The Test of Evil

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(Susanna Wesley)

“All things are lawful for me–but not all things are profitable.
All things are lawful for me–but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12

How would you judge the lawfulness or unlawfulness of any pleasure?

Use this rule: Whatever . . .
weakens your reason,
impairs the tenderness of your conscience,
obscures your sense of God,
takes off your relish for spiritual things–
that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may seem in itself.

By this test you may detect evil, no matter how subtly or how plausibly temptation may be presented to you.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do–do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians10:31

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