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Summary: Prejudice is not an attractive quality of the Christian life. So why don’t we work more to eliminate it from our lifestyles? In this sermon it is identified as sin. Prejudice needs to be approached from several different angles, and this sermon speaks

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Viewing the Sin of Prejudice

James 2:1-14 C:\MyData\JAM-OLD But Good\JAMES2-1.WPD

(1) My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of

personal favoritism. (2} For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, {3} and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool," {4} have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? {5} Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? {6} But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? {7} Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called? {8} If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR

AS YOURSELF," you are doing well. {9} But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. {10} For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. {11} For He who said, "DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY," also said, "DO NOT COMMIT MURDER." Now if you do not

commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. {12} So speak and so act, as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. {13} For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

INTRODUCTION:

In my title I call prejudice a sin; Is it a sin? Look at verse nine (9). "But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors." The Bible calls prejudice sin. In the text I want to call your attention to three different views of this sin of prejudice.

1. The View of the Church Members.

2. The View of the Guest.

3. The View of God and His Word.

1. The Sin of Prejudice from the Church Members View. v 2-4

{2} For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, {3} and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool," {4} have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?

EXPLANATION

A. The sin grows out of faulty . . Concepts. v 2-3

B. The sin grows out of faulty . . Conclusions. v 4

ILLUSTRATION TOPIC: Prejudice INDEX: 448 DATE: 4/1988.14 TITLE: Mahatma Ghandi

Carefully meditate on the following incident from the life of Mahatma Ghandi. This man, who later gained world attention, says in his autobiography that in his student days he was truly interested in the Bible. Deeply touched by reading the gospels, he seriously considered becoming a convert. Christianity seemed to offer the real solution to the caste system that was dividing the people of India. One Sunday he went to a nearby church to attend services. He decided to see the minister and ask for instruction in the way of salvation and enlightenment on other doctrines.


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