In these passages Paul tells the Corinthian church, “Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be babes, but in your thinking be mature.” We are called to become knowledgeable of God’s Word, the Bible. However, we are not to become knowledgeable in the things of evil. We are to be aware of evil, but we are not called to be well-versed in evil. In fact, we are to avoid looking on evil, for in evil there will be temptations.
The Bible tells us to avoid the occasions of sin. If we place ourselves in a potentially sinful situation we will have more difficulty in resisting temptation. For example, as a man I should not go to a strip club to see naked women. That would increase my temptation to sin and lower my resistance to sin.
Temptations can be too powerful to overcome, especially when we are exposed to our besetting sin: ‘The sin that so easily entangles us.’ We must stay far away from any situation where our besetting sin may occur or we will yield to it.
The Bible tells us to flee from evil and do good. We are well advised to heed this advice. The Bible also says, “The wages of sin is death.” This should also be a very sobering Truth for us.