Study # 61
November 25, 1998
Harlingen, Texas

Thesis: The roots of intense conflict are to be found in the inner turmoil of the hedonistically committed. Introduction: We have been studying in James for sixty studies. In those studies we have seen that James had a powerful burden to make it possible for believers to effectively combat temptation on every level so that they might be able to inherit well in the coming Kingdom. For all those who correctly see that eternity looms over time and has as much more significance than time as the universe has than this speck of dust upon which we live, this burden exists. We have completed our consideration of two of the crucial areas where temptation exercises a significant pull: the appeal that wealth seems to have with its promise of security; and the appeal that position seems to have with its promise of significance. This evening we are beginning our consideration of the third critical area: the appeal that pleasure seems to have with its promise of pain free ecstasy.