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The Book of James (3 of 8)
Dr. Harley Howard
The Problem with Partiality or Prejudice.
* 2:1 [I] The PRINCIPLE OF PARTIALITY
* 2:2-3 [II] The PRACTICE OF PARTIALITY
* 2:4-7 [III] The PROBLEM OF PARTIALITY
I. Partiality is UNHOLY because:
a] Partiality in Christianity is wrong.
b] Having genuine faith in the Lord of glory (Jesus),
and knowing that all earthly distinctions vanish in
the presence of the glorified Christ, eliminates
II. Partiality is UNJUST because:
a] It discriminates on the basis of false motives.
b] It assumes that earthly status determines and
demands certain spiritual privileges.
c] It despises the very people, whom by a WIDE margin
made up the Christian body then, AND NOW!
III. Partiality is UNGODLY because:
a] It is not at all like God to be evil. (Chapter
b] It allows some to judge on the basis of appearance,
not of heart.
c] It blinds us to the fact that all throughout
Christian history, those who were poor in the things
of the world were the majority of the church, not the
d] It causes some to cater to the enemies of God!
e] It is not reflective nor a demonstration of God's
IV. Partiality is UNWISE because:
a] It is a hindrance to family love;
b] It is a sin against the word of God;
c] We will give an account of our actions to the
1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus
Christ, [the Lord] of glory, with respect of persons.
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a
gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a
poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay
clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good
place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit
here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are
become judges of evil thoughts?
It is without question that par ...
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