Sunday, September 22, 2019 @ 10:30 am

Sunday, Sep. 22, 2019 @ 10:30 am

When he was a student, the famous Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, considered becoming a Christian. He read the Gospels and was moved by them. It seemed to him that Christianity offered a solution to the caste system that plagued the people of India.

One Sunday, he went to a local church. He had decided to ask the pastor how he could be saved.  However, when he entered the church, which consisted of white people, the ushers refused to give him a seat. They told him to go and worship with his own people. He left and never went back.  Gandhi thought, “If Christians have caste differences also, I might as well remain a Hindu” (from “Our Daily Bread,” [Feb. 1979]).

That tragic story illustrates the sin of partiality that James writes and warns against in James 2:1-13, as he teaches that there is no place for partiality, especially in the church.  His focus is on the sin of showing favoritism to the rich and despising the poor, but the principle applies to all types of prejudice, whether it is based on economic status, race, etc. To favor some people and to disregard others based on outward factors is a terrible sin that plagued the early church in James’ day, and in our day as well.  It has plagued the church in every generation, because it stems from pride, which has its foundation in our fallen hearts.

Other Sermons in this Series

Prone to Wander

January 5, 2020

Praying for the Sick

December 15, 2019

When Life Happens, Pray!

December 8, 2019

Be Patient. He Is Coming!

November 24, 2019

Money Matters

November 17, 2019

Life Is Really Short

November 10, 2019

Who Elected You Judge?

November 3, 2019

A Case for Humility

October 27, 2019

The Pursuit of Pleasure

October 20, 2019

Where Real Wisdom Comes From

October 13, 2019

The Meanest Member of the Body

October 6, 2019

Real Faith Works

September 29, 2019

No Place for Partiality

September 22, 2019


September 15, 2019

God Is Good. All the Time.

September 8, 2019

Conquering Temptation

September 1, 2019

Your Perspective From Your Position

June 23, 2019