This is a recent and timely book on the fear of God, published by Reformation Heritage Books in 2015. The subtitle is: “Where have all the God-fearers gone?” Martin is a Reformed writer who has also become a popular source for this topic. This book is laid out in a practical way, defining the fear of God from the Old and New Testaments, then giving the ingredients, the source, and the obligation in our conduct, to the fear of God. The book is good in that it is obvious that the contemporary church has lost much of its fear of God. In some circles the fear of God would be downplayed as an Old Testament relic that has no place in the church, or it would simply be redefined out of existence. The downside to the book might be that Martin bases much of his discussion on the new covenant and, as a Reformed writer, has no place for the new covenant in a future, literal kingdom on the earth. For Martin, Jeremiah’s promise (Jer. 31:38-41), “I will put My fear in their hearts,” is a promise for salvation now and the fear of God is placed in every believer at the time of his salvation so that if there is no fear of God there is no salvation. Though there is some application there, it can create complications in interpreting lordship and carnality. However, the overall need for a renewal in the fear of God overrides Martin’s own views on these things. It is a worthwhile read.
Walking With God in DeathNovember 1, 2018
We end our series about walking with God where it should end, considering the time of our death. I don’t know why the topic should seem morbid to us, all of us will die and the only thing that can change that is the rapture of the church at the end of the age. That […]
Walking With God in JudgmentSeptember 29, 2018
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 11:13-14). The words judge and judgment and their cognates appear […]
The Meekness of WisdomSeptember 3, 2018
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13) Who wants to violate the first characteristic of meekness and write about it? Who wants to appear to be like the one who brags about being humble? […]