Vol.X No.X Pg.1
December 1973

The Price Of Fear

Robert F. Turner

The fearful will go to Hell. In Rev. 21:8 they are classed with the unbelieving, the abominable, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars; an unsavory company. Have you stopped to think why this is so? Your soul may be at stake!

There are fears which are necessary in the Christian life— such as: deep, abiding respect for God; (Heb. 12:28) be not high-minded, but fear; (Rom. 11:20) and fear lest Christians will stray from Christ. (2 Cor. 11:3) Such fears are in keeping with a strong faith In God.

But there are fears that spring from doubt; (Matt. 14:25-32) which manifest themselves in many ways. When God sent Israel forth to war He rejected the fearful lest his brethrens heart melt as his heart. (Deut. 20:8) God wants people who put trust in Him; not in physical strength or numbers. (Jdg. 7:3)

Those who fear the people and love the praise of men more than the praise of God (Jn. 12:42-43) are of little value to the Lord. Anxieties cripple our usefulness, and prevent our putting His kingdom FIRST in our lives. (Lu. l2:22- 34) If we fear to ask, we will not learn; (Lu. 9:45) and If we fear to act, we become unprofitable. (Matt .25:25-f)

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. (Matt. 10:28) This is part of Christs instructions to the twelve, sent to proclaim truth in a hostile world. In later years Jesus spoke to Paul in a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. (Acts 18: 9-10)

Today the Lords cause needs men of courage — men unafraid to SPEAK —men more concerned for their soul and the lost souls about them, than for self. Soft preachers are not money-hungry. In these days an educated man can make a good living at something else. But they are cowards !! and this lack of faith in God will send them to hell with the rest of the fearful.

(Reprint, Vol. 9, No. 7)