Causing Another to Sin (Matthew 18:1-9). I. How Can You “Cause” Someone to Sin? A. Sin is a personal choice (James 1:13-15). 1. Others are not to blame for our choice to sin (Ezekiel 18:20). B. We can influence others to sin (Nehemiah 13:23-26).
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I. How Can You “Cause” Someone to Sin?
A. Sin is a personal choice (James 1:13-15).
1. Others are not to blame for our choice to sin (Ezekiel 18:20).
B. We can influence others to sin (Nehemiah 13:23-26).
II. Meaning of Skandalizo & Skandalon.
A. Originally the stick used in a trap. Gr. OT…
1. “Lay a snare for me” (Psalm 38:12).
2. Stumbling block before blind (Lev. 19:14).
B. In NT temptation to sin, hindrance from doing right, causing to fall. 4 times Mt. 18.
III. Woe to the world because of offenses (7a).
A. God is not pleased with things that cause to sin (Matthew 13:40-42).
B. God’s wrath is revealed against those who suppress truth (Romans 1:18).
IV. Offenses must come (7b).
A. We can’t escape temptation and sources of temptation (1 Corinthians 5:9-10).
1. We will have tribulation (John 16:33).
B. We are to flee from temptation (1 Cor 6:18; 10:14; Col. 3:5; 2 Tim. 2:22).
V. Woe to that man by whom the offense comes (7c).
A. We must not be the occasion for stumbling to another person!
B. How can we do this?
1. Open temptation (Revelation 2:14).
2. Hindrance from doing right (Matt. 16:21-23).
VI. To what degree should we go to avoid this?
A. Cut off hand, foot, or eye (Matt. 18:8-9; 5:29-30).
B. We must give up what causes sin.
1. Liberties (1 Cor. 10:25-29; Rom. 14:19-21).
2. Anything (Rom. 14:12-13) except the gospel (Rom. 9:33).