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Coram Deo: Experience Freedom in His Presence

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
in those who hope in His mercy.

—Ps. 147:11


Coram Deo is Latin, translated as a phrase, “in the presence of God.” In historic church theology, Coram Deo communicates the truth of Christians living in the presence, under the authority, and to the honor and glory of God at all times.

Coram Deo is living in a cognizant state of being before the face of God. To live in the presence of God is to understand that whatever we do and wherever we do it, we are before the gaze of Almighty God. God is omnipresent. Therefore, there is no place that we can escape His penetrating gaze. HE sees! Coram Deo is to live with a conscience state of awareness of His sovereignty. We enjoy His terrible awesomeness and fear God when we encounter this relationship like a fountain of life as we read in Proverbs 14:27: “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.”


Coram Deo also means to be overwhelmed by God’s love, to be in awe of Him because He is so forgiving and merciful. Only those who are truly born of the Holy Spirit can understand this dual awesomeness! God is terrible, fearful, and full of awe! God is NOT tame, He is NOT safe, but He is oh so very good! Oh so holy, so merciful, and so loving. Without understanding the duality of holy severity and the incredible kindness of God, we cannot grow into true Christian maturity, nor will we realize the depths of freedom available to us in His presence.

Coram Deo living is wrapped-up in the fear of God, and the fear of God is not mere reverential trust. One merely need ask those who have truly received a glimpse of God or peer into the Holy Scriptures and read about those who have encountered God in His glory (Rev. 1:12-17). They fall in awe, in terrible fear—trembling before the Almighty! God has transformed my life through Coram Deo. I pray that you embrace Coram Deo yourself to experience that great freedom He has for those who love Him! Living in the full awareness and knowledge of Coram Deo ensures a victorious life that is free from sin bondage. You can see this in a study of the promises found in Scriptures in endnote (1) of this chapter. Holy prophets are rarely embraced or accepted during their office in this life. Real prophets live in Coram Deo. It is why they communicate very stark, specific, and distinctly bold pronouncements against sin as they warn of the soul’s destruction. Today, most of the church would not welcome such holy prophets of old, believing themselves smarter, more sophisticated, and more refined. Indeed, they are more refined—so refined most of the time as to passively empower sin to remain in the hearts of people.

I originally published this version of Coram Deo as one of my chapters in my book Freedom Realized – Finding Freedom From Homosexuality & Living A Life Free From Labels. (ISBN 13: 978-1-68314-493-9). I wrote the chapter as part of addressing people with same-sex attractions or coming out of homosexuality. The reality is Coram Deo, and cultivating a life, living in the presence of the Lord with real integrity, is for anyone, especially a man struggling with sexual sin of any kind.

This is one reason why I believe so many continue to struggle with same-sex attraction. The church, and even many in the ranks of ex-gay ministry, feel they must have a message that is kinder, nicer and more compassionate than the leadership in the Bible. It is true that most people today cannot stomach hearing bold, passionate preaching, and rarely is there a message on the torments of hell.

Truly, we have embraced a more effeminate, breathy, and timid gospel message with trendy messengers. This is a result of years of browbeating by the LGBTQ+ activist saying that the church is hateful. No doubt, the “church” in many places has been unkind and yes, even hateful. One example of true hate is the wickedness of the “God Hates Fags!” – Westboro Baptist gang. This gang is not Christian. They reject salvation and redemption for the repentant homosexual. We must not allow false accusations of hate to keep us from loving the world enough to declare and teach the unaltered, unedited, powerful truth of God’s Word — especially to the sexual sinner. We need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit for revival.

In church history, true heaven-breathed revival has always come as a result of much prayer—even years of prayer, along with constant and bold preaching of repentance. For freedom to really permeate same-sex attracted souls and anyone else held in bondage to any sin, the revelation of Coram Deo — knowing the fear of God — must be restored. This is precisely, the extremely important message for my own spiritual foundation for freedom. True spiritual formation for real freedom must have, “the beginning of wisdom.”

There are far too many people who pervert the teaching of the fear of God to instead minimize His holiness and make a god in their own image. Unfortunately, they leave many in bondage to same-sex lust and many other forms of sin as they proclaim a cheap-grace message and mere reverential trust. For freedom to really permeate same-sex attracted souls and anyone else held in bondage to any sin, the revelation of Coram Deo — knowing the fear of God — must be restored.

It is good that you take hold of one thing (righteousness/compassion/kindness) and also not let go of the other (wisdom/the fear of God/severity); for the one who fears and worships God [with awe-filled reverence] will come forth with both of them.”

-Ecc. 7:18. AMP (Parenthetical added)

CORAM DEO — God sees you, all the time. He knows everything you do, and one day you will give account to HIM when you die.

For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight (God sees all), but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Jesus Christ—The Word of God—will be our judge).

-Heb. 4:12&13 AMP

For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

-Heb. 10:30&31 AMP

Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and in trembling awe; for our God [is indeed] a consuming fire.

-Heb. 12:28 & 29 AMP

May We Grow In Coram Deo For Jesus’ Sake And For God’s Glory!

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