IS OUR CONSCIENCE OUR GUIDE?

         A.  Have you ever heard someone say, "Let your conscience be your guide?"
         B.  Is this good advice?  It depends on how the conscience has been trained.

     I.  Several aspects of the conscience

         A.  It is fallible.

         B.  It is individual.

         C.  It bears witness to the standard by which it has been programmed.
              Romans 2:14-15 (830)

         D.  The conscience accuses (condemns) or excuses (approves) our thoughts
               and actions.  Roman 2:15.  Example:

   II.  Five types of consciences.

         A.  Evil conscience. (I'm not about to do any better)

              1.  Attitude:
              2.  Those who have an evil conscience need their conscience purged. 
                   Hebrews 9:13-14 (887); Hebrews 10:22

         B.  Weak conscience. (I would do right if I knew what was right)

              1.  Corinthiuans 8:9-12 (845)

         C.  Defiled conscience. (Misguided)

              1.  Danger:
              2.  Titus 1:15-16 (881)

         D.  Seared concsience. (There is nothing wrong with me and I don't want to
              hear it).  Illustration:

              1.  1 Timothy 4:1-2 (877)

         E.  Good/Pure conscience. (God's standard is my standard)

              1.  The apostle Paul is an example.  Acts 23:1 (823); Romans 9:1 (835)

   Closing:  1) Review   2)) 1 Timothy 1:18-19 (876)