August 6, 2018 TIL 166: Is It a Sin to Be Tempted? by ACBC Dr. Heath Lambert discusses whether or not it is a sin to be tempted on this week’s edition of Truth in Love. For more podcasts like this one visit our podcast page. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related ACBC Share your thoughts Comments Josh Stegall August 10, 2018 Reply Dr. Lambert, In the TIL on Is It a Sin to be Tempted? You distinguish between internal and external “temptations.” As you know, the word for temptation can also be translated tested. So why not use tested for the external circumstances (as in Satan’s testing of Christ) and temptation for the internal sinful desires as in James 1:14. Hebrews 4:15 would also be better and more accurately translated tested given that James tells us that God does not tempt and cannot be tempted. If God (Christ) cannot be tempted then he was not tempted in the wilderness and has not been tempted in every way that we have been but rather has been externally tested as we have been. Christ never had a sinful desire and therefore could not be tempted. Please help with the confusion. By His Grace Alone, Josh Dale Porter August 10, 2018 Reply Thank you Dr. Lambert for this topic: “Is it a sin to be tempted.” It was clear and concise. I plan on using it with my counselees and other people. Sadly, as I have engaged other pastors on this subject with reference to Sam Allbery, the conclusion to his life and ministry is that he automatically is sinning when mentioning the word “temptation.” Any mention of same sex attraction means you have sinned. Leave a Comment: Cancel Reply Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.