Heritage Bible Radio is a Ministry of Heritage Bible Church where Jim Harris is the teaching pastor. You can join Jim each weekday at 4 am, 8:30 am, and on Sunday at 7:15 am. Every day Jim works to devote his radio time to some portion of the Word of God so you can know God and serve him better.
This week on Heritage Bible Radio, we begin the 5th chapter of the book of James. It was Jesus himself who warned that a person cannot serve two masters without favoring one and that, more specifically, it is impossible to serve both God and money, or as some translations keep it, mammon. Now money in and of itself isn’t an evil thing, in fact, God chooses to bless some in this area more than others, and wealth throughout scripture is often spoken of as a blessing from God. So then, how do we understand the danger of earthly riches? When does wealth stop being a blessing and instead become worldliness that competes for our attention and ultimately opposes God? That is the content of our passage today, as this week Pastor Jim Harris begins teaching through this final chapter of the book of James.
Section Text (NIV)
1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.