Money & Power | James 5:1-6

Series: James

October 18, 2020
Pastor Joshua Lim

With prophetic fury, James condemns "the rich" (the wicked wealthy) because they have trusted in money and power to save them, they have used money and power to take advantage of others, and they have lived selfishly with their money and power. In the face of such injustice, God promises to bring final judgment. As Christians who live entirely by grace, we are to instead be good stewards of the money and power that have been entrusted to us.

Episode Notes

  • #firstworldproblems
  • James 5:1
  • Wrong Use #1: Trusting money and power to save you
  • James 5:2-3
  • Matthew 6:19-20
  • Matthew 6:24
  • Wrong Use #2: Using money and power to take advantage of others
  • James 5:4
  • James 5:6
  • Wrong Use #3: Living selfishly with money and power
  • James 5:5
  • “We’re often told that our culture doesn’t want an angry God of judgment…But I don’t entirely buy that view. Not when I think of our rage. Not when I think of our righteous anger at injustice. In a world crooked and ruined with rebellion, I think deep down we all know we need a God who ‘feels indignation every day’ (Psalm 7:11). We know it would be a greater tragedy if God never visited for these things. We would be terrified to discover he was an unrighteous judge who never condemned, never punished, never dealt with the crimes of the world – which is no judge at all.” (Derek Rishmawy)

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