(Part of the Election, Sovereign Grace, Will, Salvation bible study group.)
Another objection to Election is set forth,
"Everyone has a God given conscience, so man can not be spiritually depraved. Also, his conscience is able to lead him to God. "
Every person does have a God given conscience; however, the contentions that it will lead him to God, and/or means that he is not spiritually
depraved, are not biblically correct.
(See Man's Spiritual Depravity and Scriptural Proofs sections of this site for the teaching of the Bible, God's inspired word.)
Also, Holy Scripture teaches that, due to the fall of man, his conscience has been:
- - "They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service."
- - "Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth."
- - "who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them"
- - "To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled."
- - "speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,-"
(1 Timothy 4:2)
Romans 3:10-12 and Psalm 14:2-3, serve to confirm that the conscience of man is corrupted. In both of these verses, inspired by God, He says,
- - "there is no one who seeks Him."
- - "all have turned aside."
Since we know that God is eternal, that He stands outside of time, and that He knows all things, these verses are not limited to a specific age or time frame. The scope of this condemnation of man stretches from Creation to Destruction and is from Our Creator.
That man has a conscience is apparent; but, the contention that his conscience will lead him to God and that he is not spiritually depraved is without biblical foundation and it is not valid. Therefore it has no effect on the validity of the belief in salvation by God's Sovereign Grace & Will, also called the Doctrine of Election.
page updated 03/16/2011.