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Is it a sin to be tempted?

February 17, 2009

I had some feedback from last Sunday’s message on “5 deadly temptations”. They are deadly because they can lead you to your death, not because temptation in and of itself is sinful.

The Bible says that “we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” Hebrews 4:15. If it is a sin merely to be tempted then Jesus sinned because He was tempted too, just like we are.

No, being tempted is not a sin; giving in to temptation is sin. The temptations that we are looking at (1Cor. 10:1-13) are examples to us NOT to be lead astray and give in. All sin is deadly, “The wages a sin is death…” Romans 6:23.

A word about THOUGHTS. It is obvious that temptation can begin as a mere thought. The  thought is not sin, but the thought can lead to sin. That is why the Bible says to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2Cor. 10:5. In other words, if you have a thought or impulse that you know is off limits or appears sinful on the surface, don’t meditate on it, it is an enemy, a foe. REJECT it.

How long do you have when thoughts intrude for dominance in your mind and heart. Or let me say it this way. When does the look become lust? Jesus said “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” Matthew 5:28. It is the “look to lust” that is sinful and it begins in the mind. I would say that you have no more than a “trinity of seconds” 1001, 1002, 1003. Any more than that and your cooked, fried, done, dead, tempted, tricked, trapped.

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