How do our circumstances relate to our struggle with sin? Do the circumstances cause our sinful behaviors? Why or why not?

Our circumstance most certainly never cause us to sin, they may give rise to sinful tendency or give us an opportunity, we may be compelled, but we are never actually ‘forced’ to sin like so many people tend to think. It scares me how many times I hear people blame their own sin on other people, or whatever is going on, say they lose their job, so they are ‘forced’ to steal. This really all plays into the whole false idea that man is inherently good, but only does bad on occasion and it’s excusable, after all it’s rarely his/her fault. This is a Pelagian or Semi-Pelagian type of thinking, and this is not just a faulty presupposition, but a lie straight from Hell as they say.

Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. (Psalm 51:5) This idea is incredibly prevalent in secular circles and many ‘Christian’ circles; the idea that man is inherently good…and nothing is his fault, it was his parents, or society, or genetics. I am afraid it has crept into the church and is a something we must fight against, defeat error with truth. We also need to keep in mind something pretty important about our circumstances, if any of you out there are struggling with the idea that our circumstances dictate how we act and what we do. Our perfect Lord and Savior promised us that He will provide a way to escape the temptation, now whether or not we take that avenue is a different story. I hope this provides some encouragement.

” No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. “(1 Corinthians 10:13.)


About Daniel Mason

I write from the historic protestant worldview, that is, Reformed. I hope you will be both blessed and challenged by my writings. View all posts by Daniel Mason

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