The Conscience As God’s Courtroom (Ash)

One of the best resources I've found on the topic of the conscience is Christopher Ash's Discovering the Joy of a Clear Conscience. I was recently paging through the book again and found this helpful section in chapter two ("The Guilty Conscience"). It's worth sharing here: Someone has said that conscience is like God's courtroom… Continue reading The Conscience As God’s Courtroom (Ash)

On Christian Love and Not Causing a Brother to Stumble (Henry)

Here is something Paul wrote to tell Christians not to use their rights or freedoms to cause other Christians to stumble: "But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.  For if others see you—with your “superior knowledge”—eating in the temple of an idol, won’t… Continue reading On Christian Love and Not Causing a Brother to Stumble (Henry)

Do Not Wound A Brother’s Conscience! (Carson)

 While studying 1 Corinthians 8 today I was reminded how firmly Paul told Christians with stronger consciences to give up their rights for the sake of Christians with weaker consciences.  In fact, it's based on the gospel (v.11).  I appreciate how D. A. Carson explained 1 Cor. 8 in his devotional, For the Love of God (vol.… Continue reading Do Not Wound A Brother’s Conscience! (Carson)

The Law, the Heart, and the Conscience (Stott)

 Romans 2:14-15 is a very important part of Scripture that talks about the requirement of God's law and what it has to do with our hearts and consciences.  Here's how Paul said it: "For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do… Continue reading The Law, the Heart, and the Conscience (Stott)

Making the Legalist in Us Squirm (Luther)

 Martin Luther's comments on Galatians 4:3 will make the legalist in us squirm.  But they will also help explain what "Christ alone" means for the guilty conscience: The law does tell me to love the Lord my God, but it does not enable me to do so or to lay hold of Christ. I do… Continue reading Making the Legalist in Us Squirm (Luther)