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God is the Author of Sin (3 of 16)
Illustration: In a very unusual move for a National politician this Thursday President Barak Obama announced, "The buck stops with me" following the attempted terrorist attack on a Detroit bound airliner. He then resolved to see to it that any gaps in airport security and intelligence would be address and corrected.
The saying "the buck stops here" is derived from the expression "pass the buck" which means passing the responsibility on to someone else. The latter expression is said to have originated with the game of poker, frequently in frontier days a knife with a buckhorn handle, was used to indicate the person whose turn it was to deal. If the player did not wish to deal he could pass the responsibility by passing the "buck," to the next player.
In this portion of our letter James is addressing
the human tendency to, "Pass the Buck".
INTRODUCTION: In our study of this letter by James we have learned thus far that this was probably the first of the New Testament epistles. It was penned by James bar Joseph, the half brother of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was written as the earliest New Testament Churches turned toward their mother Church in Jerusalem looking for leadership from James the Senior Pastor.
We are calling our series, "Attacking the Myths that Threaten the Christian Soul", remember we have said that these early Churches were torn between two worlds.
1. The world of Old Testament Judaism
2. The world of Greco-Roman Idolatry
1. The first myth that James attacked was the myth that trials were bad.
These baby Churches were facing growing persecution as they sought more and more to bring their lives into subjection to Christ. So he began his letter by encouraging them to consider it all joy when they face various trials.
Now Trials are the testing that God allows and causes in order to develop us into mature believers. Because of the results produced by t ...
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