by Harley Howard

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The Book of James (5 of 8)
Dr. Harley Howard
James 3

The trouble with the tongue!

1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

The word for masters, is the word, teachers. This seems to be the plight of many a church, both the person(s) seeking an office as a teacher as well as churches being in a hurry to place teachers in their assembly. How many a teacher should have pondered the great truth that James states here before even thinking about being one who instructs anyone. The teaching ministry is more than just imparting truth or giving lessons. To be a teacher assumes the role of one who is QUALIFIED TO TEACH BY WAY OF EXAMPLE AS WELL AS BY WORD. This is the great danger of being a teacher who is not qualified nor properly trained. Not only does the teacher have great responsibility, but great accountability because of the influence of his or her tongue and that is the main point of the passage. The influence of our tongues can be used for good or for evil, and those who have status as teachers are even more liable because most people will take what we say at face value without the least bit of searching it out. Laziness is the reason for many, while trust in our instructors is another reason why people take what we say at face value without investigation. I have always, and will always, encourage people to seek the scriptures for themselves and any of us who teach are to be subject to the truth that we dare impart to others. We must be careful that we do not seek after the position of teacher in the church if we have not been called into the work or we will do more damage than good.

2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body.

The control of the tongue is the barometer of Christian maturity. The speech of any Christian will soon reveal whether or not he is spiritual or not. The speech of any ...

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