“There are those who talk holiness and are hypocrites; there are those who make profession of perfect love and yet cannot live peaceably with the brethren; those who are full of pious phraseology but fail in practical philanthropy. This epistle was written for them. It may not give them much comfort but it ought to give them much profit. The mysticism that contents itself with pious frames and phrases and comes short in actual sacrifice and a devoted service will find its antidote here. The antinomianism that professes great confidence in free grace, but does not recognize the necessity for corresponding purity of life, needs to ponder the practical wisdom of the epistle. The quietists who are satisfied to sit and sing themselves away to everlasting bliss ought to read this epistle until they catch its bugle note of inspiration to present activity and continuous good deeds. All who are long on theory and short on practice ought to steep them selves in the spirit of James; and since there are such people in every community and in every age, the message of the epistle will never grow old.”
D. A. Hayes
Have you had enough of the grace, grace, and more grace talk? Are you tired of all this sloppy agape and gospel talk with never a word about responsibility or holy conduct? Are you ready for some roll up your sleeves, nose to the grindstone, good old fashioned “Get busy ‘cause Jesus is coming back and He’s not happy” religion?
Well, you better stay home this Sunday.