70 myths on losing salvation (47): getting to church on time is more important than the poor and needy.

Image

For those of you who are new, these series of articles are dedicated to refuting the teaching that a believer can lose its salvation. I am using a reference of 70 ways a believer can fall away from a blogger who name himself smashing idols.

(His full article is here: http://smashingidols7.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/70-ways-a-believer-can-fall-away/

Also you can follow the refutes of his 70 ways here by just click to this link:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/tag/70-ways-to-lose-your-salvation/)

Here is myth 47

Myth 47. begin to imagine that getting to church on time is more important than the poor and needy. James 2:1-9

The issue that James is addressing has nothing to do with salvation but with favoritism.  It also has nothing to do with going to church on time! This is again adultering Scripture to fit one’s position.

Let’s look at the Scripture in its passage.

“2 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “You shall not murder.”[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

Now you may be asking me this question. Why is James asking Christians to obey the law? This will take much explanation.  Prepare for a long write up. I promise you it will be worth your while.

It must be said that James’ audience consists of Jews. Some are believers some are not. However note that he is writing to a general audience but with the exception of the early verses in Chapter 2.

See James 1. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Secondly it is important for us to note when James was written. It is written way before Paul began to preach his gospel. As such, James was writing at a time when the church was going through a transition from law to grace.

I had written a note on this: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/are-christians-bound-to-keep-the-commandments-why-nobody-preaches-from-acts-15r/

You can read the article there and note why James says what he says. It is only in the Council of Antioch James had a full understanding what the Gospel is meant also for the Gentiles.

Please note like Peter and James many early Christians (predominantly Jewish) thought they were still bound by the Law of Moses, not knowing that the era of the law ended when Christ died on the cross. It took a stubborn Peter to break tradition to enter into a Jewish home. Paul mentioned this in Ephesians 2:14-15 when he said the Jew and the Gentile had become one. How did they become one? By breaking down the wall of hostility, the law of Moses. It took Paul always 10 years to realize this.

That’s why Paul took his Gospel of Grace to the elders in Jerusalem in Galatians 2 and Acts 10 and explain the same to Peter, James and John. It was then they realize what was really happening. That is also why when you read about John and his epistles, you would note when he mentions “commands” he does not refer to the Law of Moses but “love one another”. That is the commandment for the believer. It is not the 10.

I know it cringes many to note that James (when writing to Jews only) may not have full revelation of the Gospel is, one must note that revelation is progressive. I am glad James came good in Acts 15. We should too. 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s