Study # 64
December 16, 1998
Harlingen, Texas

Thesis: Spiritual adultery springs primarily from the spirit's obsessive envy. Introduction: In the past weeks, we have spent our time considering the reality of the conflict that arises from the deep frustration of defeated desires. We noted that God is not interested in our living in such defeat or frustration, but that the problem rests solidly upon the problem of being committed to the wrong things. Last week we looked into James' question of his readers as to whether they did not know that the determination to pursue the world was to make themselves enemies of God as adulterers and adultresses. This evening we are going to look into James' next question: Do you think the Scriptures speak vainly?