But isn’t that just an excuse to let people do whatever they want without regard for the voice of the Holy Spirit?
This is the question we will get when we tell people to ignore their conscience. The religious flesh system counts on the “little voice of law” to keep people’s behavior in control. By equating the voice of the Holy Spirit and the conscience, they rob people of relationship and pull them back to the law. They also force people into a great deal of confusion. They provide lists of sinful actions and thoughts and then trust that people will remind themselves the next time something on the list brings temptation.
But there is no victory in that. Victory is found in relationship. We don’t need more of ourselves and lists don’t set us free. We need Someone else. The Holy Spirit is given to us to connect us forever to our Lord. Through Him we receive guidance and victory.
So the answer to the question above is an emphatic, “NO!” By teaching people to ignore their conscience we set them free to listen to the Lord. Weaning them from the flesh, which desires only to bring them back under law, is an act of love and empowerment.
We are not suggesting that people go out and do whatever they want. We are suggesting that they follow the Lord. Using the conscience, the tool designed by the flesh and the Law, to guide your actions is doing whatever you want. It may not feel like it, but you designed your conscience. That’s why it is no better guide than your unconverted judgment. Instead, we call people to look outside, to the Lord who is wise and good, for guidance.