Yury Sipko “Keep your conscience clean”

“but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.” 1 Peter 3:16.

Conscience is a nasty thing.
Conscience is the ultimate judge, such a moral plumb line that determines the truth. And it does so regardless of external factors. For example, of the moral law among the Gentiles, the holy apostle Paul says:

Rom 2:15: “ They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.”

Can you imagine? The prophet Jeremiah tells us that the Lord is still intending to write the law on the hearts of His people.

Jer 31:33: “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

But, the Gentiles, that is, practically all men created by God have such a writing on their hearts. From this fact comes a serious condition. Every action of man is the result of a personal decision. Agreeing with conscience or ignoring conscience speaks of his freedom, of his right to choose, and of his responsibility for choosing one decision or another.

Paul, in his sermon to the church in Rome, speaks of authority as an institution established by God, urging obedience to authority, and explaining.

Rom 13:5: “Therefore we must obey, not only out of fear of punishment, but also out of conscience.”

Fear suppresses the will, precludes a reasonable, responsible attitude toward certain even criminal orders which are carried out without discussion or objection.
However, the Nurenberg Trials did not accept the excuses of the Gestapo workers who referred to the fact that they were only obeying the orders of the commanders, i.e., they were obedient to authority.
Obedience of conscience is a difficult and important clarification.
To obey according to one’s conscience means according to one’s conscience, according to one’s beliefs, according to one’s faith, to fulfill or not to fulfill the decrees of the authorities.

Here St. Paul asserts the fact that the citizen is above authority.
The personal freedom of the citizen, the freedom of his conscience, is the dignity of man. It is an inalienable right of man, given to him by God. That is why every citizen of the earth awaits the judgment of God, where each will be held personally responsible for himself before a holy God.

“Then the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and hell gave up the dead that were in them; and everyone was judged according to his own works.” Rev 20:13.

No one has the power to suppress a person’s conscience. The suppression of man’s conscience is a crime against man and against God!
Obedience according to conscience is a conscious, conscience-conscious recognition of the legitimacy of the authority’s demands and fulfillment of the authority’s demands.

Equally, the refusal to obey criminal orders and laws that suppress a citizen’s conscience is a legal right of a citizen.

Such freedom of conscience is a gift from God. All power which suppresses the conscience of the citizen is criminal, God-opposing, God-fighting.
Those who obey criminal laws and ordinances are accomplices to crimes and will be held equally responsible.

So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”

” Rom 2:3-6.

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