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GUILT

A study of the formation of conscience, psychological verses true guilt,
and false and true solutions to guilt.


A. DEFINE

1. Objective

2. Subjective

a. Anxiety continuum

b. True and false guilt

c. Weak and Strong - I Corinthians 8:9-13;
Romans 14:1-2, 20-23; Romans 15:1

3. Interpersonal Relationships

a. Transgressions

b. Fear of punishment: Guilt

c. Cover-up truth

d. Loss of integrity/Self worth

e. Physical withdrawal

f. Needs of acceptance cannot be met

g. Repetition of cycle increases guilt

B. CONSCIENCE

1. Function

a. Romans 1:18-20

b. Romans 2:14-15

2. Content

a. Romans 1:21, 28-32

b. Romans 7:7, 12-13

3. Behavior

a. Wrong content

b. Wrong response - (intellectual assent-no obedience)

4. Example

a. Gauge broken - Insane (Psychopathic)

b. Contains water - Wrong standard

c. Ignore - Passively

d. Lie - Rationalization

e. Smash gauge - Persistent suppression

5. Formation

a. Parental affection

b. Consistent discipline (See Parenting Skills )

6. Sociopaths (Criminals)

C. FALSE REMEDIES FOR GUILT

1. Psychology; Jeremiah 17:9

a. Lower standard

b. Rationalizations: "self-disinhibiting maneuvers"

2. Moralisms

a. Liberalism - Golden rule

b. Legalism - Don'ts

c. Perfectionism

d. Contrast - Matthew 5:48 & Isaiah 64:6

3. Antinomianism: Lawless

a. "Carnal Christian Heresy"

b. Sociopathic

c. Contrast - II Timothy. 2:19 & I John 2:3
(See Assurance of Salvation )

D. GOD'S REMEDY: GOSPEL DISCIPLINE

1. Foundation

a. Colossians 2:13-14

b. Romans 5:1-2, 6-11

2. Repentance (See Psalms of the Spirit )

a. I Thess. 1:5-10

3. Confession

a. I John 1:8-10

4. Reconciliation

a. I John 1:7

b. Romans 8:1


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