William Jennings Bryan used to tell of a man in his home town in Illinois who had been the victim of drink. He reformed, signed the pledge & apparently was delivered out of his evil habit.
But when he rode into town he continued to hitch his horse to the rail in front of the tavern. He pitched his tent toward Sodom & soon was again a drunkard.
The way to avoid evil is to avoid the appearance of it.
“Temptation usually comes in through a door that has deliberately been left open.” - Arnold Glasow.
2 Tim 2:22 (TLB): “Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have, but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts.”
“Unwillingness to accept God's ‘way of escape’ from temptation frightens me what a rebel yet resides within.” - Jim Elliot.