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Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Comments (5)

Unchecked sin is cancer to your spiritual growth.

That theme has echoed throughout John MacArthur’s ongoing series Purity and Conscience. Over and over, he’s exhorted readers to listen to their consciences—calling them “the soul’s emergency warning system.”

But our consciences aren’t self-sufficient—they require careful maintenance and protection. A vital part of keeping your conscience soft, sharp, strong, and clear is dealing decisively, consistently, and thoroughly with sin whenever and wherever it pops up. Tolerating or ignoring it will only dull your conscience and train you to ignore its warnings.

In the following audio clip, John explains why and how believers need to constantly root out and destroy the sin in their lives.

Listen to this 5-minute clip:

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That short excerpt comes from John’s landmark message “Hacking Agag to Pieces.” The title refers to an episode in the lives of Saul and Samuel, and John uses the Old Testament story as an illustration of how the Lord instructs us to deal with sin.

If you’ve never heard this powerful message before, or you’d like to hear it again, click here to download or stream the entire sermon.

GTY Staff


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#1  Posted by Mae Ella Jones  |  Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Thank you Pastor MacArthur for you clear teaching of God's word!

I did not know of how much the Bible says about our conscience.

I am learning how to respond to mine!

Mae Jones

#3  Posted by David Kassab  |  Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

This is absolutely amazing!!!! Praise God for John Macarthur and his ministry. God is using him in extraordinary ways.

#5  Posted by WADE SAYLES  |  Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Pastor McArthur,

I have listenened to you for many years. You have taught me so much. Thank you for always being direct to the point and biblically accurate. Thanks for speaking about what most others run from.

#6  Posted by David Gordon  |  Monday, July 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

John thank you for your obedience to Christ. I started listening to you on your website about a year ago and it has impacted my life in such a way. Through your ministry God revieled His truth to me and on Febuary 23 of this year I am proud to say that I became a born again Christian. Thank you for all you have done.

#7  Posted by Gary Dickinson  |  Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 1:59 PM


Can not say enough about how this ministry impacts me every time I take advantage of it's resources. I have a long list of testimony regarding blessings of wisdom and knowledge that God has granted me through the messages of Pastor MacArthur. I hope to have what you have in just your little finger someday.

God Bless