MetaChristianity VI Unlocking James Bible Mysteries
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“I believe that through God’s mind you write.” Wayne (Old Comments 2003)
Unlocking James Bible Mysteries
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By far the most contentious book in the New Testament on a per word basis is the book of James. Generally regarded as the first New Testament document produced, the letter of James is written in the staccato style of Proverbs and saturated with a multitude of imperatives. This makes James unlike any other book in the New Testament.
Why is James considered so controversial? Because if a person could only obtain salvation based on the imperatives of James, no one could ever be saved. See for yourself:
Ja.1.19a My dear brothers
James begins by addressing his readers as “brothers”.
Ja.4.4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
But he ends up accusing them of being an “enemy of God”.
Ja.2.24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
James expected them to work their way into heaven. Their “faith alone” was not nearly enough.
Ja.2.10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
James expected his readers to keep the Law of the Old Covenant.
Ja.2.9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
If they were to commit one little sin they were “convicted by the law”.
Ja.4.17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
Who could ever live up to this standard? How can the book of James be explained?
Mid-acts dispensationalists claim that they have a solution to the James dilemma, however they can only solve half of the problems in the book of James with their doctrine. The real solution to understanding James is actually much more profound than dispensationalism, but you will have to read Unlocking James Bible Mysteries to find out what it is.
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Note: Because of doctrinal overlap it is advisable to read the book series in the numbered order.
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