Enticing Others to Sin

Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!  Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’s right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.

Habakkuk 2:15-16

It is bad enough when we stumble and fail and sin.  It is even worse when we are the cause of someone else sinning.  The Bible has many warnings against enticing others to sin.  We should not be sinning ourselves, but we should most definitely not be dragging others down with us.

Proverbs 1:10 tells us “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”  If others try to entice us to sin, we are supposed to reject them and get away from them.  But think about how terrible it would be if we were the one enticing someone else to sin!  As Habakkuk says, “Woe unto him…”

When we sin, it is part of our human fleshly nature to want to get others to sin with us.  When we are sinning, we want to find someone else who is doing the same thing or doing something worse to make us feel better about ourselves.  Sin and rebellion aren’t as “fun” alone.  We want accomplices.  That is just part of our nature.  But it is part of our wicked, sinful, fallen nature that needs to crucified daily!

First of all, let us (with the help of the Holy Spirit) strive against sin in our own lives.  And second, let us never be the cause of someone else’s sin.  Let us remember this “Woe to him…”

3 responses to this post.

  1. The “woe to him’s” are serious matters. You brought something to light that I had forgotten. That when we sin, we want to find someone else who is doing what we are doing too. Well, our flesh wants to. His Spirit in us leads us to confess and seek support and help to walk right again.
    God bless you Ben, as you lead us not to sin, but to Him!


    • That’s true. It’s our flesh rearing it’s ugly head- trying to convince us that our sin isn’t “that bad.” It’s a good thing we have the Spirit to help us with this!


  2. Posted by C on May 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Really great point about not wanting to be alone when you are living a sinful life. Before I was a Christian, I always wanted to be surrounded by people. That is so interesting how you brought that point up about it being human nature to do that, but I never thought about why it was like that, why misery loves company. Because when we are living a sinful life, we are disappointed in ourselves on spiritual level and empty inside and we feel slightly better when there are others around us, and even better if we are doing as well as or better than they are, but we never feel good enough or complete no matter how many people we surround ourselves with when we don’t have God.


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