CONVICTION IS NOT A BAD WORD

You may have heard about the student at Oklahoma Wesleyan University who complained because a chapel message on the topic of love made him feel bad for not being more loving. In this age of heightened entitlement and feel good theology, the student believed the university victimized him.

Thankfully, in this article, Dr Everett Piper, the President of the university, refused to bow to this foolishness.

When a culture immerses itself in the goal of making everyone feel good, and treating all opinions as equally valid, we end up with self-centered emptiness.

The Word of God will bring extraordinary joy to those who receive it. However, the purpose of the Bible is not to make us happy or comfortable. God gave his Word so that we who are blind might be convicted of our rebelliousness and call out for the rule and forgiveness we so desperately need.

The fruit of surrender to biblical truth will be joy, but out of necessity (because of our wrong-headedness) the path to that eventual joy involves lots of conviction, self-examination, sorrow and humility.

If we expect what we read in God’s Word or hear preached from pulpits to always make us feel good, we have lost sight of its true purpose. Instead of having our lives shaped by God’s truth, we are looking for His Word to be shaped into our existing expectations.

The same principle is true of Christians who go to their church expecting everything that takes place to fill their happiness bucket. In heaven our gatherings will be only joy, but until we are perfected, a major purpose of church life is to make sure we are not comfortable with self-centeredness and personal kingdom construction.

Conviction is a grace of God and the work of the Holy Spirit. We should look for its presence and thank God for its touch on our hearts.

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