In March 2009, a 62-year old woman was charged with stealing more than $73,000 from her church in the state of Washington. When the detectives interrogated her, she told them: "Satan had a big part in the theft." It sounds like she was saying that the devil made her do it.
Satan may have played a role in her choices, but she had some faulty thinking about temptation and sin. The devil tempts believers, but he doesn't make us sin. James tells us that God isn't to blame either: "Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone" [James 1: 13]. He is good and holy.
(From a sermon by Ajai Prakash, The Devil made me DO IT! 6/23/2010)
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