Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
How to overcome fear with God’s Word.

The Doctrine of Fear.

Point 1. Definition.  Fear is used in at least three ways in the Bible.

  1. Fear is used for a mental attitude sin, characterized by panic when in a dangerous situation as well as intimidation.
  2. Fear is also a painful emotional distress aroused by impending pain, danger, disaster, evil or by illusions regarding the same.
  3. Fear in a doctrinal way means reverence, respect, or awe.

Point 2. Introduction – Legitimate Fear and Illegitimate Fear.

Legitimate fear serves as a red-alert system to warn us of some type of danger that is on its way against us.

Illegitimate fear is the result of Satan’s deceptions and his lies.

Now, the Bible says there is no fear when you understand God’s love.

Fear ranges from uneasiness to a total insecurity about life.

Fear is found in all areas of life by focusing in on the effects that fear can have in all areas of life because most people have something or somethings or someone in life that scares them.

Many people live in fear because they subject themselves to idiotic periodicals or idiotic television programs that are always anticipating the worst.

Like perversions of thoughts.

Perversions of News

Perversions of Religion

Perversions of Politics

Perversions of false doctrines.

Watch out for Ozone level.

Watch out for the big black hole.

Watch out for the poison that crazy individuals use to attack the innocent.

Like nuclear warfare and everyone is going to die!

Or, the markets going to crash;

You can get aids from chewing bubble gum, etc…

There are always going to be future disasters just as there have been past historical disasters, but the amazing thing is that a believer with doctrine is a survivor!

If you have no confidence in God you will constantly have certain fears which “involves punishment” and it also which means that it torments you!

Fear constantly manufactures the most awful self-torture or self-induced misery in this life.

Awful because most of the things people fear never happen but they go through these things as though they did happen.

Fear is nothing more or less than a system of self-torture and frightened people are constantly torturing themselves.

“Do you entertain a lot of fear in your life?”

“Are you frightened by what the future holds?”

It is a marvelous device by that creature genius Satan to confuse and distract the human race from reality.

As far as the Christian way of life is concerned there is really no excuse for being frightened about anything.

When Jacob starts to come back into the land and bumps into Esau’s army, he falls back on human viewpoint and tries to use his smarts or deceptions again.

If he had learned to wait upon the Lord a divine solution would have become manifested again and he would not have had to use human viewpoint and carnal thinking as the solution to solve his problems.

ISA 40:31  Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

“Do you entertain a lot of fear in your life?”

“Do you entertain a little fear?”

“Are you frightened by what the future holds?”

Everywhere we turn today fear is prevalent!

It is a powerful and deceitful device by that creature genius Satan to confuse and distract the human race from reality.

  1. Fear is described in the Bible as a mental attitude sin, 1Sa 17:21-26, Rom 14:23.


  1. Fear is a sign of backsliding or going AWOL in the Christian life, 1Sa 18:12; 21:12.


  1. Fear can also produce sickness and depression, in Gen 21:17, Hagar was worried sick and ailing physically because of fear.


  1. Fear can produce suicide, in 1Ki 19:4, Elijah was so afraid of the threat of a woman that he wanted to die.


  1. In Neh 2:2, Nehemiah’s countenance was sad and sick because of fear.

Rejection of Bible doctrine; Psa 53:5, The fool rejects doctrine and is in great fear where there is no fear.

A second cause for fear is worrying about the details of life, Mat 10:29-31, “Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

A third cause for fear is a breakdown in the mentality of the soul over the pressures of life, Luk 21:26 “Men will be fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken,”

A fourth cause for fear is the fear of witnessing for Christ, fearing what others might say or do, Joh 7:13 “No one was speaking openly of Him [TLJC] for fear of the Jews.”

A major fear in the human race is the fear of death, Satan uses this fear to keep people in bondage all their lifetime, Heb 2:15 “And might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”

Another fear which many face is the fear of rejection, Gal 2:12, For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he [Peter] used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision.

Then there are the fears of old age or getting old, in Ecc 12:1-8.

Ecc 12:1  Remember also your Creator in the days of your youthful vigor [while you’re still young and you still have a lot of energy], or else when the evil days come [the days of adversity] and the years draw near you will say, “I have no delight in them [that is in the divine allotment of time and that’s reversionism,]”;

ECC 12:2  before the sun [prosperity], the light [Bible doctrine], the moon [your right man or right woman], and the stars [various blessings from God] are darkened [or blotted out, disaster], and the rain clouds return after the rain [too much prosperity losing track of the source];

ECC 12:3  in the day that the watchmen of the house [the hands] tremble, and mighty men [the legs or the knees] break down, the grinding ones [the teeth] cease from labor because they are few, and those who look through windows [the eyes] grow dim;

ECC 12:4  and the doors on the street are shut [that’s social life being shut or isolation from social life, older people are often neglected or rejected in social life] as the sound of the grinding mill is low [digestive system fades], and one will arise at the chirp of a small bird [that’s insomnia], and all the daughters of song will sing softly the hearing is going].

ECC 12:5  Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place [the different phobias in life] and of terrors on the road [phobias of travel]; the almond tree or enjoyment of life is despised. that’s no capacity for the enjoyment of life], the grasshopper drags himself along [loss of strength], and the caperberry is ineffective [sexual desire is frustrated]. Because man constantly goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street [he’s remembered for a short time].

ECC 12:6  {Remember Him} before the silver cord is broken [death in general, or death described in a poetical way] and the golden bowl is crushed [that’s a negative E.E.G.], the pitcher by the well is shattered [that’s a negative E.K.G., circulatory cardiovascular death and the rupture of a great vessel] and the wheel at the cistern is broken [referring to a mechanical cardiovascular death cause by heart stoppage or a cardiac arrest];

ECC 12:7  then the dust [the human body] will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.

ECC 12:8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the man with the message, “all is vanity!”

ECC 12:9  In addition to being a wise man, the man with the message also taught the people doctrine; and he pondered [concentrated], and searched it out [investigated] and arranged or composed many Proverbs.

ECC 12:10  The Teacher sought to find delightful words [words of pleasure] and to write words of truth [doctrine] correctly or accurately [doctrine of inspiration].

Ecc 12:11  “The doctrines of the wise ones are as goads [they motivate and cleanse the believer, they move him toward his objective], and as well-driven nails are fastened by the masters of collections and are given from one shepherd [TLJC says I am the great shepherd].”

ECC 12:12  But beyond this [that is beyond doctrine], my student be warned by teaching: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion {to books} [academic speculation and studying worldly viewpoint] is wearying to the body.

ECC 12:13  The conclusion, when all has been heard, is stand in awe of the Elohim or the God and guard His commands, because this is the complete man.

ECC 12:14  For God will bring every act to judgment [all production to evaluation, judgment seat of Christ or the Great White Throne Judgment], everything which is hidden, whether it is [absolute] good [the execution of the plan of God] or evil. And, in all of human history, from Adam to TLJC, not once did God let anyone know “Church-age mystery doctrine.”

Not once did they hear about the Royal Family and all the privileges of royalty.

They prophesied about the rejection of the Jews.

They prophesied about the First Advent.

They prophesied about the Tribulation.

They prophesied about the Millennium.

And so, the Church-age was a mystery and mystery doctrine is a part of that mystery.

And that is a part of the mystery that in Eph 1:9 “God had made known unto us the mystery”

1Jo 4:18 “Fear does not exist in virtue-love, but virtue-love drives out fear; for fear causes punishment.  In fact, the person who is afraid has not been matured by virtue-love.”

In 1832 he was defeated for legislature

In 1833 he failed again in business

In 1834 he was elected to legislature

In 1835 his sweetheart died

In 1836 he had a nervous breakdown

In 1838 he was defeated for speaker of the house 

In 1840 he was defeated for elector

In 1843 he was defeated in congress

In 1846 he was defeated for senate

In 1848 he was defeated for congress

In 1855 he was defeated for senate

In 1856 he was defeated for vice-president

In 1858 he was defeated for senate

In 1860 he was elected president.  

He said “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so” ———-Abraham Lincoln————

One man with courage can affect the majority. 

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