Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)

Near the beginning of his first letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul mentioned some false teachers in the church who rejected a good conscience which caused a shipwreck of their faith. Here's how the NET Bible translates Paul's words: "...You [Timothy] must hold firmly to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and… Continue reading Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)

Some Ways People Try to Soothe Their Guilty Conscience (Ash)

This is a repost from February, 2016. Christopher Ash's book, Discovering the Joy of a Clear Conscience, is a helpful resource on what the conscience is, how it works, and what it means to have it renewed and shaped by the Word.  In chapter six Ash talks about the hardened conscience and takes some time… Continue reading Some Ways People Try to Soothe Their Guilty Conscience (Ash)

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)