A Sermon on Romans 14:14-16
I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. (ESV)
Teaching on the conscience is relatively sparse in Scripture. The topic occurs in only a few passages in Paul’s letters, so many Christians are either uninformed about the conscience or perhaps confused. So how vital is it to the Christian life? What is Scripture’s teaching on it? In a sermon dedicated entirely to key questions regarding the conscience, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones commends the Apostle Paul’s teaching on the conscience as one of the most important subjects for the family of God. In his sermon on Romans 14:14-16, Dr. Lloyd-Jones brings related passages on the conscience together in order to evaluate key terms and answer basic question on the conscience. Toggling between Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 10, Dr. Lloyd-Jones analyzes the context of strong and weak Christians on matters of opinion. With regards to these indifferent matters, the conscience is ultimate. We are not to exercise our liberty in such a way that it comes under the condemnation of another believer’s conscience. Disregarding a brother’s conscience or our own can have devastating results. As such, Dr. Lloyd-Jones looks in-depth at Scriptural teaching on a defiled and seared conscience. Finally, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones provides listeners with the two main functions of the conscience in the Christian life. Be informed on this puzzling subject on the conscience and the Christian life.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.