Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

Overruling Your Conscience

July 2, 2019

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. Titus 1:15 (NIV)

Picture a teenage boy out with his friends. He has never taken drugs before but his friends encourage him to try them.
He knows that drugs are addictive and destructive, and his conscience tells him that taking them is wrong. But there are other pressures. He wants his friends to like him. He is curious. He thinks it can’t hurt this once. So he overrides his conscience.

In that moment, the boy’s pulse races, his heart pounds, and his hands become sweaty. He experiences a rush of adrenalin produced by the excitement of overruling his conscience.

What he doesn’t see is that in overruling his conscience, he diminishes its power. His conscience is weakened. It is less sensitive, and therefore less effective. Next time, the decision to take the drug will be much easier. If this boy repeats his choice and takes the drug again, after a while it will become a pattern in his life.

Since it is being overruled repeatedly, his conscience stops objecting. The boy’s conscience conforms to the new reality and begins to approve of the drug. After a while he will feel that there is nothing wrong with what he is doing. His “re-educated” conscience now agrees with his decision. The boy’s conscience has been corrupted.

Acting against your conscience will bring a change in your inner life. It will change how your conscience functions. A corrupt conscience approves the wrong things, and the conscience is corrupted whenever a person acts against it over time.

Have you ever overruled your own conscience?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

Explore this topic further

Where Obedience Comes From

Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. Romans 1:5 (NIV) Faith is the bond of a living union with Jesus Christ, and so the obedience of faith arises out of...

Read Post

What Jesus Says about Obedience

“A man…had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later changed his mind and went. Then, the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he...

Read Post

What the Bible Says about Obedience

God’s call to a life of obedience is clear throughout the Bible. The Holy Spirit is given for obedience. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And...

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

For All Who Grieve

A new book from Pastor Colin Smith

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.