The Strange Case of the Snooty Usher
#8 in Series-Practical Christian Living
Dr. Adrian Rogers
Take your Bibles please and turn if you will to James chapter 2. We worked our way through James chapter 1 as we continue our journey with James, as he's telling us about religion in shoe leather, practical Christianity. We're going to read together now, the first ten verses of James chapter 2, The Sad Case of the Snooty Usher.
"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 also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect unto him that weareth the gay clothing and say unto him, Get thou in, 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 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 fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, thou shalt love thy neighbor 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."
Prejudice is what makes people down on what they're not up on and James warns very strongly about this. So I want you to think tonight with me on the strange case of the snooty usher. Now, James makes at least five powerful points in the scripture that I've read to you. The first is the prohibition of prejudice in verse 1. "My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, with respect of pers ...
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