It is possible for a person to sear or cauterize their spirit to the point it will be unable to ascertain the things of God. This is sobering to think about.
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. (Acts 24:16)
Paul ensured he remained free from and “offence” against God or any man. I believe this means he was quick to repent of anything that could cause offense.
It is clear that Paul recognized the value of his conscience. It is the voice of the human spirit. God speaks to us through our conscience. It is imperative that we follow Paul’s example and “strive to always have a conscience void of offence”.
A person who continues to do what they intuitively know is wrong will lose their sense of right and wrong over time. This can happens to Christians and non-Christians alike. It does not mean the person is moved away from God’s mercy because He is always willing to accept any person that will turn to Him in repentance.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:28-32)
Paul begins the first chapter of Romans by telling us that the goodness of God draws men to Himself but then he ends the chapter with a much more somber tone. In this chapter we can see the progress of the journey a parson takes to lose their sense of right and wrong.
We are all born with an intuitive sense of right and wrong. God’s goodness draws us to Himself. Each person is given a freewill and has a choice of whether or not they will respond to His calling. Those who resist will find themselves moving further and further from Him. It is not God though who moves away from them.
How God’s heart must ache as He watches the person who resists Him move farther from Him into sin. He poured His wrath and judgment out on Jesus to redeem that man or woman but they reject His calling and turn their back to pursue their plans and selfish desires.
It does not matter how far a person sinks into sin or how far they move away from God. His mercy will always be available to those who turn back and cry out to Him! It is possible to move so far away from Him that a person will never repent but very few will ever sink to that level.
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