Consent Thou Not

“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.” – Proverbs 1:10

John was a Christian, and a married man. He had been for almost five years now. Still somewhat of a baby Christian yet rapidly learning and gaining knowledge of the Bible, he was familiar with many of the scriptural commands especially those regarding adultery. He had spent considerable time memorizing many of these passages of scripture, as well as others. This was under the thought that he might quote them under moments of temptation as Jesus did.

While at work, she began to pressure him. Her name was Elizabeth. John was a married man. He had been married for almost twenty years now. He was loyal to his wife. This had been one of his reasons for memorizing many of the adultery texts. He had purposed in his heart to do whatever it took to live up to the seventh commandment and remain faithful to his wife.

Elizabeth was attracted to John. The devil purposed to use Elizabeth as his tool to tempt him, cunningly devising a snare by which he would attempt to entice John into violating the Seventh-Commandment. Elizabeth had been frequently attempting to seduce John, but these attempts had thus far not been successful.

“No” John told her, firmly placing his foot in the ground. Knowing that he was facing the latest assault, he darted a prayer to heaven. A series of scriptures flashed into his mind. These passages were from Proverbs and read, “For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.” – Proverbs 5:3-5.

“Come on” she said “who will know about it?” He gave her a powerful comeback, “God will know, and so will I.” By this time she began to notice that she couldn’t convince him to sleep with her, and she began to back off.

Brethren, how is it that you handle temptation from your peers? Do you cave or do you resist? A Christian should manifest nothing less than straight defiance when confronted with peer pressure. That defiance is to be directed at the temptation to do wrong. Regardless of the pressure brought to bear upon our souls, we ought to obey God and plant our feet in the ground.

The scenario presented above was given for the purpose of illustrating how a Christian should respond to like circumstances. Of course, this type of response is to be applied to any scenario the Christian may face and not just the temptation to commit adultery. Where ever peer pressure manifests itself, it should be greeted by firm resistance. We as Christians cannot afford to compromise with evil in the slightest.

In the final days of this earth’s history, we can bet that the most intense peer pressure will be leveled upon us. But during that time we must take our spiritual weapons of warfare and fight the battle. God has never failed anyone during their hour of combat. As it is said in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “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.”

When pressured to do wrong by those around you, “consent thou not.”

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