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The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine Paperback – August 1, 2008
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In this insightful treatise on the Fear of God, Pastor Arnold Frank writes as a Puritan born out of time. Frank’s love and appreciation for the seventeenth century English Puritans is evident throughout as he carefully sets forth the forgotten and largely misunderstood teaching of Biblical fear. I have personally used Frank’s work in my own study and preaching, and commend this book to you, the reader, for similar use. May the Lord be pleased to work in our day not only to give His church a proper understanding of doctrine, but also to give His church the life-transforming reality of deeply knowing and fearing Jehovah God.
― Jerry O’Neill, President, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
The Biblical concept of the fear of God is too often marginalized or ignored by the Christian church and its preachers today. The result is shallow views of sin, easy belief, and antinomianism. With the aid of Puritan preachers, Arnold Frank sounds a clarion call for a Biblical and sure approach to the fear of God. He accomplishes this by distinguishing between ungodly fear and godly fear, the fear of man and the fear of God, spiritual awakening and saving faith, slavish fear and childlike fear, and the “almost Christian” and the genuine Christian. He also explains how childlike fear of God sanctifies affliction; relates to faith and love and worship; and operates experientially in conviction of sin, salvation, and obedience. Frank concludes this much-needed book by providing practical guidelines on how to promote the fear of God through preaching.
― Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Fear of God by Dr. Arnold Frank is one of the most timely books to be published in recent years. I highly recommend it. Dr. Frank wonderfully defines and discusses this misunderstood and often ignored doctrine. We discover for instance that it is in Heaven where we first find the Fear of God where it is expressed in “worshipful demonstration,” not as dread or terror as often mis-characterized; and the Fear of God is expected from all those made in the image of God. Plus so much more.
One Christian friend, who doesn’t often read books, termed The Fear of God as challenging reading, but he said he became so engrossed by the important things he learned, that reading the book became one of the most rewarding experiences of his Christian life and he vigorously encourages other Christians to read it as well. I join my friend’s recommendation, adding that pastors consider making it a pulpit and congregational study.
― John O. Anderson, minister and author, Klamath Falls, OR
"Arnold Frank sounds a clarion call for a Biblical and sure approach to the fear of God. . . . distinguishing between ungodly fear and godly fear, the fear of man and the fear of God. . . . Frank concludes this much-needed book with practical guidelines." Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI "Arnold Frank carefully sets forth the largely misunderstood teaching of Biblical fear. May the Lord work in our day to give His church the live transforming reality of deeply knowing and fearing Jehovah God." Jerry ONeill, President, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA "If you would face unholy fears head-on, this will make you strong for the battle." Linda Wohleber, Christian wife, mother, Bible teacher "I recommend this book heartily to any Christian...." Steven Gandy, Surrey, England
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This is a great read and certainly a "game changer".
The book is very well organized, showing several aspects of the fear of the LORD and several other types of fear. As long as one doesn't take the various divisions as being necessarily doctrine in themselves, these are very helpful in understanding the subject. He speaks of that fear that brings us to Christ, and that fear which we bring away from our encounter with Him. He speaks of the fears that keep us from Christ, and the fear that brings us to worship Him more and aright.
The conclusion of the book is one of the best sections, bringing us to exactly what must be taught (he says 'preached', but as a father I tend to 'teach' not 'preach) on the subject. And he, very appropriately, focuses on the Law of God... how the fear of God must, inevitably, if it is real, lead to an understanding of and obedience to the law of God.
If I have a cavil about the book it would be that the 'Summary' sections for each chapter were not as helpful as they could be. I heard a famous preacher once describe good preaching as saying what you were going to say, saying it, and saying what you've said. I find the 'saying what you've said' bit a bit weak.
Author of What are you Doing? A Conversation about Dating and Courtship
For those willing to listen to a voice echoing from the ancient past, retired pastor Arnold Frank's new book, The Fear of God--A Forgotten Doctrine, (Nordskog Publishing, 2007), teaches about a principle so vital that it could revolutionize modern day Christians and churches across America.
In The Fear of God, Frank sets out to revitalize a doctrine that in times past--from the biblical era to the founding of America--both empowered and emboldened Christians to lead lives that distinguished them among their peers as godly, meaningful and productive.
Today's churches " are marked by irreverence, immorality, and hypocrisy," says Joseph Pipa, Jr., resident professor of historical and systematic theological at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in the foreword tp Frank's book. "When Christians are ignorant of the fear of God, they fail to live their lives Coram Deo, aware of the presence of God to whom they must give an answer."
The result of a lack of godly fear and reverence is a foolish life, Frank says, hearkening to the words of Proverbs that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..."
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