Tag: God’s Opinion

Inward Growth

A.W. Pink Imageby A.W. Pink“

A very few words must suffice upon the third aspect of inward growth… the Christian attaining more firmness and fixedness of character, so that he is no longer swayed by the opinions of others. He becomes more stable, so that he is less emotional; and more rational, acting not from sudden impulse but from settled principle. He becomes wiser in spiritual things because his mind is increasingly engaged with the Word of God and his eternal concerns, and therefore more serious and sober in his demeanor. He becomes confirmed in doctrine and therefore more discerning and discriminating in whom he hears and what he reads. Nothing can move him from allegiance to Christ, and having bought the Truth he refuses to sell it (Proverbs 23:23). He is not afraid of being called a bigot, for he has discovered that “liberality” is emblazoned prominently on the Devil’s banner.”

by A.W. Pink

The Death of A Conscience

Greg Laurie 90x115by Greg Laurie

What comes to mind when you hear the word "conscience"? Do you think of Jiminy Cricket who told little Pinocchio that when he didn’t know what to do, just give a little whistle and always let your conscience be your guide? It has been said that the conscience is the inner voice that warns us someone may be looking.

So what exactly is a conscience? A conscience is a bit like an alarm. We have alarms in our cars that I don’t think anyone listens to anymore. All the alarm is good for now is finding your car when you can’t remember where you parked it. We have alarms in our homes, including smoke detectors. My smoke detector only goes off at 3 in the morning – not because there is a fire, but because it needs a new battery. The only way to stop it from chirping is to actually get up and replace the battery. The temptation is to disable that alarm, because I don’t want to listen to it chirp. And that is the temptation with a conscience: to ignore it or to try and disable it.