Jump directly to the Content

Using Temptation's Power

Implications of a Leadership survey

Apparently the subject of temptation makes people uncomfortable. When we sent out 500 questionnaires to our readers asking about their greatest temptation, less than 6 percent responded. Usually 30 percent return our surveys.

For those who did respond, the familiar problems surfaced: sexual temptations headed the list (41 percent), followed by the temptation to quit (30 percent), ambition (22 percent), and money (7 percent).

The small response, however, raised a question—is temptation too painful to discuss? Most agree that morbid attention to weaknesses can be destructive. Someone once said that temptations are like tramps. Treat them kindly and they return, bringing others with them.

Yet the Bible teaches that we should confess our sins one to another. And the advice usually given on how to cope with temptation—to focus more clearly on Jesus—works. As one reader noted on his survey, "My most successful antidote to temptation's fever has been a regular discipline of prayer ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

From the Magazine
Learning to Love Our Neighbor’s Fears
Learning to Love Our Neighbor’s Fears
We aren’t all equally afraid of the same things. But Scripture’s wisdom can apply to all of us.
Editor's Pick
When Churches Put Love at the Center
When Churches Put Love at the Center
How "beloved community" helps us envision tangible ways to embody kingdom values.