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To begin, the conscience is the part of us that accuses or defends our actions, says Paul in Romans 4. Consciences cannot and should not be broken in either way. The result is extremely damaging. 

For the last several months, during the COVID-19 hype, face masks have been touted as issues of conscience among Christian circles. The argument stems from Romans 14 and claims that anyone not wearing a mask is living in sin because they are not loving their weaker brother by wearing masks. Not wearing a mask is viewed as a sin by some because non-wearers are offending their brothers and sisters by being unloving and uncaring.