Sweet Sunday Sermon – Book of James

Submitted by Dr. GP


I wrote this paraphrase of James in 1998 at the time of my first son’s first sermon (on James—JUST DO IT


22 thoughts on “Sweet Sunday Sermon – Book of James

  1. Mr Pilgrim,Sir!
    Please kindly note, that your opening salvo today is the very best I have seen here…….and this is the 37th episode of SSS.
    Your post is about the topic, rather than an ad hominem. Your post is not a rabid rambling rant either.
    In response to your question, I have no answer.“How do we bridle the tongue” seems to be one of the rhethorical questions of the Bible;

  2. My favourite section of James is the passage on the classification of sin.

    Below is a section from my DMin thesis (previously called a paper trophy on BU, though peer reviewed) which relates James to Genesis 3.

    “As we analyze the act of sin which resulted in the fall of man we must note the Bible’s classification of the methodology of sin. First let us consider James’ insightful input which warns that sinners are tempted when drawn and enticed by their natural desires becoming lusts. Such inordinate desires once conceived lead both to acts of sin and its eventual punishment- death (James 1:14-15).
    This nugget of truth is corroborated by both the Genesis record and John’s expansion of this same principle in 1 John 2: 16. It is noteworthy also that in Genesis 3, the serpent used some of the same methods employed in Colossians 2- that of perverting the truth and thereby causing doubt by enticing words, philosophy and vain deceit.
    Satan began by sowing the seed of suspicion about God, for his question is, in effect, “Are you sure?” To this he added the lie promulgated since, that man can exist apart from God. It is important to see that Satan’s temptation involved both psychological and religious appeals.

    The ploy of Satan’s temptation of Eve (representing the old Adam) can thus clearly be seen to have involved the threefold classification of sin described by John in 1 John 2:16.

    1 John 2:16 points out clearly that all sins have at the root of their conception either (1) the lust of the flesh, (2) the lust of the eye, or (c) the pride of life.

    Note that “the flesh” in 1 John 2:16 does not mean “the body” but refers to the nature we receive at our physical birth – the basic old sin nature of unregenerate man that makes him blind to spiritual truth as taught in 1 Corinthians 2:14.

    We read in Genesis 3:6 that “when the woman saw that the tree was good for food (the lust of the flesh), and that it was pleasant to the eyes (the lust of the eyes), and a tree to make one wise (the pride of life), she took of the fruit”. In fact, study of sin in the Bible and in our lives will demonstrate that all sin can really be classified into one of these categories.
    God made us with certain desires such as hunger, thirst, weariness etc. These are all quite normal. However, when the nature of the flesh takes control, they become sinful lusts.

    By appealing to these normal appetites, Satan tempts us to satisfy them in forbidden ways. When he did this to Eve, he succeeded.

    A study of Satan’s temptation of Jesus-the new Adam, as recorded in Matthew 4 and Luke 4 reveals that Satan used the same modus operandi as he did with Eve. However, when he attempted the same ploy with Christ by inviting Him to satisfy his hunger by turning stones into bread, he failed (Matthew 4:3-4).

    The second device that Satan used in his attempt to trap both Eve and Jesus, and the device he still employs on everyone today is that of “the lust of the eyes.” He invites us to “Feast your eyes on this!”

    Whereas the lust of the flesh appeals to the lower appetites of the old sin nature, and tempts us to indulge them in sinful ways like gluttony, drunkenness, laziness or sexual immorality, the lust of the eyes operates in a more refined way, by alerting us of sophisticated and intellectual pleasures that gratify both the sight and the mind.

    Since the eyes is a most important gateway to the mind, the lust of the eyes include all pursuits that are contrary to, and that cause us to doubt God’s Word, or to think like the devil and the world system he has designed, or cause us to crowd God into the background of, or completely out of our thinking.

    When the devil used this ruse on Eve she first doubted God, and eventually sinned as she rationalized about what she heard from the tempter, and looked to see that the trees fruit was indeed pleasant to the eyes. However, when the tempter invited Jesus to view from the pinnacle of the temple and to see the kingdoms of the world from a high mountain, he sought to thus lure Jesus into committing a sin of the lust of the eyes. However, Christ foiled the tempter by referring to, and sticking to the Word of God. Jesus quoted the Word of God in each of His three temptations by the devil (Deuteronomy 6:13,16; 10:20).

    The third method of entrapment into sin is the “boastful pride of life” (NAS). The Greek word for “pride” was used to describe a braggart who was trying to impress others with his importance.
    Such pride motivates much of what many people do, and so it did in Eve’s case. She reasoned that the tree could make her wise and so she sinned.
    Again we see that when thus tempted, Jesus triumphed. This enabled the author of Hebrews to truthfully testify that Jesus suffered temptation, and “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin ”(Hebrews 2:18; 4:15). He also passed the test of James 2:10.

    1 Timothy 2:14 makes it very clear that Eve was deceived , but that Adam sinned knowingly. He deliberately ate the fruit to please Eve. Later we will see that Abraham was led into sin by his wife (Genesis 16:2), that Jacob obeyed his mother and engaged in an act of deception against his father (Genesis 27).

    Man’s propensity to sin to please their female companions has continued unabated ever since. A complete understanding of this event is obtained by reading the very ardently debated and disobeyed scripture in the contemporary church (1 Timothy 2:11-15). The Spirit warns us today in 2 Corinthians 11:3 that we must not let our minds be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ as happened to Eve, when she was beguiled by the serpent through his subtlety  in the Garden of Eden.  

  3. The Lord will keep you safe from all evil; he will take care of your soul.The Lord will keep watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time and for ever.
    The King James Bible of 1611 was written within the period of GB’s Slave Trade and should be dashed away and replaced by the Amharic Bible

    1562 First English slaving expedition by Sir John Hawkins
    1807 Death of John Newton
    1813 Death of Granville Sharp
    1831 Death of Elizabeth Heyrick
    1833 The Abolition of Slavery Act is passed by the British Parliament, abolishing the practice of slavery in all British territories.

  4. Those names were white folks who did not get very far and should be viewed as white spin

    slave trade was probably stopped by Nat Turner 1831 and American War of Independence 1775–1783 where Yanks told Brits they would rather grab their own slaves from Africa and threw the British Government out even though they were originally Brits anyhow

  5. Satan bitterly opposes the operation of the Word of God, and the teaching of the Word of God on BU.

    To the Law and to the Testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isa 8:20).

    The Lord Jesus prayed, ”Sanctify them through thy truth; Thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

    Although the written Word of God reveals the living Word, the Lord Jesus, they are inseparable.

    False doctrine can be counteracted only by the preaching and the teaching of the Bible

  6. “Preaching is the uncompromising proclamation of certainties; teaching is the explanation of the meaning and significance of them.” (Barclay)

  7. @ Dr. GP MD esq

    Question: or Al Green?

    i.e. same question as above about your Reverend credentials

  8. RE @ Doctor G.P. MD

    Question: Are you a real Reverend like Al Sharpton?
    I AM NOT A Reverend AND I AM NOTHING LIKE Al Sharpton

    WE HAVE NO Reverends in the Plymouth Brethren Assemblies
    teaching and preaching is done by lay men in the Assemblies voluntarily
    there are no paid ministers or pastors

  9. The Doctor is a Conservative Christian, which means a fundamentalist illiberal and right wing extremist, which puts everything he has ever said into full perspective and explains why you should pay him no mind and why he should be given a wide berth on BU. When something feels not right, it isn’t.

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