Study # 48
August 5, 1998
Harlingen, Texas

Thesis: The choice of whether to be a teacher or not is to be made on the basis of necessity and not on the basis of personal fulfillment (especially of the desire to be held in high esteem by others). Introduction: Last week we concluded the section of James' letter that had to do with the pursuit of security through material acquisition. According to the theology of the Bible, that issue is one of the "big three" issues of life. Our security is to arise out of our relationship with God Who has chosen to give the greatest benefit to those who function by the richness of faith, regardless of the condition of their material situation. This evening we are going to embark upon a study of a second of the "big three": the temptation to seek status from men on the basis of their recognition of our accomplishments. This, like materialism, is a huge problem that has resulted in these latter days' concept of secular humanism. It will ultimately usher in the reign of the Antichrist. It is that diabolical. And, it is no light matter for a Christian to dabble in it. Interestingly, James saw the problem primarily in terms of the desire men have to wield influence in the Church. The primary position of influence is that of "teacher". Thus, we have James' opening statement in his treatment of the temptation to the pride of life as being a command to not seek to be a teacher in the Body.