The Book of James

This study of the Book of James is one of the many lessons taught by Pastor Ron Crenshaw on the various books of the Bible. When teaching on a particular book in the Bible, Pastor Ron addresses the topics addressed on a verse by verse basis. Pastor Ron ministers under the Teaching Anointing, and the Word of God comes to life as the Holy Spirit reveals the truth contained therein. Now let us begin with the Book of James:

James 1:1

This epistle was written to the twelve tribes of the true Jews, the ones who are Jews inwardly. The Jews after the spirit can include Jews who were born Jewish who believe on Jesus and those who have been grafted into the kingdom of God through faith. For as it states in Romans 2:28-29, "He is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart…" The Jews are notable because to them were committed the oracles of God.

James was an eyewitness to Christ Jesus’ ministry, and he describes himself as a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was also one of Jesus’ natural brothers and one of the apostles.

The difference between a bondservant and a slave is that a bondservant, of his own free will, allows himself to come under the submission of another; whereas, a slave is forced to submit. The motivation for being a bondservant is a love for the master, not wanting to be separated from him. Being a bondservant of God is a good thing because God is a good master. A slave, on the other hand, is forced to submit, and it is not good to be a slave of the devil. There were/are certain things that identify a slave. One of them is an earring. They are a sign saying that the person wearing them has a master. Slaves were forced to wear earrings to show that they belonged to a master. For this reason, a man should never wear earrings because his head is Jesus Christ, and He does not require men to wear this external proof.

1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. Note that this doesn’t say to feel joy. It doesn’t feel good to be in a trial. In fact, this is how you know that it is a trial - it doesn’t feel good. This verse is telling us to treat it and act as though it is a thing that brings us true joy. When you get fired from you job (unjustly), act like you just went to Hawaii.

1:3 (Count it all joy) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. Trials in your life will bring patience to you. You count these things as joy because they will bring patience to you. If your faith weren’t tested, you wouldn’t know that you didn’t have any. It is a good thing to know that you don’t have any faith (in a matter) before you need it. Trials reveal the flaws in our faith.

Many Christians are deceived into thinking that trials are given to them by God. They attribute sickness and disease to, "the Lord trying to show them something." Any Christian that is sick is sick in a manner that is unlawful because our stand as a believer has then become contrary to the promises of God. The Word of God promises health and healing, not sickness and disease. Christians are sick because they are ignorant of the Word of God, rebellious against the Truth, unbelieving of the Truth, or are fearful. We read in John 10:10 that the thief (the devil) does not come except to steal, to kill, and to destroy. Jesus came that we may have life and that we may have it more abundantly. Therefore, anything that results in robbing you, killing you, and destroying you is not from God.

Most of the major, horrible things that happen in our lives are a consequence of something that we have done or have failed to do. You want your Christianity to get to the point where every attack that comes against you will come from the world. The only thing that the world can do is lie and talk bad about you for your testimony for the Lord Jesus. The world cannot harm you unless you let it. All the world can do is bring a shadow of a picture of a thirsty horse in the desert.

Whatever trials that bring you from unbelief to belief are irrelevant. What goes on between point A and point B is irrelevant. What matters is that you get to point B, which is belief. The stumbling blocks will be there. It is the prize that is the promise from God, not the smooth sailing.

We are told to count it all joy when we fall into various trials. Joy is the end result of a stimulus; it brings a good feeling. Leave behind those things that make for sorrow (the details of the trials). If we stay mindful of the path that leads us to joy, we won’t go back to the path that leads to sorrow.

The key to success as a Christian is knowing who you are in the Lord, understanding who you are, and walking in who you are.

1:4 Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. Once you realize the fact that just because you failed, it didn’t impact upon your relationship with God, it will set you free. God knows that we are not going to get it right all the time – He knows our frame, He knows that we are in flesh. The notion of purity has nothing to do with the body, neither is salvation of the body. It is not in the obtaining, but in the groping for, which is our faith driving us forward.

Side Journey: How do you know if you are a thirty, sixty, or a hundred-fold Christian? Assume that you are the hundred-fold one, and if you don’t make it, you did your best. If everyone is using their whole mind, heart, and strength, there will be people who fall in the ranks.

We have to give God license to affect our lives. We consecrate a circumstance to Him, and we go forward knowing that, "the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord." If He wants us to go in another direction, it is up to God to make that real to us.

1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. Wisdom is the correct application of knowledge. It is knowing when, where, and how to apply the things that you know. In order for wisdom to be effective, you must have knowledge first.

How do you know if you lack wisdom? When you have a lot of knowledge but are not reaping the benefits of it, you lack wisdom. If we lack wisdom, we can ask God, and He will give it to us liberally. The heart of God is such that He gives us more than enough, not just barely enough. You can never have too much wisdom. But when you ask Him for it, ask in faith, without doubting. When you doubt, you have no confidence in a stated promise or thing; you don’t expect it to happen. Doubt opposes the promise. You must have a truth about a matter before you can doubt it. Doubt comes when you know a truth, but you refuse to accept what you know. If you have knowledge of the promise, you also have knowledge of the One who made the promise. If you don’t trust the One who made the promise, you’ll have doubt. If we have doubt when we ask for things from God, we won’t have what we are asking for. If we doubt, then it will lead to blaming God when we don’t get those things. One of the first ways that people get robbed of the truths of the Word is to discount what He says in His Word. God gives to ALL liberally and without reproach; he is not a respecter of persons. And, He is not going to give it to you begrudgingly, but liberally.

Any time you go before the Lord to petition Him for anything, leave the doubt behind. If you ask doubting, you are double-minded, unstable in all your ways. This principle applies to everything, not just wisdom. The reasons for our past failings are not because God wasn’t doing it; we didn’t believe the things of God. As long as you blame God, you will never get what He has for you. Your mind is almost always going to side in with the witness of your senses. You have to esteem the witness of your Spirit above all, siding in with the Word of God. As you become skilled in the Word of Righteousness, you learn to discount the witness of your mind. Abraham did not account the witness of His body, but held on to the witness of the promise of God that he would have a son. When you are immature, you elevate the witness of your mind above the witness of the Word, and you are in doubt. After you learn to discount the witness of your mind, you reap the promises of the Spirit and the Word, and you begin to walk in the Spirit. This is called renewing your mind. Don’t ever sit and kick back, thinking that you’ve won because your mind will always revert back to the senses if you let it. Don’t turn your back on the mind. Always keep your mind renewed in the witness of the Word.

The greatest trick in Christianity is learning how to be a "zombie" – learning how to walk in the newness and life of the Spirit, all the while dragging around this crucified flesh. Consider yourself dead in the flesh, but alive to God in the Spirit.

Side Journey: Sex is a concession; it is a pale substitute for true communion. We are not yet in a position to avail ourselves of true communion with the Godhead, so God gave us lawful physical sex between a husband and a wife to substitute for it until the appointed time. Ultimately, when we attain the true communion with the Father, sex will be unnecessary and a poor substitute of the substance.

Our relationship with one another will not be any different in the kingdom of God than it is now. In our church, we have obtained love and singularity of purpose and mind.

What hinders fellowship among the Body of Christ on the earth? Error and pride does. Lusts of the flesh, jealousies, envies, lack of self-control – these all keep the Church divided. We are immature and carnal. When we have learned to walk in the spirit, it pushes aside all of those things of the flesh. The highest honor is to seek each other’s interests.

He who is double minded will get NOTHING from God. You keep from being double-minded by renewing your mind with the Word. If you are not mindful of what God has done for you in the past, when the world throws you a curve, it will throw you off.

The wisdom of God is not to be confused with the wisdom of the world, which God admonishes us not to have. I Corinthians 3:18-21 tells us not to be wise in this age… the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

1:9-11 The lowly brother is exalted and the rich man is humbled.

Is God saying that you shouldn’t be rich? No. God is not opposed to you having riches, but He is opposed to riches having you. You can determine if you are a lover of money by asking what are you willing to do for it? If you are willing to lie, cheat, steal, and kill for it, it has you.

Riches are uncertain no matter how rich you are. They distract us from the true riches – the Kingdom of God. The poor man who is content in his state is more of a blessing to God than a rich man who has no need of God. Exaltation has to be manifested in some tangible way. If you want the Lord to bless you, you have to be poor in Spirit (to desire and seek the Kingdom of God above all). As a rich man, you must be prepared to be humbled. This principle is like the last shall be first and the first shall be last. Any poor man that got rich will always give the glory to God, but a man who becomes rich by his own devising will never give the glory to God.

1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation. If you don’t endure temptation, you won’t be blessed. When you have been approved or passed the test, you will receive the crown of life.

1:13 Blessed are you when you endure the temptation, but don’t say that you were tempted by God. We are tempted when we are drawn away by our own desires and enticed.

1:15 Here’s the process: you are drawn away by your own desires to seek something that is contrary to the Word of God, these desires give birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

1:17 Good and perfect gifts come from God, in whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Side Journey: There is a point of no return in our walk. It is described in Hebrews 6:4-6. You won’t get to the destination until you are willing to get past the point of no return, but if you pass that point of no return, you can’t change your mind. You cannot reject Jesus as a mature, spirit-filled Christian and then come back. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, He is bearing witness to the fact that we are saved. If we deny Jesus after we have received Him, then we make the Holy Spirit out to be a liar.

1:19 Be willing to listen. People won’t listen because of pride. Be slow to speak and be slow to wrath. It doesn’t say to never have wrath, but be slow to have it. Don’t be hot-tempered. Be slow to wrath by walking in the Spirit. We must be slow to wrath because true wrath doesn’t stop until everyone is dead. Once you turn it on, it doesn’t stop until the job is done.

1:21-25 Put aside all wickedness and receive with meekness (renew your mind with the washing by) the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls. Don’t be a hearer of the Word only, but also be a doer of the Word. People go to Church and listen to the preacher, but then leave there and don’t do anything in the Word. Don’t be a hypocrite. Being a doer of the Word is looking into the perfect law of liberty. If you don’t plan on doing the Word, the worst thing you could do is to hear it. The more you hear it, the more you are held accountable for what you know.

1:26 If you "think" you are religious (you have all the religious trappings, but not the substance), but don’t bridle your tongue, you deceive your own heart, and your religion is useless.

1:27 Let your religion be demonstrated by action. True religion is in loving your neighbor as yourself – visiting orphans and widows in their trouble and keeping yourself unspotted from the world. These individuals don’t have a human covering to care for them. They are helpless, and therefore God wants us to help them.

The perfect law of liberty is freedom from sin. Anything that delivers you from the bondage of sin will lead you into the perfect law of liberty.

2:1 Don’t minister the things of God with partiality or as a respecter of persons. The only "us and them" in the Church is us, the Church, verses them, the world.

2:2-4 We have become judges with evil thoughts when we make a value judgement on a man based upon the external signs of wealth or status.

2:5 If God has chosen and honored the poor man, who are we not to?

2:6 It is the rich folks who oppress us.

2:7 The rich folks blaspheme the word of God.

2:8-9 If you show partiality, you commit sin. The problem is when you push one person up while you push another one down; you show honor to one, while showing dishonor to another.

2:13 Judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. All that judgment knows is harshness. Mercy deflects the blow of judgment (partially or completely). Be quick to show mercy in your life because God likes it when we imitate Him. However, mercy has no place in correction (like when you are correcting your children). Judgement is what you fall into when you fail to receive correction.

If God runs out of judgment before you run out of mercy, you’re off the hook. When you put the two together, mercy will rise to the top.

2:17 Faith by itself is dead. It will produce no works. Faith and works coalesce together to bring the desired outcome. Faith comes first. Works alone will not help you, nor do they produce faith. Faith is evidenced by works. If we truly have faith, it will be evidenced by what we do. If we are having faith that the Word of God is true about healing, we can call for the elders of the Church to lay hands on us. Dead works without faith will not produce anything.

2:15-16 If someone is naked and destitute because of their rebellion against the Word of God, you shouldn’t help them. If you do, you are working contrary to the Word of God. You must judge the matter before you help others with their needs. If a man won’t work, neither shall he eat. We are not showing faith if we have a knee jerk reaction to someone we see with lack. There is no reason to be naked and destitute in this country. That is why we must judge each matter before we open our arms to help. You must be ready in season and out of season to do good, but you judge the matter before acting.

In America, anyone who is beat down is in that condition because they want to be. Unlike any other country on the earth, America has provided an opportunity for you to excel. In this country, if you are poor and beat down it is as a consequence of rebellion.

2:19-20 Just believing will not separate you from the demons. If all you do is believe, it won’t do you any good. What you believe must be quickened by corresponding works. Without the works, faith is dead. Works alone cannot produce faith, but faith that is not accompanied by works is dead.

2:21 Where was Abraham’s faith in evidence here? God had promised that they would have a child. Ten years later, he came, and then God told him to stick a knife in him. He was willing to do this deed because he believed God that (Genesis 15:5) his descendents would be as numerous as the stars of the sky and that his son would be his heir. Abram believed in the Lord, and God accounted it to him for righteousness. So when God commanded Abraham to take his son Isaac (through one formed from my body he will bless...), Abraham trusted God. It was this work that took action to his faith. Isaac was the son of promise as stated in Galatians 4:21-27. What happened with Hagar was not an act of faith, but an act of impatience. It was ten years between the time of the promise and the birth of Isaac. Every aspect of faith has a corresponding work to it.

2:24 A man is justified by works and not faith alone.

2:25 Although Rahab was a harlot, she was declared righteous because of her faith.

2:26 Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

You have to have faith and works, but you need faith first of all. Add the works, and you will see the promises of God come to pass.

3:1 Those who become teachers shall receive a stricter judgement. Notice that brethren can be judged according to a less strict judgement than those of the teacher. All of us who are brethren will face judgement. There is no avoiding judgment. The purpose of salvation is to escape the consequences of judgment.

Men set their heart on service to the Lord because that desire has been in mankind from the foundation of the world. However, Men of God awaken to what God has planted in them from the beginning. Men of God answer the call that was given to them. The fruit of the calling will be there in their lives. If you presume to be called, but God has not called you and equipped you, you will be operating on your own strengths. You will come under the judgment of the office, but you will not be equipped to perform the office. If you have the calling to the five-fold ministry on your life and you don’t answer the call, will be judged for it. You have to be "right on" when it comes to the ministry. Any real man of God knows that you cannot appoint a pastor. No one can appoint a Man of God to an office; the one who does this is God (this is not speaking about deacons within the church). The moment you put the title of pastor upon yourself, you make yourself accountable to that title.

Not only is the teacher held to a high accountability, but the people who sit under the teacher, who are appraised of the truth of the Word, are also held accountable to the things that they are taught.

Members of the fivefold ministry have different administrations and thus, operate under different aspects of authority. A true Man of God who is a Pastor or Teacher should never let anyone stand over him in authority except the Lord Jesus. He dishonors the Lord Jesus if he allows someone to be over him because his head is the Great Shepherd Himself. To whom much is given, much the more is required. This is true within the fivefold ministry. Prophets and Evangelists are not in authority within the Body of Christ because they are not Shepherds. Pastors and Teachers are Shepherds, and it is their job to lead and guide the people. Prophets are there to exhort the Church, and his place is in the Church, operating under the leadership of the Pastor. The Evangelist should NOT be in the Church; he should be in the world so that he is not preaching to the choir. It is the job of the evangelist to preach the gospel with signs and wonders following. The Pastor’s job is to shepherd the flock. He first lives the Word of God that he is teaching and then requires those he has authority over to do the same. The teacher’s job is to unveil the secrets of God to you. The authority of the teacher comes from the Word that he is ministering. It is not given to women to become pastors or teachers. Women can be prophetesses only. A man can be a teacher and pastor, which is the most efficient way to minister. Knowledge puffs up; therefore, it is not good for many to become teachers. There are very few men who can be trusted with the Teaching Anointing.

3:2 The way to keep from stumbling is to keep from stumbling in word. You do this by saying things contrary to the Word of God. Every misstep you make is done with words; every error has a connection to words. If you are able to bridle your tongue, you can bridle your whole body.

The words formed by the tongue will defile you. Your tongue will always want to say evil – it cannot be tamed. You must exercise your will over your tongue, which is of your soul realm. Your tongue is of your flesh, and you must control it and make it side in with the Spirit.

3:13 If you are wise and understanding, it will show out in your life.

3:14-16  Envy is painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another, with the desire to possess the same advantage. The person who is envious would rather see himself with the thing rather than you. Envy says, "I should have that instead of you." Covetousness grows from envy, and envy is the strength of covetousness. The seed that gives rise to envy is self-seeking. The person says that they want to live their life for them only. The envy comes when you see others who have attained what your self-seeking desires. If the envy isn’t there, you won’t have any reason to covet.

3:16 Where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

3:17 Wisdom from above is to bring peace, not war. It is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield.

3:18 The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

4:1-3 If you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart. A heart that is delighted in the Lord will not ask for something amiss. The desires of the flesh are self-seeking.

Being hospitable is making people feel welcome in your midst. When you are content, you don’t judge your value with what you have, but in whom you are in the Lord.

This letter is written to the Church – wars and fights shouldn’t be among the Church, of all people.

4:4 If you want to be a friend of the world, you have to be the enemy of God. Who would you rather have as a friend - God or the world? If you choose poorly, you will be God’s enemy. You become a friend of the world when you will do things for it which are contrary to the Word of God. You shouldn’t lie for your company, your job. If your boss wants you to tell someone that they aren’t there, don’t do it. Find a truthful way of letting them know that your boss is unavailable to take their call.

4:5 The spirit yearns for our fellowship and loyalty.

4:6 God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. What causes God to become our enemy is pride.

4:7 Submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. The devil will run from you when you resist him and submit to God. Terror is what will make someone flee; it abandons all hope. On the other hand, fear remains mindful of the possibility of deliverance. Fleeing is what you do when you are terrified. A strategic retreat is what you do when you are fearful. The reason the devil flees from us is because he is terrified of us when we submit to God and resist him. When we resist the devil, we do this by being obedient to the Word. The devil tries to get us to be disobedient to the Word. When you are being obedient to God, you are walking in the Spirit. DID YOU KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO HAVE A DEVIL FREE LIFE? HE CAN HAVE NO OPPORTUNITY TO INTERFERE WITH YOU AND JACK UP YOUR LIFE! The thing we have to resist about the devil is his desire to seduce us from the things of God. You don’t want the devil to have any place in you because he will make his abode there and destroy you. When we are in submission to the Word of God, it terrifies him. If only one of us witnesses remains faithful to God, we will ruin him at his upcoming trial. The choice of light and dark is ours to make.

4:8 Cleanse your hearts, you sinners means that there are those in the Church, but not of the Church. Ninety percent of having fellowship with God is done by being obedient to His Word. Nothing that you do means a thing if you are not obedient to His Word. No matter how you sing or say hallelujah, it doesn’t matter one bit if you are not living the Word.

4:9 If you are laughing and have joy in the face of rebellion against God, you are blinded. If you hide behind the smokescreen of false joy and false laughter, you will die in your sins. Have godly sorrow and get your hearts right with God.

4:11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. Speaking evil of someone is conversation that is designed to harm or is not profitable. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Brethren should not openly speak against one another because this is wrong. We are not to judge a brother to determine if they are saved or not. We make a distinction if a brother is sinning, but we abide by certain rules.

4:13-16 If we don’t acknowledge God in all of our ways, we have become boastful, and this is evil. Maintain an attitude of always acknowledging God in all of your ways. If we are walking by faith, we are making him a party to our plans and purposes.

4:17 To everyone who knows to do good, we are bound to do the good that we know to do. From the day of Pentecost until Jesus’ return, grace judges us. It does this by how much we use it. Your sin will consume your allotment of grace, and nothing will mitigate it.

Side Journey: There was a role for sacrifice to show allegiance, but it was not demanded from Adam to Moses although, it was accepted by God. It was the only thing that we had to offer back then. Those who sacrificed to the invisible God did so by faith. We read in Hebrews 10:5 that God did not desire sacrifices, but He did accept them. God put up with the sacrifices because he saw them as a foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice of the Lord Jesus.

The flesh is the only part of us that remains that can put enmity between us and God, so we must still offer sacrifice, by crucifying our flesh, so that it cannot fulfill it’s evil desires. The sin of those who lived from Adam to Moses did not result in an irrevocable trip to the Lake of Fire (they had opportunity to repent when Jesus came and preached to them in Hell).

The fact that Job was offering sacrifices meant that mankind must have been aware of the power of blood to atone for sin.

5:1-6 Everyone is empty and hollow without the Lord. The rich person’s wealth is fleeting. The Lord is displeased with the rich because they defraud the laborers. God has a problem with the rich being disobedient to the Word of God, not with them being rich. These scriptures talk about how the people were rich, but they defrauded their workers for profit. They have heaped up treasure in the last days, but not for themselves. The children of God will reap where others have sown. It is not good to live in pleasure and luxury on the backs of others. God doesn’t have a problem with you having riches, but with riches having you. Riches have you if you are willing to defraud others to get it.

People who don’t need money, don’t labor. If you are laboring, it is because you need the money.

5:7 Be patient, those of you who are the laborers now, because the time is coming when you will reap.

Patience is contentful waiting. Be content while you are waiting.

We are commanded to be patient until the coming of the Lord. In the Church, we have the early rain (the first Church) and the latter rain (the mighty Church at the end of the Age).

5:9 Don’t speak evil of one another or complain against one another.

5:10 The prophets were despised and spoken evil of because of the Lord.

If we are faithful, we will receive the intended outcome of the Lord.

5:12 Above all, do not swear by heaven or earth or any other thing. Let your yes be yes, and your no be no, lest you fall into judgement. When you swear, you are bringing God in to bear witness of what you are declaring. If you say yes, honor it. If you say no, honor it.

When they make you swear to an oath in court, it is because they don’t trust you without some type of repercussion. It is a violation of these scriptures to swear.

5:13 Is anyone among you suffering…

5:14 If you are sick, call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. This applies to any believers – young or old, etc.

5:15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.

If you are sick, you call for the elders, they pray the prayer of faith over you, then the prayer of faith will raise you up.

You can be as free from sickness and disease as you choose to be. Most of the time, people accept sickness and disease because they think it is the natural way of things. But in Christ Jesus, you are not natural anymore. Many times, we just roll over and accept colds, but we don’t have to. Jesus took all of our sicknesses and all of our infirmities. Sickness and disease is a result of sin (not colds and flues) - like cancer, etc.

Whenever Jesus healed people, He told them, "Your sins are forgiven."

There is a clear-cut Biblical connection between sin and sickness in the body. Under the Old Covenant, God said that He would take sickness and disease out of our midst. So, if it comes to us, we must have opened a door to let it back in.

Medicine has forestalled generational curses so that now you can live longer and pass on your cursed genes to the next generation.

5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another. Don’t misuse one another, and if you do, confess your trespasses to another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.

An effective prayer is one prayed in accordance with the will of God, based upon the Word. It must be a fervent prayer, prayed like you mean it. And you have to be a righteous man (or woman) – having right standing with God. When God looks at you, He should smile, not frown. These prayers will accomplish much.

5:19-20 Do we hold fast to the Truth? If you wander from the Truth, you never had it in the first place. The only believers that count are the ones that endure, that hold fast to the end. Those who wander from the Truth never escaped the path of sin in the first place. I John 2:18-19 says they went out from us, but they were not of us. If you have received the knowledge of the Truth, and still hold onto it when you die, you are saved. If you don’t have it when you die, you never had it to begin with.

How do you save a sinner from the error of their ways? You hold them accountable for their error. People will be held accountable for their error in the end. It is better to account for it now rather than then. We do this by siding in with the Word of God regarding error.

The only time you fall into condemnation from the Lord is when you refuse to hear the witness of your own conscience. If your conscience doesn’t convict you, neither does the Lord.

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