Posted by: the warrioress | June 7, 2014

Gospel of Fear

God is love, and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in
him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness
in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. Because
fear has torment (punishment). He that fears is not made perfect
in love. We love Him because He first loved us. (I John 4:16-19)”

The following reading discusses  the “gospel of fear:”

We are afraid of God, John says, if His love is not perfected in
us. And this fear has to do with “punishment.” We will be afraid of
God because we will think that He is One who wants to punish us,
rather than save and redeem us.

In contrast, if God’s love is “perfected” — (Greek: matured)
— in us, then we will have “boldness in the day of judgment.”
Why? Because we will know God loves us and is NOT out to
punish us. God is always seeking His best for us, and always
working towards redemptive ends.

Thus, we see again WHY Christians have a wrong fear of God:
Rather than know He loves us, we see Him as a God who is out to
punish us. And so we are afraid of Him.

The Gospel of Fear

The gospel which most of us have grown up with simply verifies
this wrong concept of God to us. Rather than a gospel of grace,
many of us have heard a “gospel of fear.” We were told that, yes,
God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to die for us. But we
had better believe it or God is going to punish us by sending us to
hell! And then piled on top of that we were handed a list of rules
to obey under this same threat of punishment. All of this, right in
the middle of sermons and teachings about the grace and love of
God!

This “gospel” is, of course, not THE gospel. The real gospel of
Jesus Christ is not a threat of punishment if you don’t receive
Christ. The real gospel tells us that we are ALREADY dead. So
Jesus came to offer us LIFE. He came to do everything for us that
we cannot do for ourselves. And yes, if we refuse it, God will
judge us. But He won’t need to “add” some kind of punishment.
He will simply judge us worthy of our own choice to die.

The “gospel of fear” is one of the biggest lies which has ever
infiltrated the body of Christ. It gained public entrance once
church leadership sought to control those in the church for
financial gain, and out of a desire for power. They sought to
control by demanding obedience from people under threat of
God’s punishment upon them. And it was easy to get people to
believe it, because, by nature, we are fearful creatures.”

Read more at:

http://www.goodnewsarticles.com/feb00-1.htm

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Responses

  1. “For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.” (John 1:16 Amplified) Sometimes we treat God’s expressions of love and the grace he pours out on us as as if they are merely nice sentiments printed in a hastily chosen birthday card. Sometimes we don’t actually believe it because it just seems too good. That’s why the good news is repeated so many times in the scriptures. The gospel of fear keeps us away from the only one who can help us. It’s His kindness that makes us want to change.
    Preach it, sister!

  2. Charis Pasallo,
    Thanks so much for reading & commenting. May God richly bless and keep you!

  3. Have you ever noticed that the first time Jesus quoted or read scripture, which was the OT at the time, was when he read Isaiah in the synagog – he stopped short and closed the book without reading the last line about proclaiming the vengeance of God. Not only is it because he wasn’t here to do that, but his omission speaks a commentary on the OT, who God has always been, and how humans haven’t always correctly understood God’s nature. Too many Christians look at the whole of scripture without filtering it through Christ as the interpretive lens. This puts us in an OT misunderstanding, as though all we have to go on is revelation that does not include Christ, let alone revelation based on Him.


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