The Christian and Temptation


          Christianity is not for sissies, because it requires valor. Christianity is not for the lazy, because it requires diligence. Christianity is not for the apathetic, because it requires vigilance.

          One of the more appealing versions of counterfeit Christianity is the cheap grace/once-saved-always-saved variety. The reason for its appeal is pretty obvious—it eliminates any need for spiritual warfare. Why bother with submitting to God, resisting the devil, drawing near to God, cleansing your hands, and purifying your heart (James 4:7-8) when all you have to do is continue in sin that grace may abound? Why concern yourself with being sober and vigilant, resisting the devil, or even being steadfast in the faith (1 Peter 5:8-9) when you have the magical “get out of hell free” doctrine?

          The reality of Jesus’ instruction in the model prayer—“and do not lead us into temptation” (Matthew 6:13)—exposes the falsehood of the doctrine of cheap grace.

          Bountiful spiritual victory is available to every Christian soldier (Romans 8:37). Through Christ, an entrance into the everlasting kingdom will be abundantly supplied to you (2 Peter 1:11). Being more than conquerors only comes to those who fight the fight, finish the race, and keep the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).

          All spiritual victory is determined by how temptation is handled.

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