A very dangerous lie is now being preached on the pulpits. People are being taught that the Holy Spirit does not want us to be conscious of our sins. Now if you have indeed confessed your sins, repented and have received the forgiveness of God; the Holy Spirit does not want you walking in guilt and condemnation.
However, if you sin and do not feel guilty, it is an indication that you have a seared conscience. I once heard someone rightfully say, “Cheese in a trap, doesn’t make it a dish.” This lie is often surrounded by truth when preached, you may have heard it like this:
“God doesn’t want you sin conscious but conscious of the righteousness of Christ.”
Let us look at some verses that expose this error:
“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements: You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. If you do this, you will do well. Farewell.” Acts 15:28-29 – notice the Holy Spirit’s warning about sins.
“I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.” 2 Cor 12:21 – notice the Apostle Paul pointing out the sins of people.
“….they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas” Acts 19:16-18 – notice the people publicly and boldly confessing their sins.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Tim 3:16 – notice like any good father, God wants to know what is wrong in your life.
I want to encourage you today to keep a good conscience. The Holy Spirit will work in you with your conscience to convict you of sin.
If you are a child of God, the Holy Spirit will never convince you that you are a sinner.
God has given you a pure heart with all of His laws and love written on it. Deep down, you know when you do wrong. If you do wrong, I encourage you to confess, repent and receive forgiveness. Keep a good conscience.
“Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.” 1 Tim 1:19