Light is sown for the righteous, And gladness for the upright in heart.

Psalm 97:11

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Question:

I work for a particular firm and sometimes one of the partners asks me to prepare documents that I know are fraudulent. Should I obey my conscience and refuse - and stand the chance of losing my job? Or should I obey his instructions and believe that what is wrong is his responsibility and not mine?

 
Answer:

The Word commands us never to act against our conscience. "Cling tightly to your faith in Christ and always keep your conscience clear, doing what you know is right. For some people have disobeyed their consciences and have deliberately done what they knew was wrong. It isn't surprising that soon they lost their faith in Christ after defying God like that." 1 Tim 1:19.

Some people, 1 Tim. 4:2 tells us, deliberately tell lies so often that eventually their consciences cease to work properly. It's as though they have been ‘seared with a hot iron’. This is a very dangerous condition to be in. "Remember, too, that knowing what is right to do and then not doing it is sin." James 4:17.

Peter and the other Apostles made the decision "to obey God rather than men" Acts 5:29, and the Lord stood by them. Better to lose your job than compromise. You can always trust God for other employment.

Also, your stand for righteousness will be a testimony for Christ. Why not pray that this partner will be convicted of sin as he senses "Christ in you" and that he, too, will find the Lord?!

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