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There is a great foolishness in our culture today.  It is the idea of  ‘no fear’.  It seems to manifest itself in two ways

  1. Avoidance
  2. Experimentation

Both are foolish.  God has given us the ability to feel fear for a reason.  It is part of our innate nature, to help protect us.  Fear warns us of danger–danger to our body or soul . . . and danger to our spirit.

The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  I would go so far as to suggest a dual interpretation:

  1. fear of the awesome power and judgment of God
  2. the intuitive fear given to us, by God, when we are in the presence of danger or evil

Perhaps it is because we live in such perilous times, that people grow weary of fear . . .  we could say they suffer from ‘fear overload’.  So, many have made a point of trying to combat fear.

Some people will close their eyes to anything that makes them afraid–we call this denial.  They create–to whatever degree–an alternate reality where their fear doesn’t exist.  (Drugs and alcohol are common means to that end.)  But if denying fear doesn’t work–or someone pierces their alternate reality with truth–they become angry and confrontational.

The problem is, fear is not the enemy to be overcome.  Nor is truth the enemy.  The enemy is what is lurking behind the fear:  evil.

There are many ‘good people’ who hate the impact that evil has in this world.  They don’t understand it, nor do they want to.  They try to avoid it, and be kind, positive and good.  They don’t understand that the tiniest seeds of evil are present in each of us at birth.

Many of them also don’t understand that evil has a promoter, one who embodies it and cultivates it in us.  By being ignorant of this, many ‘good people’ unwittingly become pawns in his hands.

Fear is a symptom.  Fear points to the problem . . . evil.  Evil cannot be overcome by avoidance.  Evil cannot be escaped.  It finds each one of us, because it is within each of us.

Evil can only be overcome by God.  We cannot overcome evil through good alone–but we can submit ourselves to God, and allow ourselves to be tools in His hands.  Only God is good.  Only God’s goodness can overcome evil.

If you are an ‘avoider’, begin to allow yourself to feel fear . . . but with a different perspective.  When you feel fear, examine why.  Are you in the presence of danger . . . or potential danger?  Are you in the presence of something evil?

God is the antidote for fear.  God can protect you, give you wisdom and direction, and even deliverance from evil forces.

If it is God you are afraid of–good!  You’re on the right track.  If you haven’t ‘gotten right with God’, the fear of God you feel is natural.  If we are not right with God, we have His judgment to fear.

If you have repented and are living right, then fear is warning you of something evil or dangerous in your life.  Pray that God will make it known to you where that fear is coming from–then deal with it!  Hiding from fear will not remove the danger or the evil it is trying to warn you of!

If, on the other hand, you are not an avoider . . . you probably pride yourself on your lack of fear.  You tend to confront fear head on.  Whatever makes you (or others) afraid, you will jump right into.  Bravo! . . . maybe.

There is a brand of fearlessness that many demonstrate today, that is rooted in foolishness.  People that behave this way have the mistaken belief that they are immune to the danger or the evil that lurks behind fear.  It seems to be their mission to demonstrate to others that their fears are unfounded.  They will do foolish things to defy danger, and will survive many of them .  But in most cases, if they persist long enough, they will perform one feat too many, and become an interesting story that will illustrate why certain things shouldn’t be done.

That’s all well and good, when we’re talking about risking one’s life . . . and when one is aware of the inherent risk in what they are doing.  The problem today, is that many are diving into things which threaten their eternal soul, without understanding the risk.

(Now, it should be understood, that if you have not accepted Jesus’ atoning death on your behalf, and if you have not surrendered your life to God in return, then you are already damned . . . because all of us are condemned once we begin to sin.  But if you have accepted Jesus, and have continued in [or gone back to] sin, then you have turned back to damnation too.)

This foolish attitude has led many to continue to be involved in activities which are spiritually dangerous and/or evil.  Rather than grounding their beliefs in sound doctrine, their overridding motto is ‘no fear’, and they latch onto any teaching that allows them to do as they please, and that downplays the danger.  ‘No fear’ of God’s judgment (because of faith in a false doctrine of ‘once saved always saved’), ‘no fear’ of disobeying God’s laws, ‘no fear’ of the powers of darkness, ‘no fear’ of evil, etc.

These are people who have made a practice of hardening their heart to their God-given natural fears.  Because of this, they perceive things incorrectly.  But, because they neither fear God, nor man, nor spiritual forces, it is impossible to reason with them.  These people are harboring a spirit of rebellion, which becomes evident when one attempts to confront them with the truth, being met with accusations of ‘fear mongering’ or ‘legalism’, rather than repentance.

Satan’s ‘no fear’ propaganda campaign has done much to set the stage for his rise to power.  Many people (including many professed ‘Christians’) are opening the door to him through rebellion, others have simply stifled their intuitive fear  of evil and no longer possess the discernment to see what is happening, and a vast multitude are living in a fantasy world that denies the very existence of evil.  Brilliant.

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I’m sorry, but you can’t be a follower of Jesus and have sex outside of marriage.

Sex outside of marriage is called fornication–adultery if one or both of the people involved are married.

A lot of people won’t tell you this, because they are afraid they’ll offend you and you won’t go to their church.  But–this is what the Bible says, over and over again.

God has a very special and specific plan for marriage, between one man and one woman, and sex plays a beautiful and important part in that relationship.  This is the ONLY context in which sex is permitted, for the people of God.

A lot of people want to push it to the limit, debate over what is considered ‘sex’, and talk about ‘gray areas’ in regards to God’s rules for us.  If that’s you, consider this:  when we step outside of God’s perfect will, into His permissive will, we are one step closer to sin.

People talk about degrees of sin, or big sins and little sins–the way I see it, sin is a progression . . . you step out of God’s perfect will into His permissive will, a couple more steps and you are into sin.  Each further step draws you deeper into more and more vile sin.  BE ASSURED, you will continue walking, or being pulled, in one direction or the other!

Righteousness and sin each have a pull–like gravity, if you will.  If you cannot resist the pull towards sin when you are close to God, how do you think you will resist the pull deeper into sin once you’ve taken a few steps further away from God?

Sin will pull you towards it, but God expects you to WALK towards Him.  He will not pull you.  You demonstrate your will by your action.  But He WILL meet you half-way!  You can’t fight sin on your own!

My advice, and where I think is the best place to draw the line?  Anything that is going to arouse a feeling of desire is going too far. Whether that’s fantasies, touches, kisses, what you look at, what you listen to, where you go . . . whatever!  It is much ‘easier’ (not that resisting this is ever easy) to stop before you ever start!!

If you have already gone too far and want to stop–STOP!!  And be prepared for the fight of your life.  This is a temptation you will have to battle every day, from now on, unless God supernaturally sets you free from your biological programming.  Just because we are ‘made that way’ doesn’t mean it’s ok to live that way!

God calls upon His followers to set themselves apart . . . to demonstrate to the world that we live by a higher standard (not as animals do) and that Christians are imbued with spiritual power (from Him) that gives us extraordinary abilities and makes us overcomers!

Don’t play with sin, don’t give in to temptation!  Turn away from temptation and run to God!  You don’t know what you’re messing with!

There are no ‘little sins’ and ‘big sins’.  Sin is just an outward expression of   ‘where your heart is at’, of your will.   Are you walking towards God, or away from Him?  That is the real issue.  All sins lead to the same destination–because God doesn’t judge our sins, He judges our hearts.

You cannot sample sin and not be drawn in!  Tempting is the bait that draws you into the web of sin, but its sticky, invisible threads will bind you tightly. Then the forces of evil will come and feast upon you, injecting poisonous deception, anger, and rebellion and sucking out of you every last drop of your innocence, goodness, love and sanity.

If you don’t believe me–talk to someone else who has been there.  Once you sin, you will never be the same again.  God can heal you, but you will always bear the scars, and suffer the consequences, of the choices you make.

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