Motivated by Fear?

October 26, 2018 at 9:25 am | Posted in Q&A | 2 Comments
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Question: When I get tempted to sin, sometimes I overcome temptation out of fear of going to hell. Is this a sinful motivation?

Answer: There are two separate issues to address here. First, someone who has truly been born again is never in danger of going to hell. Christians are tempted to sin all the time, but someone who has truly been born again will be helped by the Lord, rather than condemned, when he or she faces temptation. If anyone reading this has any doubt whatsoever as to whether he or she has truly been born again, please click here, read the referenced Bible verses, believe them, and call upon Christ to save you this very moment.

Second, fear of the Lord is not a bad motivation for overcoming temptation and avoiding sin, as long as it accompanied by the motivation of remembering that Christ died and rose again to set you free from, not just the penalty for sin, but also the POWER of sin, and then to remember that all temptations faced by true Christians come to us pre-allowed by God Himself with built-in escape routes.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

I Corinthians 10:13

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