How people experience guilt and shame


sun.earthHave you ever heard of elentics?

Don’t bother checking google because you won’t find much about it.

Elentics comes from a Greek word translated into the english word “convict” ( ἐλέγχω / elencho). It means to expose, convict or reprove.

Jesus used this word in relation to ministry of the Holy Spirit:

“…when he (the Holy Spirit) comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment concerning sin, because they do not believe in me” (John 16:8-9).

Elentics focuses on how people experience guilt and shame.

I was first introduced to elentics when asked to review a paper titled: The Application of Missionary Elentics to Preaching to Postmoderns by David A. Ridder. The subject is especially important in relation to sharing your faith (particularly in a cross-cultural context). We know that conviction is necessary before there is conversion (i.e. before someone receives God’s gift of salvation).


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