The Spiritually Fearful

The following is said about the John 9 blind man’s parents in verse 22 “These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.” Many Bible teachers are scared to preach what their audience needs because they don’t want to risk falling out of favor with those audiences. Instead they are careful to preach what their audience already agrees with and/or practices.

Something similar is in seen in John 12:42-43 “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” Many who hear the truth are not willing to follow where that truth leads (John 8:32) because they don’t want to lose family, friends, or church.

Are we spiritually “fearful” in such ways? Rev 21:8 reads “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

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