Have you ever looked at Revelation 21:8 and wondered why the "fearful" are aligned with the "unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers [fornicators], and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars" and will be cast into the lake of fire? All these are obvious sins. Is being "fearful" therefore a "sin"? The word used in Scripture for "fearful" is the Greek word deilos, which is also used in Matthew 8:26 where the disciples became fearful during a storm.

 

Jesus said, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" The "fearful" is a specific reference to those who lack faith in God, and it's used in a negative sense.

God has not given us the spirit of fear, but He has instead given us one of power, love, and a sound mind (see 2 Timothy 1:7). We have been given "power" to witness for Christ. We have "love" to cast out all fear, and we have "a sound mind" in Christ to faithfully testify to the truth of the gospel--that God is holy, that hell is real, and that the cross is the only way of escape.

 

So let's continue to wear our Christian T-shirts, chew our "Scripture gum," stick on our bumper stickers, fill the airwaves, pack our churches, and support Christian movies.

 

But at the same time let's diligently study biblical evangelism, so that we can rid ourselves of the paralyzing fear of man, and faithfully reach out to those who in a heartbeat may be snatched into everlasting hell.