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Beware Of The Witness Of Wealth (Money)
Nov. 14, 2010
INTRODUCTION: James has already mentioned the rich on 3 occasions: 1:9-11; 2:2-3; and 2:6. Here in James 5 it is generally assumed that James is speaking to wealthy individuals outside the Christian church, however, as he speaks to those outside, he does it to the benefit of those inside. It is as though James is turning away from his real audience to address some other group.
In this text there is not an indictment of wealth, there is not an indictment of wealth; there is no data to support the idea that it is wrong to be wealthy.
Proverbs 10:22, "The blessing of the Lord makes one rich,
And He adds no sorrow with it."
God does not disapprove of people with money, but He does speak out against those who "trust in riches."
Proverbs 11:28, "He who trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will flourish like foliage.
Mark 10:24, "the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!"
Like Paul, James sees the danger, not in wealth, but in so loving wealth that it blots our love for God and others.
1 Timothy 6:10, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
Someone said that God will not condemn a man for being wealthy, but He will ask him two questions:
1. How did you gain your wealth?
2. How did you use your wealth?
Nothing more clearly reveals the state of a person's heart than his view of money and material possessions.
The fundamental danger inherent in having wealth lies in the fact that it can cause us to focus our complete attention on this world. We may begin to live for this world alone. Once we possess wealth, it may begin to possess us. The Christian ...
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