Seared Conscience Syndrome is exhibited by 26 percent of Americans. It is the cause of in your face, antisocial behavior and it invades our culture. It is left undiagnosed because it is a Pagan mental disease and Doctors don’t use biblical terms to describe it. Pagans do not believe in the God of the Bible. Gentile is sometimes used in lieu of Pagan because that’s what Jews meant when they used the word. (Mt 18:17)
Mental disease: “a mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning.” Wikipedia
“Over 26 percent of all Americans over the age of 18 meet the criteria for having a mental illness.” It’s no coincidence that’s about the same as the percentage of Americans who do not believe in the God of the Bible. They have undiagnosed Seared Conscience Syndrome. “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Ro 8:7 KJV).
Synonyms for enmity: hostility, hate, hatred, animosity, aversion, rancor, spite, bitterness, friction, malice, venom, antagonism, antipathy, acrimony, bad blood, ill will, animus, malevolence, malignity. FreeThesaurus
Enmity against God carries over to the enmity against Christians we experience in our culture.
The cause of a seared conscience.
Writing to Timothy and us, Paul shows the cause is spiritual.
1 Now the Spirit expressly declares that in later times some will fall away from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and the teachings of demons; 2 through the hypocrisy of men who teach falsely and have their own consciences seared as with a hot iron; 1 Timothy 4:1-2 WNT
The symptoms of seared conscience.
Now the actions of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, rivalry, jealously, outbursts of anger, quarrels, conflicts, factions, envy, murder, drunkenness, wild partying, and things like that. I am telling you now, as I have told you in the past, that people who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 ISV
Or don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Don’t be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortionists, will inherit God’s Kingdom. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
5 Know this for sure, that no sexually immoral person, nor unclean person, nor covetous man (who is an idolater), has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Messiah and God. Ephesians 5:5
But the wicked are like the troubled sea; for it can’t rest and its waters cast up mire and mud. “There is no peace”, says my God, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 57:20-21
Jesus identifies the character traits of seared conscience.
The scribes and Pharisees plotted against Jesus to be killed because he spoke the truth and they had no grounds to refute him. A few days after he told them about their character, they led the Romans to crucify him (Mt 26:3-6; Mt 26:65-68; Mt 27:24-37). Three days after he died, Jesus ruined their strategy by rising from the dead (Mt 28, Acts 1:1-4).
The seared conscience character traits of Pagans mirror those of the religious leaders of Israel. The following excerpts are Jesus rebuking the scribes and Pharisees as recorded in Matthew 23.
3 All things therefore whatever they tell you to observe, observe and do,but don’t do their works; for they say, and don’t do. 4 they bind heavy burdens that are grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not lift a finger to help them. 5 they do all their works to be seen by men. 13 you devour widows’ houses, and as a pretense you make long prayers. 14 you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men; for you don’t enter in yourselves, neither do you allow those who are entering in to enter. Hypocrites! you travel around by sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of Gehinnom (Hell) as yourselves. 16 you blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated.’ 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? 19 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20 He therefore who swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it. 21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by him who has been living in it. 22 He who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by him who sits on it. 23 you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the Torah: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone. 24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel! 25 you clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and unrighteousness. 26 You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the platter, that its outside may become clean also. 27 you are like whitened tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men’s bones and of all uncleanness. 28 you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 29 you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the tombs of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we wouldn’t have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Therefore you testify to yourselves that you are children of those who killed the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of Gehinnom?
Cleansing our conscience
But now Christ has made his appearance, a high priest concerned with blessings already won. The tabernacle of which he made use was the greater and more perfect one, the tabernacle not fashioned by any human hand, that is to say, the one which does not belong to this order of creation at all. Moreover, if he has entered the sanctuary once and for all, securing a deliverance which lasts forever, it was his own blood, not that of goats and calves, which was his means of accomplishing this. And indeed, if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled upon those who have suffered defilement hallows them, so as to restore their outward purity, how much more effective will be the blood of Christ, who, by virtue of the eternal spirit which was his, offered himself up to God, as a sacrifice free from all blemish; how much more effective, I say, will be Christ’s blood in cleansing our conscience, so that we turn our backs on actions without any life in them and instead give ourselves up to the service of the living God. Hebrews 9:11-14 Cassirer
Therefore I urge you, brothers (and sisters), by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quoted above is from the WMB