James 4:13-5:11 – Rich and Poor (part two)

This week we’re continuing in the letter of James, which is all about the temptation to be double-minded: trying to be friends with God and friends with the world. This is part two of our focus on James 4:13-5:11.

Yesterday, James (probably drawing on Jesus’ parable of the Rich Fool) has a go at wealthy Christians who are double-minded: they say that God’s in control but by their actions they show that God is far from their thinking. For a start, they forget that – just like the rich fool – God could take it all away from them in an instant. But more than that, they are thinking selfishly, storing up for themselves rather than being rich toward others. They are sinning by omission:

4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

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