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No Conscience! (5 of 7)
Series: The "7 Things God Hates"
Proverbs 6:18b; 2 Chronicles 36:11-21; Titus 1:15-16; 1 Timothy 4:1-2
INTRO: Solomon tells us that God hates the idea of someone without a conscience, or as it is in our main text, "feet that are quick to rush into evil." They are quick because they don't care, they lack a conscience. Why does God hate this? Without a conscience man is reduced to a mere animal, hardly the intent of God's creation that we know as mankind.
Conscience is what the Spirit of God and the Word of God target in order to move us toward the Lord, without a conscience there can be no relationship with God. God hates anything that prevents us from coming to Him.
Tragically, every indication in Scripture seems to suggest that as we come closer to the coming of Christ there will be a dulling and searing of conscience among mankind.
We are driven by our conscience, like the rudder of a ship - and it is clear that we like to be happy as human beings; this means one of two things:
ILLUS: There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all. -- Ogden Nash, Leadership, Vol. 8, no. 2.
The quality and character of our life will be determined by the kind of conscience we develop ... our fate can literally depend on what we do with our conscience.
PROP. SENT: The Word of God teaches us to keep a sensitive conscience toward God, failure to do so condemns us and develops a hardened conscience by sin.
I. SELF WILLED! 2 Chron. 36:11-14; Titus 1:15-16
A. Stubborn Conceit 2 Chron. 36:11-13; Titus 1:15-16
1. Zedekiah was the last King of Judah, but in some senses he was hardly a king, he was more of a puppet ruler for Babylon.
a. He was the youngest son of the godly king Josiah.
b. He was nothing like his dad; he lacked a conscience and thus lacked a desire to do what was right.
c. Zedekiah like other ungodly kings ...
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