Here is a video from Richard Owen Roberts about the lack of the fear of God in the pulpit and in the church in general. It all boils down to one thing: pride. This one grabs at my heart. I’ve been watching it over and over.
In the beginning of Jeremiah God warns Israel and Judah of their wickedness and begs them to return. All they have to do is acknowledge their sin and repent. He right out tells them the problem: they are stubborn and no longer fear Him. God tells them that He will not overlook sin!
‘But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; They have turned aside and departed. ‘They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, Who keeps for us The appointed weeks of the harvest.” … ‘Shall I not punish these [people?]’ declares the LORD, ‘On a nation such as this Shall I not avenge Myself?’Jeremiah 5:23-24, 29
We are no better. We are stubborn, rebellious, and prideful to the point that we no longer fear the Lord. Just as He was faithful and ready to forgive Israel, He is faithful and ready to forgive us as well if we acknowledge our sin and repent. God is so good, even though we are not!
The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor [comes] humility.Proverbs 15:33