Tongues on Fire
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
There is a little door
That everyone can close,
And that's the little door
Just underneath your nose.
By J. Vernon McGee
Proper warning must be given to those who are gossips: This
study may bring a measure of discomfort of mind and heart.
However, a little Christian courage will be helpful in looking
frankly at this subject given to us by James-namely, hell on fire.
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth
not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's
religion is vain. (James 1:26)
The Explosive Epistle of James
James is the most explosive epistle in the New Testament. In
fact, it is the spiritual atomic bomb of the Bible. It is a book that
is feared by both saint and sinner. The policy, I think, of the
average Christian is "hands off," "handle with care," "let this
alone," or "do not open" (it is not "do not open 'til Christmas,"
but do not open at all).
In preparing to teach on this epistle, I went back to make an
inventory of my own ministry, and it was rather humiliating.
When I go to conferences I speak on Ephesians, Colossians,
Philippians, Romans, Galatians, Acts, and all of the Gospels. I
take the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament a great deal because
I love it, also the Minor Prophets and the Book of Psalms. But I
have never spoken on the Epistle of James at a conference. So I
come in under the category of those who may be a little afraid to
open this book.
You see, we dismiss the Epistle of James as being unimportant.
John is the Gospel of love, and it appeals to our hearts. Romans
and Galatians, intellectual documents, present the great doctrines
of the faith, and that appeals to our heads. Ephesians and
Colossians go to the heights with spiritual truth, and we like that.
And the Epistle to the Hebrews goes down deeper than any other
in the New Testament, or the Old Testament for that matter, and
that is why we latch on to that.
But Jam ...
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