Is temptation to be welcomed or avoided?

Excerpt from the message “And When You Pray” on November 26th, 2017 in which pastor Marc addresses the allegedly contradictory claims betwen Jesus’ words in Matthew’s Gospel, and the epistle of James.

And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2, KJV)

 

 

 

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Does God lead us into temptation?

Some have claimed that Matthew 6:13 implies that God may lead us into temptations, which is why Jesus is telling us to ask that God NOT do that: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

However, James 1:13 says, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.”

The claim is that these two verses show a contradiction in the teachings of the Bible.

 

Are we supposed to let our good deeds be seen or do them in secret?

An excerpt from the message “For the Glory of God” on November 19th, 2017. Matthew chapters 5 & 6 seem to have conflicting messages as far as how we are to act as we try to follow Christ.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them” (Matt. 6:1).