by Rick White

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Critical Conflicts in the Community of Faith (8 of 14)
Series: Real World Faith for Real World People
Rick White
James 4:1-10

What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. And you are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself and enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose; He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us? But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.(1-6) Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother, or judges his brother, speaks against the law, and judges the law; but if you judge the law, your are not a doer of the law, but a judge of it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor? (vv.11-12)

Introduction: (Nashville Banner, June 30,1993) Pastor, congregation locked out of own church. Member declares she alone controls keys. St. Peter may hold the keys to heaven, but Judy Denney holds the keys to the Goodlettsville Missionary Baptist Church and won't let the congregation in. The church congregation and its pastor , Merdy Jack Steele, sued Denney on Tuesday in Davidson County Circuit Court after she allegedly padlocked the church doors last week and told Steele he could no longer go in the building. Denney allegedly told Steele that she and she alone controls who may use the church building and decides who may be minister of the congregation. The lawsuit says church property ownership ...

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