Good Conscience and Sincere Faith in Timothy

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.

1 Timothy 1:18-19 18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies previously made about you, so that by them you may strongly engage in battle, 19 having faith and a good conscience.

1 Timothy 3:8-9 Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

Within a week of each other – 50 Shades of Grey

Within a week of each other, in February 2015, the movie 50 Shades of Grey came out in theaters and 21 Christians we’re headed by terrorists.

It’s official*: All’s fair in love and war.  And people are choosing to do whatever they wish, including inhumanity acts.

(*We knew this already, but now we are really sure.)

People are exercising their God-given choice to have free will.

Larry Moore in SS said Christians need to do a better job of bringing people into the faith.

Carolyn Grove in the Learn-Grow-Serve meeting said Christians are too complacent.

Sadly, but accurately, the title, 50 Shades of Grey, describes how people see the world.  There is no black and white. No right and wrong. Everything is a shade of grey subject to situation ethics.