We know the Bible is the Spirit-breathed, infallible, sufficient Word of God. We know it is eternal truth. But does it give us every answer to every question we might have about life? What about ‘matters of conscience’? Do we read things into the Bible in order to maintain our own beliefs? Do we try to look righteous like the legalists and Pharisees of Jesus’ time? Do we ignore or discount principles clearly stated in Scripture to justify our sin like the Gnostics or today’s emergents?
Pastor Randy White (no, not the ex-spouse to Paula White!) joins us this morning to discuss these and other important questions. And in our final segment we look at the problem of having celebrities in our churches, exemplified by a recent statement by Justin Bieber saying his church, Hillsong, welcomes open homosexuals to attend their church. What is meant by a “welcoming church” these days? Sure, you can “come just as you are,” but Jesus said to repent, not to stay in sin – whatever the sin.
…they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus. Romans 2:15-16
However not all men have this knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8 But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. 9 But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Cor. 8:7-9
But the goal of instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion,7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. 1 Timothy 1:5-7
…and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;1 Peter 3:16-18