|“…Evidence of Christ’s work in your life … is foundational to faith. If you don’t experience change, you will question the work of God in your life.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.” Romans 14:22-23
The person, who understands his freedom in Christ regarding the non-essentials, does not experience a guilty conscience when he partakes. The conscience is active in the lives of both the informed and ignorant. The enlightened conscience is able to live in harmony with God’s will. It is not your faith alone, but your faith developed by biblical knowledge that liberates your conscience.
As long as your conscience forbids a course of action, however, you are obligated to obey it. More than once the apostle Paul calls attention to the negative results of doing what your conscience disallows. He tells the Romans that if they eat doubting they condemn themselves. Paul does not make clear the nature of this condemnation, but you are safe to assume that you will eternally regret it if you do violate your conscience.
God gave you your conscience for a reason. He understands that it is not totally reliable, and therefore augments it with Scripture. Scripture shapes your conscience, but God does not address every ethical question of life. For example, the Bible does not address the issue of gambling. In ethical matters, where Scripture ends, conscience begins, and God warns that you should not violate your conscience.
Isaiah 41-42 1 Thessalonians 1 (New King James Version)
1 Thessalonians 1
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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