“6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chastens not?
8 But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons.” Hebrews 12:7-8
Many any the modern church claim that God does not chastise His Children. This heresy claims the conviction of the Holy Spirit for sin is condemnation from the devil.
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22
Through faith in Christ Jesus and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross, the Believer has dominion over sin (Romans 6:14) and our hearts are sprinkled from an evil conscience, not evil consciousness as this false doctrine teaches. Just to be sure, Joseph Prince is the leader the pack in this teaching; pun intended.
Conscience is the knowing of what is morally right and wrong. It is the witness of one’s conduct, whether it be morally good or bad according to God.
On the other hand, consciousness is being aware of or awake to one’s surroundings. On a side note, you will notice atleast in the NKJV, they have substituted the word “conscience” with the word “consciousness” in Hebrews 10:2 which altogether changes the meaning of the text…just as the devil intended.
As a born again Believer, our evil conscience is sprinkled with the Blood of Jesus. Our “knowing” of that which is morally wrong is illuminated under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and we fall on our knees in repentance. We are not unconscious of sin but very much conscious to it and our conscience bears witness that this evil, whatever it may be, is not of God. Make no mistake, this “evil” will often times appear “good”.
This is not condemnation; this is conviction by the Holy Spirit. Friend, if you are not being convicted of that which is right and wrong by the Holy Spirit, you are illegitimate…not because I said or think so but because that is what the Word of God says. For what son is he Whom the Father chastens not?
“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:1-2
Sadly, if you don’t believe this to be true, it is possible your conscience is seared and not sprinkled. If the Word of God calls sin a sin, yet your conscience calls it good…your conscience is seared my friend and you must repent.
-Donna Clark Warren