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Can People Have Different Convictions? (Updated: 11/03/2021)

I was scrolling through some of my most viewed posts, stumbled upon this one, and realized… oof, I need to edit this one. There’s quite a bit I can still stand by, but the main idea behind the post I do not stand by, therefore, I recant the original idea. I wanted to let you all know this post is now edited to what you see below. 

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Recant Statement & Update: October 10th, 2021 – I apologize for some of the previous wording in this post. I recant from saying you don’t need conviction to know what sin is. For some reason, I had the wacky idea you don’t need conviction to know what sin is. And the reality is conviction is the pricking of the Spirit. Now, my arguments previously were that scripture lays out sins, and so we shouldn’t need “conviction” for those sins because we should know they are sins. But the truth is even if we are told something is wrong, until our eyes are opened by the Holy Spirit, we will reject the truth. People reject the truth all the time when it comes to sin. They aren’t convicted and they are desensitized. They need Jesus to open their eyes. I corrected a few things, and added a few notes, too. Hope this helps!

This is a topic that definitely has been discussed multiple times in my comments and by other bloggers. (Added Noted 10/10/2021: In the fall of 2018: I shared some heavy posts about my conviction over media, and some people took to it really strongly. Now, as in this post, I point out some things that are sinful in media, regardless of someone’s personal conviction. It’s important to consider that when media portrays sin, often sin is encouraged for the viewer, too. Maybe not everyone is going to get rid of their tv, and that’s ok. But we all are accountable to what we expose ourselves to, including sins like lust, as I list below.)

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

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, dying to our flesh daily, and follow Christ. (Matthew 19:20-231 Corinthians 15:53-54Romans 8:031 Peter 2:21)

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Some convictions are personal convictions. These are convictions that are not sinful to begin with, but for an individual are sinful. Such as drinking. Scripture does not say we can’t drink, it says do not get drunk. Some, such as myself, are personally convicted not to drink alcohol. But that does not mean it’s a sin for others.

However, this is not what I am talking about. The sins listed in the Bible, we can’t argue, yet, many do claiming they are still Christians, too.

The main struggle I see in the world is that today’s proclaimed 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, pride and other pleasures of the world. 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 “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.

And that was hard to accept. 

Note 11/03/2021: Maybe you can watch this media, but you should see there is a problem with cursing, sex, sexual jokes, making fun of Christians, taking God’s name in vain, and the like. Being desensitized to these things is not good. 

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. *Added note 10/10/2021: While people may have different convictions regarding media, and that is ok, we can’t avoid the fact that some media is just pure trash and encourages the lust of the senses. We need boundaries and we need to be accountable to what we allow ourselves to partake of. 

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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, it’s pretty obvious when these topics are not made for Christians. I think if we are digging for “symbolism” through secular means to say something is “Christian,” when Christ is not the center, is quite the 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) Added Note 10/10/2021: Pretty sure, this wasn’t a first time offense, but you get the idea. 

Added 11/03/2021- It’s still possible to use children’s shows or movies to discuss with kids what the problems are. Marcia Montenegro from Christian Answers for the New Age has gone over a few kids’ films and explained problematic theology. There are other Christians who have used secular media to explain certain problems. My focus is we need to be accountable to what we expose ourselves to and not quick to dismiss sinful things depicted or encouraged. 

Even though Christ can take the sin through the atonement sacrifice on the cross, and the justification He gives us through His resurrection and imputed righteousness, for all who put their faith, the reality does not dampen or weaken that the sin itself is still evil. Christians do not tolerate sin. The Holy Spirit who resides within us will not tolerate sin in our life. He WILL make us uncomfortable. If media does make us uncomfortable because it’s related to sin, that’s probably a good indicator. 

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. Added Note 10/10/2021: I’m not the person to defend your actions to. At the end of the day, can you face the Lord in good conscience? That’s what matters. 

Conviction is a not good feeling. The thing is conviction tends to happen more often when we are drawing closer to Christ. If we are not drawing closer to Christ each and every day, then we may be drifting, and that will be evident in our life. 

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. Added Note 10/10/2021: What I mean by this is it seems odd to me that people wait for “feeling convicted” in order to stay away from sin that is blantantly told in the Bible. For example, a couple should not have sex if they are not married. You shouldn’t wait to “feel convicted” about it. You SHOULD know it’s wrong and put measures in place not to fall into that temptation. Conviction is deeper than just “feeling” a particular way. It’s respect and caring about our Savior and what He did on the cross for us. It’s knowing He can help us with sin and He can help us repent, and turn away from sin. That alone SHOULD convict you. 

Scripture does not say wait until we receive a revelation from God 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! The conviction often happens when we seek, not feelings, but the truth in the Bible.  

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.”

I also recommend this post on emotionalism and how it is dangerous for Christians. – Should We Use Our Emotions As Truth?

*To learn more about what Jesus did on the cross and why His atonement sacrifice is so needed please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?) 
*If you do not know the Gospel, do not turn away. If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?

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20 thoughts on “Can People Have Different Convictions? (Updated: 11/03/2021)

  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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