When a Christian Sins: 1 Corinthians 10:13 and the Power of Contrary Choice in Relation to the Compatibilist-Libertarian Debate

Bibliographic Information: 

Himes, Paul. "When a Christian Sins: 1 Corinthians 10:13 and the Power of Contrary Choice in Relation to the Compatibilist-Libertarian Debate." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 54 (June 2011): 329-344.

This article argues that if the Greek "peirasmos" in 1 Corinthians 10:13 is taken to mean "temptation to sin" as opposed to "trial/tribulation," then the passages requires libertarian freedom whenever a Christian is confronted with the temptation to sin. The first section of the article sets definition and boundaries, clarifying that the argument is only concerned with a Christian and sin, not with soteriology. The second section examines 1 Corinthians 10:13 in its broader context. The final section discusses the philosophical implications of the passage, specifically why taking "peirasmos" as "temptation to sin" in 1 Cor. 10:13 would seem to require libertarian free will.

Publisher: 
The Evangelical Theological Society