I have been hearing a lot of people talking about some new doctrine where we are not to have a “sin consciousness”. I am not sure exactly what they are talking about, but when I question them, they seem to be saying that we are saved by grace, (which is true), that we are made righteous by the death of Christ, (which is true), and that we can do anything we want to without guilt because we are righteous. (This part I can not find in the Bible.)
I will be writing on this on Mondays for the next few weeks. I feel that it is doing great harm to the body of Christ and I feel compelled to speak against this. Today, I want to look at 1st Tim. chapter 1.
18 I’m passing this work on to you, my son Timothy. The prophetic word that was directed to you prepared us for this. All those prayers are coming together now so you will do this well, fearless in your struggle,
19 keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in. There are some, you know, who by relaxing their grip and thinking anything goes have made a thorough mess of their faith.
20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are two of them. I let them wander off to Satan to be taught a lesson or two about not blaspheming. The message Bible
19 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.
20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God. NLT
This seems to describe the group I am talking about. When they say we are not to have a “sin consciousness”, I fear that they are rejecting the very umpire that God has granted to us to keep us from doing the things that are not pleasing in his sight.
1st John 3: 20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
In first Timothy, We are told not to violate our conscience. This does not mean we “change our mind” so that we no longer feel any guilt when we do something that is listed as sin, it means that we no longer do those things. That way, not only are we free from the guilt of sin, but also the consequences of sin – in this life, if not the next. Whatever Paul was talking about in 1st Timothy, Hymenaeus and Alexander did something worthy of discipline in Paul’s eyes and God’s eyes. Let us not balspheme by deliberately violating our conscience.