Joseph Prince’s Unscriptural Ideas About Dealing With Temptation

In the videoclip below, Singaporean megachurch pastor Joseph Prince advised his church to “rest” when tempted.

Even if you are tempted, you don’t try to overcome it. Let Jesus handle it,” said Prince.

Although the advice sounds “spiritual”, it is actually unscriptural and adverse to one’s spiritual well-being if put into practice.

According to our Lord Jesus Christ, this is how we are to handle temptation – PRAYER!

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41; NIV)

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Mark 14:38)

On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” (Luke 22:40)

“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” (Luke 22:40)

Also, the bible teaches us that true believers do overcome:

I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because YOU HAVE overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:13; emphasis added)

I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and YOU HAVE overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:14; emphasis added)

YOU, dear children, are from God and HAVE OVERCOME THEM, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4; emphasis added)

Indeed, the ability to overcome is the hallmark of a true believer:

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. (1 John 5:4a)

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 5:5)

A believer who does not overcome, but who is instead overcome, is in a spiritually perilous place:

If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. (2 Peter 2:20)

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