Don't Blame God!
“Then when lust has conceived it brings forth sin and sin when it is complete brings forth death. Do not err by beloved brethren!” James 1
James does not begin with fire and brimstone against sin – he starts with the much quieter and more insidious source: TEMPTATION! All of us can give testimony to the truthfulness of the statement regarding temptations - everyone is tempted. Temptation is the common experience of every human being: non-Christians and Christians. Luther once said that even when we are saved, we must remember that our baptism did not drown our flesh. Temptation is common to every man and every man is tempted.
Sunday we will address with James the sources of temptations and the temptation to blame. It is critical to know the genesis of sin and the the certain end for lust left unchecked! God allows these tests for strength of heart and soul – don't let fear be your weapon against lust!
I disagree with Mark Twain - “There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.”
I am sure this is not the best tool in God's toolbox. Come hear better!
See you Sunday