Have you ever asserted something is in the Bible without knowing for sure that it is? It is important that we take responsibility for affirming what one was uncertain of and maintain a high level of sensitivity to keep a clear conscience. The clip below shows Tim taking it seriously to maintain a clear conscience and not let what bothered him from the previous study be swept under the rug as if it did not matter.
James: Here’s a clip I edited from a 2019 Ask Pastor Tim Session. Tim was humble enough to clear his conscience about something he had said on the previous Tuesday. He acknowledged to us that he had affirmed something without for certain knowing if it was in fact in the Bible. This is just a good example to me of him living out Paul’s words in Acts 2416 of always taking pains to have a clear conscience.
Tim: If remembered, one of the questions that we had is, Is it right to say that God killed Christ? And, you know, we were talking about that. And I just felt convicted afterward. And I think I think James mentioned, “Yeah, just like the Bible says, that David killed Uriah.” Remember when he said that or something like that? And then, and then I said, yeah, like that. And, and then James, I think James kind of put a question mark on the end of that. Like I’m not really like he wasn’t really sure whether it said that. And I said, “Yeah, it says that, yeah.” It’s the kind of thing where you know, like I’m laying in bed that night and I thought I didn’t really know if the scripture said that, but I was affirming it. After James said that, I’ve got on the computer and I’ve looked. Well, it does say that, but I thought, you know, it’s like a little thing that other people and they might not even notice it happens, but it just bugs your conscience. Not only does it bug my conscience because I was affirming it when I didn’t exactly know it. And so there’s an honesty issue there. But even more, if I’m going to handle the word of God, I never want to be in a position where I’m telling you that something is so and I don’t really know, even if later on you look and it is so. But if I’m affirming it when I don’t know it and in any way, it kind of it happened because I thought James knew. But then when he kind of put the question mark on the end and I’m affirming it, it was like, I shouldn’t have affirmed that because I didn’t know. But anyway, I wanted to hit that first. And the where. Does it say specifically? You can look at it, it’s it’s 2 Samuel 12:9 I believe that it which you remember what David did was he basically had Joab put Uriah on the front lines and it was actually the enemies of Israel shooting from the walls who killed Uriah. And yet when the prophet Nathan comes to David, you have it there, James. You can read it. “You have you have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and it’s taken his wife to be your wife. And have killed him with the sword.” There it is right there. You kill them. So anyways, proves the point. But also I just for conscience sake, wanted to make clear that when I affirm that I really didn’t know. So onward.