Demographics and The Church

Copyright © 2003
by Tim Roach

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I was going to write a page about Demographics and talk about how some groups prefer only certain types of members. Be it people with money, the color of their skin or even the country the person is from, it is astonishing to me that it happens, and from groups that will tell you how dedicated they are to the bible.

I was going to write about a lot of things that would probably get many of people and groups upset. But alas James beat me to it and there is really nothing I can add to what he said. Other than that it is very important reminder, especially in this age, that we each must be very vigilant and always double check what we are being told. For so many groups these days are taking the Bible out of context, and teaching practices what are simply not in the true context of the Bible.

James chapter 2:
  1. My brothers, if you have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory, do not take a man's position into account.
  2. For if there come into your synagogue a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, and there come in also a poor man in vile clothing;
  3. and you have respect to him that wears the fine clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place; and you say to the poor man, Stand over there, or sit under my footstool;
  4. Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust thoughts?
  5. Hearken, my beloved brethren; did not God choose them that are poor as to the world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to them that love him?
  6. But ye have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you, and themselves drag you before the judgment-seats?
  7. Do not they blaspheme the honorable name by which ye are called?
  8. But if you keep the greatest law of all, as it is given in the holy Writings, Have love for your neighbour as for yourself, you do well:
  9. But if you take a man's position into account, you do evil, and are judged as evil-doers by the law.
  10. For anyone who keeps all the law, but makes a slip in one point, is judged to have gone against it all.
  11. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou dost not commit adultery, but killest, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
  12. Let your words and your acts be those of men who are to be judged by the law of liberty.
  13. For he shall have judgment without mercy that hath shown no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
  14. What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works? can that faith save him?
  15. If a brother or sister be naked and in lack of daily food,
  16. and one of you say unto them, Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; and yet ye give them not the things needful to the body; what doth it profit?
  17. Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
  18. But a man may say, You have faith and I have works; let me see your faith without your works, and I will make my faith clear to you by my works.
  19. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and tremble.
  20. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren?
  21. Was not Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar?
  22. Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect;
  23. and the scripture was fulfilled which saith, And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness; and he was called the friend of God.
  24. Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith.
  25. And in like manner was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way?
  26. For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.

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