Concsience And Drivenness
Folklore advises, "Let your conscience be your guide." This has
serious limitations since our conscience is a function of our
mind. Having been conformed to this world, the conscience can be
programmed wrongly. It is always true to its own standard. Until
we come to Christ, the standard is the world system in which we
were raised. Many people are falsely guided by a guilty
conscience--not a true guilt, but a psychological guilt usually
developed in early childhood. Satan works through this stronghold
to accuse the brethren day and night (Revelation 12:10).
People like this are usually perfectionists who labor under
condemnation, even though the Bible says there is no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8;1). They aren't led;
they are driven. They constantly look for affirmation. They have
a tendency to be man-pleasers. Paul said, "If I were still trying
to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ"
(Galatians 1:10). If you are striving to please men, of whom are
you a bond-servant?