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Is Everyone Welcome at San Jacinto Baptist Church? (7 of 16)
Series: Christianity and Shoe Leather
Dr. Stan Coffey
I.THE PROHIBITION OF PREJUDICE
II. THE PROBLEM OF PARTIALITY
III. THE APPRAISAL OF THE LORD
IV. THE POSITION OF THE POOR
If you have your Bible tonight I want you to turn to James Chapter 2. We continue the study in the book of James and tonight I want to ask the question, which is the title of my message. Is everyone welcomed at San Jacinto Baptist Church?
I already hear some amens and so I take it you already feel that they are. That is what we are going to deal with in this passage and I think you will see it as we read it together.
Verse 1 says, "MY BRETHREN, HAVE NOT THE FAITH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE LORD OF GLORY, WITH RESPECT OF PERSONS. FOR IF THERE COME UNTO YOUR ASSEMBLY A MAN WITH A GOLD RING, IN GOODLY APPAREL, AND THERE COME IN ALSO A POOR MAN IN VILE RAIMENT;
AND YE HAVE RESPECT TO HIM THAT WEARETH THE GAY CLOTHING, AND SAY UNTO HIM, SIT THOU HERE IN A GOOD PLACE; AND SAY TO THE POOR, STAND THOU THERE, OR SIT HERE UNDER MY FOOTSTOOL: ARE YE NOT THEN PARTIAL IN YOURSELVES, AND ARE BECOME JUDGES OF EVIL THOUGHTS?
HEARKEN, MY BELOVED BRETHREN, HATH NOT GOD CHOSEN THE POOR OF THIS WORLD RICH IN FAITH, AND HEIRS OF THE KINGDOM WHICH HE HATH PROMISED TO THEM THAT LOVE HIM? BUT YE HAVE DESPISED THE POOR. DO NOT RICH MEN OPPRESS YOU, AND DRAW YOU BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEATS?
DO NOT THEY BLASPHEME THAT WORTHY NAME BY THE WHICH YE ARE CALLED? IF YE FULFIL THE ROYAL LAW ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURE, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF, YE DO WELL:
BUT IF YE HAVE RESPECT TO PERSONS, YE COMMIT SIN, AND ARE CONVINCED OF THE LAW AS TRANSGRESSORS. FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL KEEP THE WHOLE LAW, AND YET OFFEND IN ONE POINT, HE IS GUILTY OF ALL."
Now from the very beginning of the church, Jesus intended that His church would be a place unlike any other organization, unlike any other assembly on the face of this ea ...
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