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Summary: Christians are often accused of hypocrisy. With that in mind, it is a legitimate question to ask, “What is the root of this hypocrisy?” or “Where does this hypocrisy come from?” There is a simple answer to these questions, hypocrisy come when we allow o

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THE HORRIDNESS OF HOARDING

James 5:1-6 (NIV) 1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.

James 5:1-6 (MSG) 1 And a final word to you arrogant rich: Take some lessons in lament. You'll need buckets for the tears when the crash comes upon you. 2 Your money is corrupt and your fine clothes stink. 3 Your greedy luxuries are a cancer in your gut, destroying your life from within. You thought you were piling up wealth. What you've piled up is judgment. 4 All the workers you've exploited and cheated cry out for judgment. The groans of the workers you used and abused are a roar in the ears of the Master Avenger. 5 You've looted the earth and lived it up. But all you'll have to show for it is a fatter than usual corpse. 6 In fact, what you've done is condemn and murder perfectly good persons, who stand there and take it.

INTRODUCTION: Christians are often accused of hypocrisy. With that in mind, it is a legitimate question to ask, “What is the root of this hypocrisy?” or “Where does this hypocrisy come from?” There is a simple answer to these questions, hypocrisy come when we allow ourselves to imitate the ungodly culture around us. Wherever we allow this imitation to come in, it will ultimately reveal itself in hypocrisy; personal, or corporate. One of the areas where followers of Christ and Bible believing churches are often accused of hypocrisy is the issue of hoarding our wealth.

1. THE CONSTERNATION OF HOARDING

a. Hoarding is defined as dread that results in utter dismay.

i. It is not a pretty sight

ii. It is not a desired condition for anyone!

iii. Who would EVER want to live this was?

b. James declares the result to be weeping and wailing

i. Literally, “to burst into tears”

ii. This phrase is also used of the reaction of the wicked to the Day of the Lord

SO, JAMES IS SPEAKING TO US ABOUT A CONDITION NONE OF US WOULD LIKE TO HAVE, BUT ALSO A CONDITION, THAT IF WE HAVE IT,, IS A CONDITION OF FUTURE SIGNIFICANCE.

c. James warns against a misery that can and will come upon us

i. Not a misery of possessing wealth

ii. A misery of trusting wealth

iii. A misery of trusting in things that decay

iv. The word misery is a compound word meaning hardened concrete. Hoarding has a way of hardening us.

d. James says that this condition is possible for the rich.

i. James does not tell us whether the rich are believers or not. So, it is safe to assume that both believers and un-believers are being mentioned.


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