Conviction Confusion

28 May

I have heard the argument that new Christians often can’t tell the difference between conviction and condemnation and that when they are being dealt with by the Spirit, they can mistake it as the devil. If that be the case, the Holy Spirit and the devil are functioning on the same level, using guilt as a means of eliciting a response. This is confusion, of which Paul said that God never authors in our lives (1 Corinthians 14:33).

Paul White

Revelation to Transformation, 2011, WestBow Press, 49

4 Responses to “Conviction Confusion”

  1. jeremypenwarden May 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    I agree Paul. There is not NT scripture that I know of saying that the Holy Spirit ever convicts christians of sin.

    But John 16:8-9 promises that He will convict of righteousness – which means He convicts us that we ARE righteous,

    • Wesley June 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      John c16v9 says …Of sin, because they belive not on me; KJV
      What bible you reading?

      • Paul Ellis June 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

        Wesley, how can the Holy Spirit convict us of something He chooses not to remember (Heb 10:17)? Read John 16:9 in a literal translation and you will see the Holy Spirit convicts the world “concerning sin because they do not believe in me.” What’s to believe? That Jesus has taken away the sins of the world. You can find more on this post here.

  2. jeremypenwarden May 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    One cold say that a big problem for most christians is that when they are being dealt with by the devil they can mistake it for the Holy Spirit!

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