For what reasons would people pay close attention to what James said in a letter?

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In the bible, why did they pay close attention to him?

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  • I love the book of James! This is of course written by Jesus brother!

    Look what Jesus says about his home life! Matthew 13:57….

    But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”

    Now read what James says about the power of the tongue, and imagine why he has such an emphasis on speach.

    Some think it’s a book all about “works”; but it’s one that stresses the need to have our faith displayed and showing evidence through our works. I’ve been in churches that hide inside their 4 walls, and I’ve been in churches that live out their faith through touching the world outsided the 4 walls. I prefer the latter any time, any place!


  • The Church knew that James’ letter was inspired and placed it in the canon, with every other letter God inspired to make up the Bible as we know it.

    The whole Bible is FOR the Church but a lot of it is not written TO the Church, unless you still sacrifice beasts on alters.

    You must Rightly Divide the Word of God.

    The book of James is not Church doctrine. We use it, but not for doctrinal purposes. Take this verse as an example.

    James 2:24 ‘Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.’ Is this true for the Church?

    Paul is the apostle to the Church. Romans to Philemon IS Church Doctrine. Compare this verse with the one from James.

    Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

    To find out who James letter is addressed to, just read the first verse.

    James 1:1 ‘James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.’

    It is directed to THE TWELVE TRIBES. Not the Church.

    Are you reading somebody else’s mail and doctrinally applying it to yourself? James will be doctrinally applicable during the Tribulation when Justification will require works along with faith.

    Source(s): God’s words, the King James Bible.
    and ‘One Book Rightly Divided’. Dr Douglas D. Stauffer.
  • The Epistle of St. James (Not the Brother of Jesus) is a Sun worshiping treatise with the first and last sentences clearly interpolated.

    “All good things come down from the father of lights” (Sun)

    This line has been repeated numerous times in sun worshiping religions throughout history.

    “Faith without Works is dead” Another Sun worshiping admonition for people to do good things in the name of the Sun….again, age old, much older than Christianity.

  • To, River Euphrates · 8 年前: Air exists and you cant see it, yet you know its there, First to not believe, you need proof that its didnt (doesnt exist). Secondly, do you really think that the ancient sea scrolls just popped into being!? they have found evidence , and it is true, so either you are really ignorant, or just plain stupid, because if you dont have faith and believe in Jesus Christ, and that he died on the cross for YOUR sins and every one else s,

    then you dont have a chance when this world ends! I feel very sorry for you, and will be praying for you, wouldnt you really believe when the day comes and you see him and its too late? and you burn for eternity, God have mercy on your soul!

  • Who knows if ‘James’ wrote it?

    (assuming he even existed)

    There is no evidence outside of the bible to support the existence of any of the characters in it.

    If a man named ‘Jesus’ existed, he was most likely just a nice guy who got nailed to a tree for telling people to love each other.

    ‘God’ is possible – just not probable.

  • Like Hebrews, the book of James is another epistle that is not addressed to Gentile believers in the Church Age. James 1:1 says, “to the twelve tribes scattered abroad” clearly stating this book is also written to Hebrews. As with the other Jewish passages, there is much one can learn in James, but he must remember doctrinally it is Jewish. This explains why in chapter 2 works are connected with saving faith. The last 13 verses of chapter 2 have been used by people for centuries to “prove” works are required before one can become a true Christian, and many genuine Christians also use the same passage to prove one must work to remain a Christian. What is interesting is the verses seem to support them, “though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?” (vs. 14); “that faith without works is dead” (vs. 20); “ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only” (vs. 24); etc. But do these verses apply to Christians in the Church Age? They doctrinally apply to Hebrews with full application during the Tribulation.

    Needless to say, there is no contradiction between the theology of James and Paul even though it may appear so to those who refuse to study. Paul says no less than five times that works are in no way connected with a person receiving salvation (Rom. 3:20, 4:5; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-9; Tit. 3:5; etc.) and James says in his book they are. The difference is in the dispensations. See how important it is to understand who wrote a book, who it is written to, and who it applies to when studying the Bible? Without constantly keeping these essentials in mind sound doctrine will bypass you. If Hebrews and James do fully apply to believers in the Church Age then the Bible would contradict! But the Holy Spirit has removed all contradiction and much exegetical difficulty by showing us these books apply to Jews and for the most part in another dispensation. Like Hebrews, James was likely written early in the book of Acts before the Church Age doctrines were fully revealed and understood. It may have been written by the original apostle James before he was murdered in Acts 12. This would easily explain its Jewish message from an historical standpoint.

    When the rapture occurs and Christ takes His Church into Heaven with Him, things will never be the same on earth again. When all those in Christ are raised up to meet their Savior in the air, a whole dispensational system will go up with them. Eternal salvation as we know it today (by grace through faith apart from works) will no longer be valid because the Holy Spirit will no longer regenerate and seal those who become saved after the “trump” (1 Thes. 4:16). Believers in the future will not have a new nature, be placed in Christ, or have Christ permanently indwelling them. Simply put, the means of salvation as we know it today will no longer exist. The difference in the dispensations will make it impossible for a believer to be born again, placed into Christ’s Body, or keep eternal life by faith alone. Salvation will be very similar to the way it was in the Old Testament.

    One reading of the book of Revelation with all the catastrophes, judgments, and sorrows found in it should awaken any believing reader to the shear horror many will endure during this Great Tribulation period. During this seven year period faith alone will not be enough to permanently secure ones eternal salvation. Faith will likely be the means of the believer initially being saved, but his faith must motivate the proper works for him to keep his salvation, and he must be faithful in keeping them to “endure to the end.” Remember how James said, “Faith without works is dead,” and one shows his faith by working? In the Tribulation one must show his faith and work to overcome evil and clinging to good or else he won’t make it through saved (Rev. 3:5). There are around 200 verses in the New Testament that indicate someone can lose his salvation—they must fit somewhere—and the Tribulation is the place. Remember Matthew chapters 24 and 25, and Hebrews chapters 3, 6, and 10? The Tribulation is where they all doctrinally apply: the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (not the Church’s trouble). Again, someone in the Bible can lose his salvation, but it is not a born again Christian.

  • why do they pay close attention to what anyone int he bible says ( becuase it’s the word of God and not just some mans writings )

    This tells you how to become a Christian, and how to go to Heaven

    John 9:31

    Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.


    Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God .

    Acts 2:36-38

    36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

    37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

    38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost

  • His letter was recognised as genuine and authentic. Seems a good enough reason to pay attention. Besides, it makes good sense.

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  • Someone told them that you were supposed to pay close attention to disciples? I know, it’s pretty thin, but lets face it. People were NOT what you’d call “critical thinkers” back then.

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