In spite of our society being so wicked as to think nothing is wrong with homosexuality and same sex marriage which God calls an abomination most people still think they are too good for God to send them to hell.
If they do not think this is a sin then they probably do not see anything wrong with anything else God calls a sin.
With people living so wickedly yet still thinking they are too good for God to send them to hell this lets us know one of the biggest sins in our society with sinners is self righteousness.
This spirit of self righteousness is due in a large part to a lack of preaching and living designed to bring the fear of God. This great lack of the fear of God in our preaching has produced multitudes of false professors who have never repented. It seems most preaching today is designed to be void of any and all fear of God.
No one can come to know God unless they fear God (Proverbs 1:7).
No one will depart from their sin (repent) until they fear God (Proverbs 3:7, Proverbs 14:27, Proverbs 16:6).
No one can be saved and turn to Jesus without turning from their sin (Luke 13:3, 5, Acts 3:26, Acts 20:21, Acts 26:20, Mark 1:15, Hebrews 6:1).
No one will depart from their sin until they first hate their sin. No one will hate their sin until they fear God (Proverbs 8:13).
To come to know God (Proverbs 1:7), you must hate your sin (Proverbs 8:13) and forsake it (Proverbs 28:13, Proverbs 16:6). You can do none of this without the Spirit of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2-3). This is basic foundational salvation.
To fear God according to Jesus Christ you must believe God will send you to hell for your sin (Matthew 10:28). If you do not believe this you do not fear God and are not saved and are in no condition to be saved.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowing God and the beginning of the fear of the Lord is realizing God is so just and holy that He will deservedly send you to hell for your sin.
The main reason men do not seek God and are not saved is pride (Psalm 10:4). We are saved by grace but God only gives His grace to the humble but resists the proud (James 4:6).
Men do not seek after God because of pride (Psalm 10:4). Pride deceives (Obadiah 1:3). Men willfully choose not to know God because of deception (Jeremiah 9:6). Men are deceived because they do not love the truth but have pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). God gives them over to strong delusion by believing they are right with God when they are not.
Pride leads to deception and deception leads to idolatry (Romans 1:18-28).
Men do not seek God because of pride and the Bible states the reason men are so full of pride that they flatter themselves in their own eyes until their iniquity is found to be hateful is because they have no fear of God (Psalm 36:1-2).
We must have the spirit of the fear of the Lord in our preaching and living to destroy the pride in men’s hearts that they will humble themselves before a Holy God, repent, cry out for mercy and receive grace to be saved from the power of sin.
The Psalmist cries out “Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations will know themselves to be but men” (Psalm 9:20).
With no fear of God pride in man’s heart goes unchecked and unrestrained and men become full of pride and think they are gods.
The Bible contrasts the fear of the Lord with hardness of heart (Proverbs 28:14). Men have become so obstinate, arrogant and hardened towards God because of so little of the fear of God. Sadly there is so little of the fear God because most preaching deliberately removes all fear of God.
We need preaching that will bring the fear of God to humble, melt and break hardened obstinate hearts (Isaiah 63:17).
Jeremiah said God’s Word is like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces (Jeremiah 23:29). Most sinners as well as professing Christians and church members are in so much deep sin and disobedience that they need at least several blows of God’s Word wielded like a hammer to break up their hardened, rebellious and obstinate hearts.
Men can only be saved once they fall on the stone (Jesus Christ) in brokenness, contrition and humility (Matthew 21:44) after having their hearts broken up by the hammer of the Word (Jeremiah 23:29). God only saves those of a contrite spirit (Psalm 34:18).
The fear of the Lord is the Spirit of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2-3) and we are to cry out to God to rend the heavens and pour out His Spirit (Isaiah 64:1-3) because without Him we can accomplish nothing.