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Ignore the Ministries of the Holy Spirit to Your Own PERIL!

05 May

This is Part 5 in our five-part series on theologically quenching the Spirit of God.   FirefoxScreenSnapz483We saw in our 1st post that we may theologically quench the Spirit of God when we fail to be Berean believers.  In Part 2 we pointed out that we quench the Spirit when we don’t listen to His speaking to us through other believers.  We then noticed that we quench the Spirit  when we confuse our impressions with the Spirit’s speaking through the Word.  In Part 4 we suggested that when we don’t test all that we hear by the Spirit’s primary tool, the Word of God, we quench the Spirit.

The fifth way we may theologically quench the Spirit of God is when —

V.  WE IGNORE THE MINISTRIES OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD — AND SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES!

The Bible teaches that the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, has a variety of ministries to the believer in Christ.  Let’s briefly think about three of these.

CONVICTION OF SIN:  Jesus said, “Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” (John 16).  One writer argues vehemently against the idea of the Holy Spirit convicting the believer of sin:  He says,

“This is obviously a highly sensitive subject, but a very important one. FirefoxScreenSnapz484Your answer to this question will influence your view of God and your relationship with Him immensely. For some reason, many teachers of the Bible have taught that when Christians sin, the Holy Spirit will convict them of their wrongdoing, giving them the chance to repent and over time they will learn to sin less. This goes against so many scriptures it’s just not funny. There is actually not even one scripture that says the Holy Spirit convicts Christians of sin.”  This writer goes on to say (after looking at a number of Scriptures):

“These are just a few of the scriptures that tell us God is not keeping score of our sins and that He actually in His almighty power has made Himself forget our lawless transgressions. If God is not keeping score and doesn’t remember our wrong doings, the Holy Spirit would be acting in rebellion against God by convicting us of sin. FirefoxScreenSnapz485Lastly, if faith is the only thing that pleases God, how does He expect us to have any morsel of faith if the guilt and condemnation from constant conviction of wrongdoing and missing the mark is robbing us of any shred of confidence we have to believe? Your capacity to believe is directly related to your ability to realize God is not judging you, but that He has judged Jesus in your place. God decided to treat Jesus the way you deserved to be treated, and to now treat you the way Jesus deserves to be treated. That is the basic definition of undeserved favour and unearned grace.  So in closing, the Holy Spirit doesn’t convict you of sin. It is the devil who is trying to get you to doubt the goodness of God. The next time you hear that conviction whispering in your ear, tell it to shut up because you are the righteousness of God in Christ and thank Him for Jesus’ sacrifice!”  {You may read his full article here}. (to be continued)

Questions:

1.  What do you think of this writer’s perspective?

2.  How would you prove from the Scriptures that the Spirit does indeed convict the believer of sin?

 

 

 
1 Comment

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in John 16

 

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One response to “Ignore the Ministries of the Holy Spirit to Your Own PERIL!

  1. joie hancock

    November 18, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Dr. Dixon, I suggest the writer of this article read the book, “Truefaced.” Thank you for continuing your blogs.

     

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