James half brother of Jesus leader of the church in Jerusalem his Epistle, distributed among the Jewish/Christian churches approximately 20 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus Apostle of Practice
James 1:2-8 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James 1:2-8 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
“Have nothing to do with them.” Paul – in II Timothy 3:5
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Utopian Societies Shakers founded 20 settlements Ephrata Community in PA (1732) "The Rappites" and "The Harmony Society" in Butler County, PA "Perfectionists" followers of John Humphreys Noyes (born in 1811) - Oneida, NY The Zoarites in Ohio, the Moravians of NC Followers of Wilhelm Keil, who founded colonies in Bethel, Missouri, and Aurora, OR Amana Inspirationists developed and built a network of seven villages Zion, Illinois, Pastor John Alexander Dowie
"Celebration" in central Florida
Communalism is contrary to the teaching of both Jesus (High Priestly Prayer of John 17) and Paul (I Corinthians 5:9-11).
When Paul writes, "Have nothing to do with them," he obviously doesn't mean that Christians should avoid all contact with unrighteous people.
Religion is often in the news: Pennsylvania schoolhouse massacre Congressman publicly announced he was molested by a clergyman Political leader was indicted on money-laundering charges - "Let people see Christ through me." Pastor of a Baptist Church accused of forging members' names onto church's benevolent fund checks - he could face one to 10 years in a prison if convicted.
"dipsuchos" "two" (di) and "soul" (psuchos) translated "double minded"
Other words express double-mindedness two-faced hypocrite insincere mixed motives "forked tongue"
The chief characteristic of a double minded man is instability. "a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways" (KJV)
"the blessed man" "He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away." (Psalm 1:3,4)
Jeremiah 17:5-10 Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.
If instability is the problem, what is the remedy? Believing prayer for wisdom Meditation on the word
“denying the power” Not the power to perform miracles or heal people Not the power to control people in order to get them to do religious work Not the power to enable us to work hard and prosper Rather, the power for righteous living.
It doesn't do any good to put lipstick on a pig.
"Make me over again; let the image of God in man be renewed in me. Nay, not the image only, but renew the very Spirit of God within me."