"The coming of the Lord draweth nigh." -- James 5:8
James for Skeptics
James is one of my favorite books in the Bible. I don't know, maybe it's just the ex-Catholic
in me, but James doesn't contain much that is objectionable, and has some really good
stuff. Evangelical Protestants, of
course, don't much like the book of James, though few will admit it as openly as did their hero,
Martin Luther. He
despised it, calling it an "epistle of straw" since it so clearly contradicted his
perverted belief that salvation comes from faith alone, independent of one's actions.
Verses seldom quoted by born-again Christians:
"Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." 1:19
"Pure religion ... is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted
from the world." 1:27
The rich should not be treated better than the poor. 2:2-4
"What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?"
Help others that are in need; don't just wish them well. 2:15-16