Whom Do You Fear
Undoubtedly, the evidence is—for Christians, this world is becoming more dangerous on a daily basis. Persecution of those who have a true faith in Jesus Christ has increased by an estimated 400% worldwide in the last 24 months alone. Yet, the true church continues to grow, and is doing so in the places of greatest persecution.
North Korea, over the past decade, has consistently been documented as the most hostile toward Christianity, yet it is estimated that the church has grown from 200,000 to 400,000 faithful, during that same length of time.
These numbers are not anomalous, almost the same type of growth has been experienced in China, India, Iran, and much of the African continent. The church of Jesus Christ is alive, growing and in spite of the suffering and persecution—is living expectantly, longing and looking for His imminent return for His Bride.
However, not all who claim the Name of Jesus Christ are boldly taking a stand for Him in these Last Days. Many Christians (especially in the U.S.), for divergent reasons, are “playing it safe” hoping to “slip under the radar” and avoid suffering and persecution. Rather than trusting God, they have developed a fear of man which is by extension, a fear of Satan.
12 warning signs for the believer that they fear Man rather than God.
are unwilling to pray aloud.
• They wear immodest or suggestive clothing.
• They become defensive when confronted about their actions.
• They are unwilling to be honest about their failures.
• They are critical of others; trying to find fault.
• They are greedy, seeking material wealth and reputation.
• They are unable to make clear decisions.
• They are harsh with their children and family in public.
• They are constantly fishing for compliments and commendation.
• They are always trying to “one-up” other people’s stories.
• They are unwilling to follow Christ in believer’s baptism or to verbally witness for Him.
• They display different behavior depending on whom they happened to be with.
Fear of Man is quite simply a denial of Christ, weather it is a result of pride or willful disobedience in giving Christ His rightful place in your life. The tent evangelist, Dr. Dolphus Price, said: “Many will go to hell because they are afraid of what their friends might say if they give their lives to Christ.” The English preacher William Gurnall wrote; “We fear Man so much, because we fear God so little.”
Today, the church of Jesus Christ needs to return to a healthy reverence for, and fear of God. (Psalm 89:7; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). We need to remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, about who we should fear and why (Luke 12:4-9).