GOD SAID IT: THAT SETTLES IT
INTRODUCTION: James is talking specifically about being
disrespectful to some people while giving honor to others.
I. THE TRUTH ESTABLISHED. v. l0
A. OBEDIENCE. l0a
B. OFFENSE. l0b
Sin of commission and sin of omission
"offend" - stumble; Talmud teachings -
"If a man do all, but omit one, he is
guilty for all and each."
Negative: I don't steal
Positive: Love God
James is not saying that one sin is as bad
C. OBJECTIVE. l0c
James is not talking about the degree of guilt,
but that there is real guilt if we violate the
law at any point.
ILLUSTRATION: How many links in a chain has to
break for a chain to be broken.
Romans 3:28, "We conclude that a man is justified
by faith apart from the deeds of the law."
II. THE TRUTH EXPLAINED. v.ll
A. THE UNITY OF THE LAWGIVER. lla
People free from fleshly sins have often made their
condemnation of fleshly sins an excuse for
indulgence towards spiritual sins.
"You cannot justify your wrong at the expense of
someone else's wrong."
"Well, I gossip, but that's all."
"I'm not a murderer!"
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