by Harley Howard

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The Book of James (6 of 8)
Chapter 4:1-10
Dr. Harley Howard

"Church Wars"

I am certain that most of us have heard of the Star
Wars trilogy, which featured the science fiction
galactic battles of Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader.
More realistically however, and more down to earth,
James addresses what we could entitle "Church Wars,"
the religious battles among the churches.

1 From whence [come] wars and fightings among you?
[come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts that war
in your members?

What I like about James is that he doesn't dwell long
in his writings about dealing with the symptoms of
church problems. Rather, he goes right to the source
of the problem. He goes right to the root of the

James says, "All right if you want to know the real
reason behind your church wars then here it is, as if
you didn't know. They come from within a person(s).
They come from within your own selfish, evil desires."

What is the source of our modern day church wars?
Members battling the Pastor, staff fighting for some
power and position in the church when Jesus is its
only head. Church members fighting and not speaking to
each other while getting up in the service and singing
what a fellowship, what a joy divine? Some people
drive to a split service. I don't mean 2 services, I
mean a split in the service. There is no joy, no
fellowship, no peace to speak of, no love demonstrated
whatsoever, and none of them are really interested in
the word of God or this would not be going on. James
describes this as wars and fightings, meaning,
conflicts and quarrels--skirmishes and clashes among
believers. So where is the source of this problem?
It's rampant in the church.

James asks the question: where do the quarrels and
fightings come from, you know, "Church Wars?" Then he
says, come they not hence, or don't they come from
this place? Now James speaks to that which his
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