Understanding Temptation

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A Reformed Perspective on the Book of James

Understanding Temptation

April 24, 2015   •   James 1

Every week in worship many Christians repeat the words that Jesus taught his disciples to pray – the Lord’s Prayer. And in praying that prayer we ask God, among other things, to “lead us not into temptation.” But James says this in its opening chapter: “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.” Later in chapter 1 James also says discusses the relationship between our faith and our actions, but what he says seems to contradict the teachings of Apostle Paul. So what gives here? Let's dig into the letter of James together and find out.

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