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The Inward Voice

how he will do it this time. Jesus’ words seem so straightforward. How can they possibly mean anything other than what He plainly said?

Yet within the space of twenty minutes (and no longer, lest he make the fatal mistake of going past noon), by breaking rules of logic, ignoring biblical context, dredging up some modern myths, adding a dash of cheap humor, and skillfully twisting obvious truth, he is able to pacify everyone who hopes that Jesus’ words have no application to them. Once again a blind man has led the blind. The goats smile. The sheep weep. The inward voice has been drowned in a delusion.

But the sad ending of this story is just a precursor to a more tragic conclusion, because everyone must one day stand before the One who wrote His Law on their hearts and give an account. Did I obey God’s Law or not? Paul warned, “It is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified” (Rom. 2:13). He learned that from Jesus: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21). It seems that too few believe those solemn words.

The voice of the conscience is itself a gospel from God, as logic would dictate that if God is convicting me for what I’m doing and not immediately punishing me for it, then He must be offering me a window of opportunity to repent and receive a pardon. How foolish it would be to conclude that God, the giver of my conscience, will grant me a pardon apart from my repentance. My God-given conscience tells me otherwise. That is why the gospel of Scripture is a call to repentance. And that is why the gospel proclaimed without a call to holiness is a grand delusion.

“The Inward Voice”, an article on God’s reason for conscience ©2007 David Servant and ShepherdServe.org.. You are welcome to repost this article as long as the article is unaltered and kept in its entirety (with all links and credits attached), and is not sold for profit.

David Servant has been serving in ministry since 1979 as a church-planter, pastor, teacher and missionary. He has taught God’s Word in over fifty nations and authored many books, inlcuding The Disciple-Making Minister, which has been distributed to Christian leaders all over the world in many languages. His ministry Shepherd Serve equips pastors and Christian leaders around the world.

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