Sermon Series - The Lord's Prayer
Lead Us Not... Matt.6:9-15
JD Pentecost, former professor at Dallas Theological Seminary answered the question: “What is temptation? Seduction to evil, solicitation to wrong. It stands distinguished from trial thus: trial tests, seeks to discover the man's moral qualities or character; but temptation persuades to evil, deludes, that it may ruin. The one means to undeceive, the other to deceive. The one aims at the man's good, making him conscious of his true moral self; but the other at his evil, leading him more or less unconsciously into sin. God tries; Satan tempts.” Fairbain, quoted in The Words and Works of Jesus Christ, J.D. Pentecost, p. 99.
This explanation helps us to better understand the difference between trail and temptation because we do ask the question: Does God lead us into temptation? The answer is NO. Let us not blame God for our temptation.
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