Modern Lutheran Quote of the Day

… St. James says: “Let no man, when he is tempted, say, ‘I am tempted of God,’ for God is incapable of being tempted of evil, and he truly tempts no one; but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by the desire, which is his own, that is, by his own lust.” The argument of St. James is, that God’s incapacity of being himself tempted to sin, is evidence that he abhors it, and no being voluntarily causes that which he abhors. If God could be the cause of sin in others, he would necessarily be the cause of it in himself; in fact, to be the cause of sin in others is to be sinful ourselves. If God be the cause of sin, he would himself be a sinner; but as it is concluded that God is himself free from sin, he cannot be its cause. …

Charles Porterfield Krauth
The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology
p 374


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