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Master of Disaster

March 18

 “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation."  James 3:1


"... he is warning those who would take that role by intrigue, and go forth in ego ..."






"Holding forth the Word of life ..." is the most awesome undertaking ever known to an earth man.  The one who truly understands the implications of teaching the Bible will approach the task  with exacting application.  In his second letter, the Apostle Peter suggests that it is potentially damning to err personally, "... they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction"  ... and then goes on to warn how the risk rises exponentially for the one who brazenly cultivates his err publicly "... there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the LORD that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."  Paul writes in similar fashion to the churches of Galatia regarding those who would tamper with the truth by saying: "... there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of CHRIST.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."  And in closing the Sermon on the Mount, JESUS offers this caveat: "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."  Woe be to those who espouse the doctrinal garbage of fallen man and masquerade it as the gospel of GOD is the stark message of Scripture.  In essence, they become the masters of disaster!  That is the depth of audacity; and Biblically, a hot corner of hell awaits these purveyors of perversion. 

In today's text, James is certainly not discounting teaching, nor wishing to discourage those given to that ministry: "And HE gave some,... teachers; ... Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, .... he that teacheth, on teaching;"  But he is warning those however, who would take that role by intrigue, and go forth in ego, to play fast and loose with the Word of GOD.  It is vital to reckon that on judgment day, the teacher is not only responsible for what he holds and affirms as true, but "shall receive the greater condemnation" for what he leads others to hold and affirm.

"... some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm."

For Love of Country
Benjamin Rush (1745-1813)
(Father of Public Schools)

"I have alternately been called an Aristocrat and a Democrat.  I am neither.  I am a Christocrat."

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