(Is temptation a Sin?)
No, temptation is not a sin. It’s by nature always to feel wrong whenever we are tempted to sin. To be tempted however, does not mean that you have sinned – not until you submit to its demands – (when we allow temptation to become an action in the physical realm or in the mind or in the heart).
James 1:14-15 says; [Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.]
We are tempted to sin by our own sinful flesh and by the devil (Satan) because there’s no truth in him, he is a liar and the father of lies.
In Acts 5:3-4, we see Peter confront Ananias and his wife, Sapphira for allowing Satan to use them. [Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”]
Apostle Peter knew that Satan tempted Ananias and his wife to lie to God and they both gave in to that temptation resulting in their death.
Before temptations come, it’s our duty always to pray that we are not tempted to do wrong. Luke 22:40 says; [There He told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.”]
Even though we may desire to do good, temptation has no favorites and there’s no one above its way. We have also got to know and admit that temptation is part of life and we all get tempted at some point; tempted to lie, to steal, to insult, to lust, to be jealousy, to be greedy, to commit adultery, …..” Luke 17:1 tells us that temptations will always be there; [One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting!]
So then, what do we do when tempted to sin?
We do not have to feel guilty or condemned for being tempted, rather do what’s right (not in our will power) but in the power of the Holy Spirit to resist the cravings of our sinful flesh and the devil. Hebrews 4:15-16 says; [For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.]
His mercy shall always prevent us from getting all the bad things we do deserve and His grace shall always give us the good things we do not deserve.
Temptation is not a Sin.
God Bless You!