Deadening their Conscience so as to reduce their feelings of guilt.
All of us know that we have sinned, but not all of us are convicted of the guilt and ill desert of sin. Many are careless and do not feel the burden of sin, the horrors and terrors of remorse, and have not a sense of condemnation and of being lost.
But without this, Lost Souls cannot understand or appreciate the Gospel method of salvation. They cannot intelligently and heartily ask or accept a pardon until they see and feel the fact and justice of their condemnation.
It is absurd to suppose that a careless, unconvicted sinner can intelligently and thankfully accept the Gospel offer of pardon until he or she accepts the righteousness of God in their condemnation. Conversion to Christ is an intelligent change. Hence the conviction of ill desert must precede the acceptance of mercy; for without this conviction the soul does not understand its need of mercy. Of course, the offer is rejected. The Gospel is no glad tidings to the careless, unconvicted sinner.
The spirituality of the law should be unsparingly applied to the conscience until the sinner’s self-righteousness is annihilated, and they stand speechless and self-condemned before a holy God.
Time and again I heard a new Christian, on being asked to give their testimony to a group of listeners, speak of how horrible they were and how bad their life was going. Then they would say how they joined the church and found the people were loving towards them. As a result, they believed in Jesus and became a Christian. They would then add how improved their life was. However, some soon moved on to another church, some went from church to church.
The missing link in their testimonies was the moment that they felt the Holy Spirit of God entering their being. That moment when the Lord Jesus and his Father came and made their home with them.
They were deluded by Christian Church Leaders and Teachers into wrong thinking. Christian Leaders and Teachers who were in all probability Lost Souls living out a Man-Made Christian Religion that was not empowered and approved by God.
This is not new, for the Prophet Jeremiah mentioned it a few thousand years ago. Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Lost Souls easily deceive themselves and need to be taught the truth about themselves and their condition. Though many will avoid such teaching and what is worse have others help them to do it.
This is what the Prophet Hosea said on this subject. Hosea 10:2 Their heart is deceitful, and now they must bear their guilt. The Lord will demolish their altars and destroy their sacred stones.
Notice how this Prophet said that it was the Lord Jesus who would punish them.
Over the years I have visited Christian Churches and also Christian websites and have been dismayed at the absence of any worthwhile mention of the Lord Jesus who they claim is the Head of their Christianity. Relevant Testimony regarding him and what he has done, is doing, and will do, is nowhere to be seen.
They must know this!
May God have mercy on them and allow the Holy Spirit to steer them out of darkness and into the light towards the Cross in the Gospel of Jesus.