Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Do We “Fall” Into Sin?
I was talking to someone yesterday about Christians who were re-building their marriage after one was caught in an adulterous relationship. A comment was made about how the woman “fell” into adultery, and that we can all “fall” into an egregious sin. The thought hit me at that moment that Christians are using the wrong terminology: no one “falls” into into sin - they walk into it!
When someone “falls” it is an accident. Sins such as sexual immorality are not accidents - they are the consummation of following temptations.
Look at what James 1:14-15 says: But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. (HCSB)
No, we don’t “fall” into sin - we voluntarily walk into sin by following the temptation where it leads.