18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18 (NIV)
This is another verse form the Bible that exposes the corruptions in theologically infested churches. The main characteristic of a theologically infested religious church is the use of threats and blackmails to strike fear in the hearts of their members.
In the minds of religious preachers, fear is the only weapon used to ensure obedience of their drones (congregation). They will say things like, if you don’t read the Bible, pray, serve in the church, confess your sins, live a holy life, give money to the church, go for missions or any other stuff in the list, God will not be happy with you. There is no limit on the perverted things God can do to you when he is not happy.
What is your choice? Do you dare to make God unhappy? So, if you don’t want to be the victim of God’s perversion, you better obey the preacher. Give him any amount of money he wants and go for missions.
Ironically, even when you manage to live a holy life and obey everything the preacher said, you are still subjected to some perversions. Only this time, there is a different name. It is called “sufficient grace”. Remember Paul? Paul was so dedicated and worked so hard for God. How did God reward him?
Paul was so privileged that he received a disease called “thorns in the flesh”. Are you inspired to obey God?
The above are the things you will get from religious churches. They couldn’t be further from the truth.
The truth is, God is not a pervert. He will never do perverted things to anyone. 1 John 4:18 tells us that there is no fear in love. The moment you can truly believe that God loves you, you will not have fear in your heart. You can go to God boldly and tell him everything you want without the fear that he will send you to hell for saying a wrong word. This is true freedom.
This is the way I live right now. I have stopped being politically correct with God. I can say anything I want to him without worrying that I might end up in hell. This includes words like, “no”, “not interested”, “ what is in for me?”, “how much will I get from this?” and any other words that can cause the theologians to shout, “blasphemy!” I can face God with openness and honesty. Why else can do the same?
The second part of the verse says, “But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.” Why punishment? It is a common religious belief that if you do wrong, God will punish you. This is the real reason why religious people appear to be moral. Their morality is caused by the fear of punishment.
We Christians do not have to live like that. Jesus had taken all our sins at the Cross. If God really needs to punish anyone for our sins, he will have to go for Jesus because all our sins become his. Thank God for the Cross.
This means even if we live immorally, we will still not have to fear punishment from God because of what Jesus has done to us. So, when we live holy lives and have high morals, we do it as a reflection on our true nature. In other words, we do good because we are good. In contrast, religious people do good to avoid punishments. Who do you think is truly holy?
Through his love, we live our lives boldly for the glory of our God. We are free to acquire all the prosperity we ever desire. If we happen to make mistakes and sinned, all we have to do is to pick ourselves up and move on. We do not have to fear punishments from God because we have his love in us.
The last part of the verse tells us that the moment we have fear, we have not made perfect in love. Please note that while the entire verse leans more on the subject on being punished by God, it can also applies to anything that causes fear in us.
What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of not having enough money, being sick or troubles in relationship? All your fears will be gone the moment you are made perfect in God’s love. This means once you have been made perfect in God’s love, you have the capability to overcome all your fears.
You don’t have to wonder on whether God will give you the prosperity you desire, heal your sickness or giving you the breakthrough you need. The love of God guarantees that you will have everything you want.
This is the meaning of being made perfect in God’s love.