“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron…” (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
Yesterday we learned that a conscience can be “good” while in sin, as when Saul had a good conscience while he persecuted Christians (Acts 23:1; 26:9-11). Today we learn how a conscience that was once trained in righteousness becomes seared; without feeling and broken. For the Christian, it happens when he or she chooses to “depart from the faith”. Deliberate sin, practiced time and again, overrules the promptings of your conscience until finally it is useless as an early warning devise against sin. To prevent a seared, unfeeling conscience you must be careful not to violate your conscience. Once you start doing so it becomes easier and easier to sin, and your conscience is gradually destroyed. Even then, God is ready and willing to forgive you if only you will repent. You can rehabilitate your conscience by God’s grace and your faith. Better still, refuse to practice sin and you will avoid damaging your conscience in the first place.