Proverbs 28:14, “Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.” Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
The Bible says that when we see people wilfully sinning, it evidences that they don't fear God. Psalms 36:1, “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.” Very few people fear God anymore. Tragically, one of the groups who fear God the least (but should fear Him the most) are religious people!
A prime example of a religious group who doesn't fear God is Bob Jones University and their corrupt graduates, who preach the Devil's lie of “Lordship” salvation. This is the heresy that says faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not enough to get to Heaven; but in addition, proponents of the Devil's “Lordship” Salvation teach that repentance from one's sin is required. If a professed Christian is living a life of open sin, they are falsely accused of not being saved, because they have never repented of their sins. None of that is Biblical.
As an example of damnable heresy, please read the blatant false teaching of Pastor Charles Lawson of the Temple Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee:
Kindly said, Pastor Lawson is woefully ignorant of the Scriptures. The indwelling Holy Spirit produces a changed life in every child of God, and not our own repentance (change of mind). When I got saved at age 13, I knew that I was a sinner deserving of Hell, but that's it. The issue of me turning away from my sin never came up when I got saved. Now after I was saved, the indwelling Holy Spirit (who is given to every believer at the time of salvation - 1st Corinthians 3:16-17; Romans 8:9; 1st John 3:23) began to convict me about the sin in my life. For the first time in my life, I began to feel convicted about my sin, and that was God's Spirit living inside of me doing that. I began to read my Bible, for the first time in my life. I had just become born-again into God's family, and I was a little spiritual baby, hungry for the milk of the Word (1st Peter 2:2).“If repentance is not part of the Gospel, why did the Jews say, 'That God hath now to the Gentiles granted repentance?' If repentance is not part of the Gospel, then you're just believing some facts, and nothing goes on inside you to change who you are. The change is when you've received it into your heart and acted upon it. And once you received it into your heart and act upon it, a profound change is going to take place. Your attitude towards sin is going to change. Your attitude towards your self's going to change. Your attitude towards the world is going to change. You're going to change. That is repentance, not just changing your mind.”SOURCE: True Repentance: https://youtu.be/kb26H6cRxyw?t=41m10s, Dr. Lawson
Many false preachers today (e.g., Marty Herron, Steve Pettit, Sam Horn, Gary Walton, John MacArthur, William Lane Craig, Adrian Rogers, Chip Ingram, Pat Robertson, Ken Ham, Joel Osteen, John Hagee, Charles Stanley, Beth Moore, Franklin Graham, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, Chuck Phelps, Paul Washer and Ray Comfort) should be VERY AFRAID, because what they are trusting in and preaching is NOT the free grace of God. They aren't even in the ballpark. God made two great divisions of His Word: OLD and NEW TESTAMENTS; Or respectively, LAW and CHRIST (Galatians 3:14-26). God's law shows us that we are dying from the terminal cancer of sin, but then brings us to Christ to be saved by grace through faith...
“The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out.” —Evangelist Billy Sunday (1862-1935)
Do you see dear friend how that God's plan of salvation is all about Christ saving you from your sins, and not about you cleaning up your own life of sin to prove that your faith is genuine to be saved? Keeping the Ten Commandments doesn't prove that your faith is real. It shows how much you love Jesus (John 14:15), but you don't get to Heaven by loving Jesus! You get to Heaven by trusting Jesus!!! The Devil is very cunning and subtle, leading millions of foolish people into thinking that they must try to keep God's law to validate the genuineness of the reality of your faith. I am literally quoting Pastor Chuck Phelps, a damnable false prophet at the Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis, who says that you won't go to Heaven unless your live the Christian life, to prove the reality of the genuineness of your faith:
That is typical false prophet doublespeak! That's like me saying that you cannot earn your birthday gift, but if you accept it you will earn it! What in the world is Chuck Phelps talking about? Folks, this is junk theology at it's worst! Nowhere in the inspired King James Bible are we taught, that if we receive God's free gift of eternal life IT WILL WORK! That doesn't even make sense!!! What did Jesus say about works to get to Heaven? John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Jesus laid this question to rest forever about doing works to merit Heaven. The Lord said the ONLY work which God accepts is to BELIEVE on the name of Jesus!!!“You can't work to have salvation, but if you have salvation it will work!” —Pastor Charles Phelps, “False Faith” (time - 30:13; November 1, 2009 - Sunday morning)
Listen friend, you don't have to be good to get to Heaven, you must be absolutely perfect!!! That is why with men salvation is utterly impossible (Matthew 19:25-26). Jesus Christ paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay (2nd Corinthians 5:21). These darned fools in the Bob Jones camp are blinded by Satan. Worse, they are full of self-righteous arrogance and a haughty spirit of pride, refusing to take heed to THE TRUTH. They are two-fold the children of the Devil, bound for eternal doom in their Lordship salvation. If these false teachers don't FEAR GOD today, THEY WILL tomorrow!!!