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Conscience is to the soul what pain is to the body. We would like to avoid pain as much as possible, but at the same time we recognize that pain is a gift from God. If you didn't have pain, you would destroy yourself. Pain is critical to physical preservation. And so the conscience is critical to spiritual preservation.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Source: Cauterizing the Conscience

Drugs, therapy, entertainment - they're all used to silence a guilty conscience. But for the Christian, the conscience is the key to freedom.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Source: Keeping a Pure Conscience

Everybody who is created comes into the world with a sense of right and wrong. That is the law written in the hearts. In addition to that, God has put the conscience and the conscience is a warning device that sounds off when we violate that law, or affirms us when we obey it. The conscience is not that law; it is merely the warning device.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Source: Cauterizing the Conscience

It's essential to understand... that the conscience doesn't act independently. It can only act upon a belief system. It is not a belief system. The conscience is not the law of God. It is not the voice of God. It is not moral law. It is simply a mechanism.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Source: Cauterizing the Conscience

James 1 says, "Lust when it conceives brings forth sin"... If you don't win the battle on the inside, it will show up on the outside. A pure conscience is more to be sought than a good reputation.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Source: Cauterizing the Conscience

Our sensitivity to personal guilt is a fundamental trait of our humanness that distinguishes us from animals. To try to suppress the conscience is in effect to diminish one's own humanity.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Source: The Book on Leadership, p. 79.

The conscience is a built-in warning system that signals us when something we have done is wrong. The conscience is to our souls what pain sensors are to our bodies: it inflicts distress, in the form of guilt, whenever we violate what our hearts tell us is right.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Source: The Book on Leadership, p. 78.

The conscience...is not infallible. Nor is it a source of revelation about right and wrong. Its role is not to teach you moral and ethical ideals, but to hold you accountable to the highest standards of right and wrong you know.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Source: The Conscience, Revisited

Your conscience is like the nerve endings in your fingertips. Its sensitivity to external stimuli can be damaged by the buildup of calluses or even wounded so badly as to be virtually impervious to any feeling. Paul also wrote of the dangers of a calloused conscience, a wounded conscience, and a seared conscience.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Source: The Conscience, Revisited

Your conscience works off your belief system. [So] the more you know about the Word of God, the more you're consistently in the Word of God, learning the Word of God, hearing the Word of God, meditating on the Word of God, the more informed your conscience is truly informed.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Source: Cauterizing the Conscience

If you and I are to meet Christ with joy when He comes, we must make quite sure that our consciences are up to the mark with Him where He is in God's presence; able to be in identification with Him up there in the light: if not, you will not be able to meet His face with joy.

    Author: G.V. Wigram

A good conscience will save no man, wash away no sin, not lift us one hair's breadth towards heaven. Yet a good conscience will be found a pleasant visitor at our bedside in a dying hour.

    Author: J.C. Ryle

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