The unspoken lie behind every temptation is that we’ll ‘get away with it’. If we truly weighed the consequences, we would not yield so easily.
Too often we think of how good and gracious God is, and we assume that means our sin never has consequences.
Is America headed for a recession?
Oh, REALLY Skippy? If our sin has no consequences, what was that whole ordeal with the Cross all about?
‘Yeah, yeah, well, of course there’s THAT…’[might be the unspoken response]
‘… but OTHER than that’, there’s no REAL consequences. Right?’
If you truly believe that, little Christian, you’ve already lost the battle. You just don’t know it yet.
If you look at the temptations and failures of faith’s heroes, and come away with the lesson ‘but THEY got away with it’ you simply haven’t been paying attention.
David ‘got away’ with marrying the babe so hot that he committed adultery with her, and sent the betrayed husband to his death, did he? Not so fast. The child conceived in adultery died, and the EXPLICIT consequence was that the ‘sword would not depart from his household’.
His own concubines were ravished in public by his son from the very rooftop where David lusted for Bathsheba. His daughter was raped by one of his sons, another of his sons killed the rapist, and Absolom led an open revolt against King David, chasing David from the royal city.
But tell us more about your theory of sin having ‘no consequences’.
Samson literally ran around with foreign whores. But he spent his final days blinded, enslaved, and only lived half as long as the other Judges had. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.
You could go on down the list. Do you think getting slapped with a negative sanction was a strictly Old Testament problem? Not at all. We deep dive that question, and in another of our series on ‘Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices’.
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