The Pyromaniacs (Phil Johnson in particular) are at it again, and this time they walked into my specialty and I couldn’t agree with them more.
Phil recounts the story of a college student convinced that the Devil was making him say horrible things about his mother.
Listen to his solution:
“”I’m going to let you in on a secret. I’m going to give you a foolproof technique for spiritual warfare that is the most powerful and potent defense against Satan you could ever employ. If you do what I say, and follow these instructions every time you are tempted to speak an unkind word to your mother, I guarantee this will solve your problem.”
So he took out his pen and a piece of paper and prepared to take notes. And when he was looking at me expectantly, ready for the answer, I quoted James 4:7: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” And Ephesians 4:26-27: “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” Furthermore, I said, “If Satan doesn’t flee—if he is successful in luring you into sin—it is always because your own wicked heart agrees with him and cooperates with him, and so you do whatever sinful thing he has tempted you to do. When that happens, instead of blaming it on influences beyond your control, you need to repent, and admit your own fleshly complicity with the devil, and resist him rather than cooperating with him. ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour . . . resist [him, and remain] stedfast in the faith’ (1 Peter 5:8-9).””
—Pyromaniacs: The Devil Made me Do It
It’s a great post regarding the role of Satan in personal sin. The Devil cannot make a Christian do anything. But he can sure make sin look tempting. The Advise is good. Flee Immorality!
Yeah if you’re struggling with temptation is is that easy.