|James 2:1-9 |
1 My brothers, do not mix the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with showing partiality towards men.
2 For if one man comes to your assembly with a gold ring, in costly apparel, while a poor man comes in inferior clothing,
3 And if you show respect to the man that wears the prestigious clothing, and say to him, "Sit here in this fine place;" and say to the poor man, "Stand over there, or sit here below my footstool,"
4 Are you not then showing partiality [preferential prejudice] among yourselves, and have you not judged [that person] with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my beloved brothers: Has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
6 But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and take you to the courts of law?1
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by which you are called?
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well;
9 But if you have respect to persons [showing partiality to certain people, not treating everyone equally], you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.2
2 But if you have respect to persons [showing partiality to certain people, not treating everyone equally], you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. Any discrimination among people is sin, and that discrimination can be negatively directed or can be of a flattering nature, not limited to, but including flattering titles such as:—your majesty, your honor, master, reverend, etc.
Let me not, I pray you, show partiality to any man, neither let me give flattering titles to man. For I do not know how to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away. Job 33:21-22
Flattery is deceit. Flattery is lying. Flattery is exaggerating. Flattery is an attempt to manipulate people. The worst flattery is from the opposite sex. From the Word of the Lord within: "groups of flattering women are particularly dangerous." When was the last time you heard a preacher speak against flattery? When was the last time you heard a preacher speak against sin? Yet Paul instructed ministers thus: "Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear." 1 Tim 5:20. Paul also warned his flock with tears, night and day for three years: remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.