The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by James Merritt

JAMES 3:1-12-
'THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON'
JAMES MERRITT

INTRODUCTION

1. THERE IS A WEAPON THAT IS MORE POWERFUL THAN
ANY OTHER WEAPON KNOWN TO MAN. AND IT HAS BEEN IN
EXISTENCE SINCE THE CREATION OF MANKIND, IT HAS
BEEN KNOWN TO START WARS, RUIN FRIENDSHIPS, SPARS
NATIONAL REVOLUTIONS. IT HAS KILLED MORE
RUINED MORE REPUTATIONS, WRECKED MORE HOMES, SPLIT
MORE CHURCHES, DRIVEN MORE MEN OUT OF THE MINISTRY
RAND CAUSED MORE HATRED THAN ANY OTHER WEAPON IN
THE WORLD.

2. CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION THE MOST POWERFUL
WEAPON IN THE WORLD IS NOT THE ATOMIC BOMB. NOR
IS IT SOME LASER BEAM AIMED FROM OUTER SPACE.
INDEED IT IS NOT EVEN A WEAPON MADE BY MAN. CONCEALED
AS A SNIPER, QUICK AS A BULLET AND DEADLY
AS A GUN IT IS THE THREE INCH ANIMAL THAT LIVES
IN A POOL OF SALIVA BEHIND AN IVORY CAGE OF TEETH
KNOWN AS THE TONGUE.

3. THERE IS INCREDIBLY AWESOME POWER IN THE TONGUE.
MS A MATTER OF FACT, THERE IS POWER IN AN AWESOME
TONGUE. V HEARD ABOUT A LADY WHO WAS THE MOST
NOTORIOUS GOSSIP IN THE CHURCH WHO CAME DOWN THE -
AISLE ONE SUNDAY MORNING AND TOOK HER PASTOR BY
THE HAND AND SAID, "PASTOR, I AM REALLY BURDENED,
THE LORD HAS CONVICTED ME OF MY -GOSSIP AND I WANT
TO CHANGE."' NOW THE PASTOR KNEW THAT SHE HAD DONE
THIS SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE WITH PREVIOUS PASTORS
AND HE SAID, WELL, WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO DO ABOUT
IT?' SHE SAID, 'I WANT TO LAY MY TONGUE ON THE
ALTAR. THE PASTOR SAID, "HONEY, I DON'T THINK
WE VE GOT ONE BIG ENOUGH." JAMES TELLS US IN THIS
PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE THAT THE TONGUE IS A SMALL
ANIMAL THAT PACKS A GREAT WALLOP.
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4. NOW THIS BOOK CALLED JAMES IS GOD'S MANUAL
FOR CHRISTIAN MATURITY. NOTICE VERSE 2. JAMES
REFERS TO BEING A PERFECT MAN. THE WORD PERFECT
LITERALLY MEANS MATURE. HE SAYS AGAIN IN
CHAPTER 1:4 THAT HE DESIRES FOR US TO BE "PERFECT
AND COMPLETE". AGAIN THE WORD PERFECT REFERS TO
MATURITY. JAMES IS WRITING A BOOK TO SHOW THE
MARKS OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY. HE IS CONCERNED ABOUT
THE CHRISTIAN GROWING IN HIS FAITH, HIS FAITHFULNESS
AND HIS FELLOWSHIP. THAT IS WHY IS WROTE THE BOOK.
HE WRITES THE BOOK WITH A PASTOR S HEART AND WITH
A PASTORAL CONCERN THAT THE CHILD OF GOD MATURE
INTO A FULL GROWN MAN. IT'S VERY INTERESTING HOW
THE OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF JAMES FOLLOWS THAT
THEME OR EXAMPLE IN CHAPTER 1 JAMES IS CONCERNED
ABOUT CHRISTIAN'S W (CHAPTER 1:5). IN
CHAPTER 2 HE IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN S
WORKS (CHAPTER 2:14). HERE IN CHAPTER 3 HE IS 2
CONCERNED ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN'S WORDS (CHAPTER 3:2)
NOW, IN A NUTSHELL JAMES SAYS IN THE FIRST 3 CHAPTERS
THAT A MATURE CHRISTIAN LIVES ACCORDING TO WISDOM,
HE MANIFESTS GOOD WORKS AND HE CONTROLS HIS WORDS.
BUT HERE JAMES IS PREOCCUPIED WITH THAT LITTLE
ANIMAL, THAT MINUTE PART OF THE BODY CALLED THE
TONGUE. HE MAKES 3 IMPORTANT OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING
THE TONGUE.

I. THE DYNAMIC POWER OF THE TONGUE--VERSE 5

L. THERE IS AMAZING DYNAMITE POWER IN THIS LITTLE
ANIMAL CALLED THE TONGUE. BIG THINGS DO ...


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