FEAR OF THE LORD:
CANNOT BE INDUCED BY THREATS
By A. W. Tozer
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath
sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
--- John 6:44
The efforts of liberal and borderline modernists to
woo men to God by presenting the soft side of religion is
an unqualified evil because it ignores the very reason for
our alienation from God in the first place!
It seems to be an obvious fact, that until a man has
gotten into trouble with his own heart he is not likely to
get out of trouble with God.
Cain and Abel are solemn examples of this truth. Cain
brought a present to One whom he assumed to be
pleased with him. Abel brought a sacrifice to One who
he knew could not accept him as he was. His trembling
heart told him to find a place to hide. Cain's heart did not
tremble---he was well satisfied with himself.
The fear of God would have served Cain well in that
critical moment, for it would have changed the whole
character of his offering and altered the entire course of
his life for the better.
As indispensable as is the terror of the Lord, we must
always keep in mind that it cannot be induced by threats
made in the name of the Lord. Hell and judgment are
realities, and they must be preached in their biblical
context as fully as the Bible teaches them, but they
cannot induce that mysterious thing we call the fear of
The Holy Spirit alone can induce this emotion in the
human breast. It is a feeling rather than idea: it is the
deep reaction of a fallen creature in the presence of the
holy Being the stunned heart knows is God!
Yours In Christ,
Paul N. F.