Theologian Answers: Is Temptation on Its Own Sinful? Depends Where It Came From

People sin on a regular basis because humans are innately fallible, but is merely being tempted to sin wrong in it of itself?

That’s the question that Denny Burk, a professor of biblical studies at Boyce College, sought to answer in a lengthy article on his website.

After co-writing a piece for The Public Discourse, titled “Learning to Hate Sin without Hating Ourselves,” with Rosaria Butterfield, Burk said that he has received many questions, including those from readers who are wondering if temptation is sinful.

Burk, who is president of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, clarified that he is sharing only what he knows and understands and that he expects others will have their own takes on the matter.

According to Burk, every temptation is made up of a trial and the enticement to sin.

The trial is the element that tests people and puts them in the mindset where they may be more inclined to sin, while the enticement is the part that shows how giving in can provide them with freedom from the suffering brought about by the trial.

Burk then noted that temptation can come from different places.

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Source: Christian Post