Is It A Sin To Cause Someone To Sin

Is It A Sin To Cause Someone To Sin

The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 8:9 that ‘Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.’

The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 8:9 that ‘Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.’ The word ‘stumbling’ here comes from a Greek word which means ’cause someone to trip up or fall.’ When we sin against others, it becomes an obstacle for them. We would never want our actions to cause someone else to stumble and fall away from God out of ignorance or because they were lead into sin by our example.

According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for ‘stumbling block’ is the following:

Stumbling block is defined in Strong’s Concordance as “an occasion of sin; a cause of stumbling.”

The Greek word for stumbling block is skandalon, which consists of the following:

skandalon (skan-dal’-on) n. A snare; a trap set to catch unwary persons; anything causing one to stumble or fall into error or sin. Skandalon is translated from the Greek word skandalon, which means: “a trap,” “anything that causes one to stumble,” and “something causing scandal or a stumbling block.”

Proskomma (pros’-kom-mah) – A trapstick on which animals caught in a trap are held fast until they are killed.

The word ‘stumbling block’ is found in the New Testament in two places, once translated “trapstick” and once translated “rock.” It is a trapstick on which animals caught in a trap are held fast until they are killed. In the same sense that a trapstick holds an animal fast until it is killed, so sin holds people fast over whom they have power. Sin has such power over us because we willingly consent to its bondage; we let ourselves be trapped by our own pride and desires.

Proskomma (pros’-kom-mah) – A trapstick on which animals caught in a trap are held fast until they are killed.

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Now it is clear that we should avoid putting temptations before our brothers and sisters.

Now it is clear that we should avoid putting temptations before our brothers and sisters. We need to be careful not to give the devil a foothold, by which he can gain control of them. James 1:13 tells us that we should never say that we are tempted by God, but rather, let’s say that we are tempted by our own desires. If you find yourself in a situation where temptation is present and others around you are being tempted too, then it may be time for you to leave the area or set boundaries with those who don’t respect your boundaries

However, I have struggled with whether or not this applies to certain behaviors that One knows would cause another individual to sin.

However, I have struggled with whether or not this applies to certain behaviors that One knows would cause another individual to sin.

For example, if a Christian is encouraging an unbeliever that they know isn’t saved yet, but is open to the Gospel and desires forgiveness from God, can it be said that the Christian is leading them into temptation? The Bible tells us in Matthew 18:6 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” It seems clear enough that Christians should not knowingly do anything which will cause another believer to stumble or lead them into temptation.

However, if you are encouraging someone who doesn’t know Christ yet (and isn’t being stubborn) with no ill intent directed toward causing them harm or leading their heart away from Jesus…what then? We all know there are different levels of commitment among non-Christians as well as even within our own group of believers; some want more than others (or less). If we knew someone wasn’t ready for baptism but had expressed interest in being baptized someday soon–wouldn’t we still encourage them? What about when a new believer asks about things about church life which aren’t necessarily related directly to salvation issues such as “Why do people clap here during worship songs when there aren’t any instruments playing? Do you always get up early on Sunday mornings because your church doesn’t meet until later on Sundays like mine does?” If one were not saved then such questions might lead them astray and cause them spiritual harm–but if someone has already professed faith in Christ then shouldn’t we encourage them towards maturity by discussing various aspects of what living out their faith looks like?

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A common example of this is an unmarried couple sharing a bed and deciding that ‘We won’t actually have sex’.

This is a classic example of a situation in which one could cause another to stumble. The scenario about an unmarried couple sharing a bed is not uncommon and the temptation can be strong for both parties involved.

The Bible warns Christians not to do this (1 Corinthians 10:8-12).

Another example would be two friends hanging out together where one friend knows full well that drinking alcohol will send the other friend off into further alcoholism.

“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along with you: ‘Every fact must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

For we are co-workers in God’s service;You are God’s field under cultivation and I am God’s farmer working lovingly here among you.” (Matthew 18:15-17)

A final example might be two people sitting down to watch pornography together. Yes, I know this sounds extreme but what about even going to see a rated R movie?

A final example might be two people sitting down to watch pornography together. Yes, I know this sounds extreme but what about even going to see a rated R movie? Is it not better to watch it at home alone than in the theater where others may be tempted by your actions? The key seems to be not tempting others into sin, especially if you have authority over them or are older and have more experience in life. In this way, we can learn from our mistakes so that we can avoid making them again and also take responsibility for our own actions as well as those around us.

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It seems like we need to evaluate each situation individually, being very careful not to lead anyone into sin.

It is important to evaluate each situation carefully and see if you are being a positive influence on the other person. If it seems like your influence is leading them in the wrong direction, or if it appears that they might be doing something that could harm them spiritually, then you should probably stop influencing them.

If there’s no way of knowing what someone else’s spiritual maturity level is or whether your influence over them will be good or bad, then I would recommend avoiding situations where you might come into contact with people who are spiritually immature (like going to parties) while focusing more on things that will help you grow spiritually yourself (like reading your Bible).

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