A prominent hyper-grace teacher, Joseph Prince, made a bold statement in his book: “The bottom line is that the Holy Spirit never convicts you of your sins. He NEVER comes to point out your faults. I challenge you to find a scripture in the Bible that tells you that the Holy Spirit has come to convict you of your sins. You won’t find any.”
I think before we issue a challenge to anyone, we’d better do our homework first. Otherwise, we may have to eat our own words. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
- The Holy Spirit definitely convicts (elegchō) believers of sin / reproves ((elegchō) believers who sin. It is part of God’s corrective discipline of His legitimate children so that they will not be condemned like the rest of the unbelieving world.
- The fact believers are convicted (elegchō) of their sins by the Holy Spirit—or are reproved (elegchō) for their sins—is a testimony to their legitimacy as children of God.
- But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first (Revelation 2:4)
- But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality (Revelation 2: 14)
- But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols (Revelation 2: 20)
- I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead (Revelation 3: 1)
- I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked (Revelation 3:15-17)
This false sense of security arises when believers embrace the false teaching that God never points out the fault of believers and that the Holy Spirit never convicts believers of sins.
- The Holy Spirit can only convict believers of sin if their conscience is not hardened or seared. http://bit.ly/1ghthQF
- The function of the Holy Spirit is to lead believers to the knowledge of the truth (John 16: 13), including the ability to know their true spiritual state in God’s eyes. Let me reiterate: The ultimate tragedy is when believers think they are prosperous and need nothing, not realising that they are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked (Revelation 3:17).
- The Holy Spirit’s role is to convict (elegchō) the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16: 8-11). The word ‘world’ refers to all, believers and non-believers alike. It is false to think that the Holy Spirit only convicts non-believers of their sins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eMWd_ubNMM
- Believers need to differentiate the conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit—which is positive as it leads to repentance—from the condemnation of satan, who continually accuses believers.
Once we commit our lives to Christ, our sins are forgiven. We who have been set free from the power of sin should no longer feel condemned. To continue to dwell on our past sin would nullify Christ’s work at the cross because God has already declared us righteous in His eyes.
That said, should believers completely get rid of sin consciousness in our lives?
Some say that believers only need to change their mind (correct their past erroneous thinking) when they repent. Is this what the Bible teaches?
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A prominent teacher, Joseph Prince, made a bold statement in his book: “The bottom line is that the Holy Spirit never convicts you of your sins. He NEVER comes to point out your faults. I challenge you to find a scripture in the Bible that tells you that the Holy Spirit has come to convict you of your sins. You won’t find any.”
SPIRIT'S ROLE IN CONVICTION OF SIN
It is false to think that the Holy Spirit only convicts non-believers of sin. The verses in Revelation 3: 19 and Revelation 3: 22 show us that the Holy Spirit does convict (elegchō) believers of sin or reprove believers (elegchō) concerning sin in their lives. http://bit.ly/1OczgqH
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