Money Talks

Text: James 5:1-6
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: October 23, 2011

The final chapter of James’ epistle begins with the strongest condemnation of the unrighteous rich which can be found in the New Testament.
“Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you.”
James almost sounds like a protestor at the “occupy wall street” rally.

James is not condemning all wealthy people, but those who are guilt of hoarding, fraud, extravagance and oppression.

Given that James is writing to a poor congregation, some have wondered why James would speak to the rich this way, since few of them would read his epistle.
James, following in the style of the Old Testament prophets, pronounces God’s judgment upon those who oppressing His people.
We His people should not envy the unrighteous rich, but rather wait upon God to bring justice.
We also need to be warned not to follow in their footsteps.

Posted on October 23rd, 2011 | Permalink