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Can People Have Different Convictions?

This is a topic that definitely has been discussed multiple times in my comments and by other bloggers.

Growing up in the church, I truly was of the mindset that people will get convicted differently. Today, I still think there are somethings that people will be convicted of differently, but it is not what a lot of people think.

What do I mean by that?

Conviction– Is a belief or it is something that is found to be guilty.

The way I was taught about conviction is basically when a person repents of their sins and follows Jesus, as they draw closer to Him they will naturally be convicted over and over to give up certain things of this world.

Conviction is part of the refining process. Through Jesus Christ, we become a new creation. The old has died and the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17) We are to follow in the footsteps of Christ. In the same way the rich man was told to sell all he had and follow Jesus, we are told to let go of the things of the world’s sin, dying to our flesh daily, and follow Christ. (Matthew 19:20-23, 1 Corinthians 15:53-54, Romans 8:03, 1 Peter 2:21)

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There is a mindset that some believe people can keep on doing certain things until they receive a “feeling” of guilt or conviction. To an extent, I think some people will have different convictions in things that they give up that others may not. HOWEVER, these things, to begin with, ARE NOT SINFUL! 

Sin is sin, we can’t argue that.

The main struggle I see in the world is that today’s Christians are hell-bent (to be stubborn and recklessly determined) to define for themselves what is sin and what isn’t sin.

Sin has already been determined, there’s no debate. Period. Not when it comes to God. He already has clearly told us what is sin. The problem now is because we are attached to our routines, our shows, our friends, our outings, books, music, movies, language, murders, crimes, “love”, sex, fantasy, supernatural, magic, vanity, lies, deception, witchcraft, etc. We want to proclaim now, “Well, someone can watch porn and that’s okay because they aren’t convicted.”

For the record, you do not have to go to a porn site to see porn. I’ll say it… Game of Thrones. Fifty Shades. ANY SCENE WITH SEX INCLUDING THOSE “OH SO CUTE” ROMANTIC COMEDIES!

For the record, I used to love rom coms. I also used to be really into The Big Bang Theory show. But the cursing, sex, sexual jokes, making fun of Christians, taking God’s name in vain, etc. It’s all unwholesome, no matter how many excuses I tried to give myself, and God. I DO NOT NEED CONVICTION TO KNOW WHAT IS SIN!

And that was hard to accept. 

As a writer, I love and appreciate backstory. I love twists and turns in stories. Well developed characters, yes! But when there is anything unwholesome in a show, movie, book, song, video, discussion (ladies…gentlemen…), whenever it’s unwholesome…it’s sin.

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While I do think it is possible to talk about some of these subjects in a wholesome manner that leads to Jesus, you know when these topics are not made for Christians. I think if we are digging for “symbolism” through secular means that’s kind of a stretch.

We are told to be set apart. We do not have to be part of the world’s media to stay “up to date” with others. Our actions and life are more of a testament than what we have in common with the world.

There are shows that are rated PG and G that are sinful, too. A commenter a while ago once brought up how children’s shows can have very disrespectful children, and yes, that’s true, being disrespectful to parents IS a sin. Did you know that back in the day, Old Testament, children who were disrespectful repeatedly could be killed? (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)

Even though Christ can take the sin of disrespect through forgiving us when we repent, no less does it dampen or weaken that the sin itself is still evil.

Just because the world waters down sin, does not, at any time, mean God views sin differently.

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I know some people may be tired of me constantly bringing up sin, conviction, and media, but our world is saturated in sin, and the media is saturated in sin. Our modern world is consumed with media. That’s why I talk about it. Also, the fact many feel they have to defend their actions to me… that might actually be conviction right there. 

Conviction is a not good feeling. The thing is conviction tends to happen more often WHEN WE ARE DRAWING CLOSER TO CHRIST! The way Christians act today. “When I get convicted then I will know to surrender, submit, and draw closer to Christ.” This is truly a dangerous territory to be walking in. We have forgotten our first Love for another.

Scripture does not say wait until we receive knowledge or a “feeling” on what is a sin. Scripture says RUN to Christ and that Christ, HIS WORD, teaches us what is sinful. Evil, darkness, and sin are not hidden from our eyes! Yet, we are the ones with scales that need to fall!  

At the end of the day, at the end of a person’s life, no one is coming to me and this blog post for their eternity. It’s not about what I say, but what Jesus says. The Abider who intercedes for us. The Comforter who takes all of our accusations of sin through forgiving us and repentance in our soul.

It’s about you and Christ. How you are living for Him? How I am living for Him?

What are we truly doing with our time?

(NLT) 1 John 2:06, “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”

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20 thoughts on “Can People Have Different Convictions?

  1. Truth! The goal shouldn’t be to see how close we can get to sin without crossing a line, but to see how close we can get to Jesus. The closer I come to Him, the less alluring sin seems to be. It’s that old hymn, “The things of this world grow strangely dim/ in the light of His glory and grace.”

    I’m with you – I can no longer watch things I used to view without compunction. And I don’t miss them – not anymore. But I did make a choice to stop watching first – not because I necessarily “felt” convicted, but because I began to feel that these things did not bring honor and glory to the God who died for me. He DIED for me. All I’m doing is using my time differently… it can’t even be called a sacrifice!

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    1. Amen, that’s a point I really want people to take to heart. Conviction often is a fruit after we sacrifice and surrender things to the Lord. It isn’t always automatic. We already know the truth or have access to the truth from scripture. Jesus does not need to do anything else for us to help us know what is wrong. But the Comforter will help us the more we draw closer to Him.

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  2. I totally agree! Sin is sin. PERIOD. But I think that people can have different convictions about things such as modesty (to some extent), makeup, music/movies (again, to some extent) and other things. Great post my friend!

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    1. I can agree as long as those things are not originally sinful or stumbling to others. Like I said in the post some convictions will be different. For example, some people choose not to have any social media. It can be used for sinful things but it doesn’t have to be. Make up is an excellent example!

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  3. I liked this. Well said! I think there is some variation in sin. Paul addressed this in some of his writings about eating meat sacrificed to idols or circumcision. The Holy Spirit will prompt us, guide us. If the Lord tells me to put the shopping cart back, but everyone else can just leave it in the parking lot, well then it would be a sin for me, but not for them.

    Many things in the modern world are a sin for ALL of us, however, and I think we really do try to justify what we know is wrong.

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    1. Amen, exactly. Things that by themselves aren’t sinful, might still be sinful to us, absolutely! The shopping cart is a great way to look at it!

      Amen! There are so many sins that are just plain sin, for everyone. I think it’s hard for us to admit that, and we become attached to a lot of things. But Christ wants us to cast it aside, and He did the dirty work for us. We just have to give it to Him ❤

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  4. Very well said. Right now I’m reading a book by Andy Andrews, “The Little Things”. He says a lot about allowing “feelings” to guide us. He also blames us who know feelings are a terrible way to build a life because we haven’t spoken up. Well, you have spoken up, well done, Sister, well done!

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    1. Just last Bible Study a fellow sister and I went over The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis and timely enough it touched on feelings and how it blurs what we think we know. God’s hand definitely helped me write me the post and I’m glad it’s speaking to others.

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  5. Well said. The little things ends up becoming big things. We are constantly guard our gates (heart, eyes and ears). Sin is sin but there are things that aren’t sin that we respond to differently. I think Hannah said the other but I wanted to add. Good job sis.

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    1. Exactly, and that’s why I stated that early in the post. There are some sins, that are not sin to begin with. But some people may be convicted they are, so they have to give up certain things.:) Glad you liked the post!

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  6. Amen! Yes so true! You don’t need conviction to know what is sin. I agree with you on that. It’s not hard to discern. We know what God hates and what He loves, but if we truly love Him we will let go and give up that which is fleshy and sinful. I once to used to watch sexualized TV programs that were blasphemous to name a few Empire, The Big Bang Theory, How to get away with Murder, Modern Family, you name it. I used to read a lot of Crime filled books, filled with other graphical and disturbing content, but I wanted to truly change for Christ and I felt His convictions and Him talking to me to put it down. And I did and I have grown in Him so much more now and continue to! A blessed & bold post. Blessings & grace! ❤

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    1. Praise Jesus Almighty! He will give us the strength as we take refuge under His wings ❤ ❤ I used to watch a lot of supernatural videos or shows and God just showed me the darknesss of it and how it doesn't bring Him glory. There is nothing holy in those things and I am to seek holiness ❤

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