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