The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine

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Early on Dr. Frank includes helpful definitions of the fear of God found in Puritan writings. The first discovery of the fear of God is found to be in Heaven. There the fear was not a fear of dread or terror but of a worshipful demonstration that is of the very nature of the fear of God. The fear of God is expected from all beings made in God’s image.

The central portion of the book describes the fears that people have in their spiritual search. Those fears are variously identified as exclusively ungodly fear, as provisionally godly fear, and as perpetually godly fear. A misplaced fear is described and known as the fear of man. Most everyone has this fear to a greater or lesser degree.

The final chapter of the book is largely dedicated to Christian preachers. Practical guidance is given on the preaching of the fear of God. The appendix has a Puritan sermon that would be helpful in these matters.

Second edition has ADDED Study Questions and a new Scripture Index!

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Dr. Frank graduated from Gordon College and Gordon Divinity School in Boston and Wenham, Massachusetts, and served as pastor at First United Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and South Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate from Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, California, in 2003. As part of his doctorate project, he authored the book, The Fear of God: A Forgotten Doctrine.

Arnold was a humble man who loved and trusted in Christ, his Savior and Lord, and practiced what he preached. In April 1951, he married his beloved wife Jean. They enjoyed visiting with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as traveling, having made three trips to Europe, including a Reformation tour.

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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

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