already helped me understand the dichotomy, or "relationship" between the words Fear and Love. Fear/Love of God is what's appropriate. Fear is one aspect of worship, love is another. Christ says, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." This means that Love of money is the root of all evil, sure, but ALSO when "Love" is written, there is that same "relationship" or dichotomy. Where "FEAR/Love" of money is the root of all evil - I realized this as I was beginning to spend out of FEAR towards money of the economy crashing, when that Fear/Love/Reverence should only be placed in the Lord! Thanks be to God that John Bunyan shared his talents with us all, and God bless you Douglas Wilson and all employees, big and small, young and old, who take part in the endeavor of Canon Press. This lost sheep has much more to be grateful to God for, through you.
And this is just through Chapter One.
John Bunyan is one of the best writers among the Puritans. His treatment of the fear of God is excellent. It is also a topic that is given considerable weight in Scripture and is never heard in pulpits today. This is highly recommended and will, in the most literal sense, do your soul good.
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