Category Archives: guilt

Cleansing the Conscience — Conscience and Guilt — Part 9

How can I face my blameworthiness? It depends on whose honor I am seeking. If I am intent on seeking my own honor (as in John 5.44; 7.18!), then I am not seeking the honor of God. If I am … Continue reading

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Cleansing the Conscience — Conscience and Guilt — Part 8

Now, of course, one may grant what we have said, without therefore granting that we have answered our basic question. We are immediately dealing with glory (two posts ago, we made this step). What has glory to do with facing … Continue reading

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Cleansing the Conscience — Conscience and Guilt — Part 6

But how can I face the fact that my blameworthiness remains? This question dogs many who confront these ideas. First, it is a necessity that my blameworthiness remain. It is the presupposition of being a recipient of grace. Ephesians 2.7 … Continue reading

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Cleansing the Conscience — Conscience and Guilt — Part 5

If there is no way to be worthy (cp. 2 Cor 2.16), then how can I approach the Supper? By faith, I trust the work of Christ who has made us great enough, competent to be ministers of the new … Continue reading

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Cleansing the Conscience — Conscience and Guilt — Part 4

But what about subjective guilt? How can I deal with my awareness of my unworthiness? The problem really lies with the question. How can I be anything other than unworthy and be at the same time a recipient of grace. … Continue reading

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Cleansing the Conscience — Conscience and Guilt — Part 3

Sorry for the long hiatus. In the interim, I have broken my ankle in the ice that Dallas enjoyed in the last two weeks. Beyond that, just the normal business of a semester has kept me busy. But I’m back … Continue reading

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Conviction of sin?

A thoughtful reader posted a response to the last entry in the blog asking about the difference between guilt and conviction of sin. In our Christian thinking, we use the word conviction in two different ways. One refers to the … Continue reading

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