What kind of an impact have teachers had on your life? Teachers can cause us to stumble and be offended. A teacher failing to control his tongue can redirect the course of others' lives. Words can plant the seeds for or even delay a wonderful harvest you've been waiting for. Are you willing to give more attention to watching your mouth, while being careful how you react to the words of others? If so, you are wise and will be blessed. Let's find out more about how to receive and sow words wisely:
1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
We begin with a strong word of caution from the Apostle James. Obviously becoming "masters" or teachers of the Scriptures involves more than just making a career choice. So "many" nowadays run to Bible colleges, seminaries, and pulpits in search of a career. Others do it because maybe they have 'the gift of gab' or had some previous success as say, a used car salesman or something. Either way, becoming a teacher of God's Word is not something to take on lightly or to be in any hurry to do. For anyone who does "shall receive the greater condemnation" or stricter judgment. Bottom line, if you assume the role as a Bible teacher expect to come under greater scutiny and rightfully so.
Wouldn't it be nice if all Bible teachers heeded James' warning? Since they have not, we have every thing you can imagine being taught in the Name of Christ. Because there are "many masters", most assume just being sincere is enough. This verse completely dispells that notion. How many teachers do you know of who are legitimate, rightly dividing the Word of truth? Not many at all. How much do those who do, mean to you? More importantly, how much do you think they mean to God? It's time to recognize how much value our Father places on quality as opposed to quantity when it comes to teachers- more than we can fathom. Becoming a teacher of God's Word, one will not only be under a stricter judgment by God, but also by people. A man of God must have integrity along with 'thick skin':
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
Let's face it, people get offended and stumble at just about anything nowadays, especially if it has to do with the Bible or Christianity. Though the King James translators spun it that way, this isn't speaking of one not being offensive as being "a perfect man". What this is saying is the one who is not easily offended or made to stumble, is the man who is spiritually mature. We know Christ was perfect though He offended people all the time. Yet Christ was not easily offended as He perfectly understood the situation we are in down here. The Bible says "Jesus did not commit himself unto them" at the end of John chapter 2 in reference to those who believed in Him because of the miracles He did, how come? It goes on to say, "because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man." Though we do not have everything Christ said and did, recorded in the Gospels, it's clear He rarely got angry or upset. He was angry when He cleansed the temple those two times; once at the beginning and again at the end of His ministry. While at times He was troubled by His Disciples' lack of faith. Yet outside of those rare, justified occurences, it is nowhere recorded that anything shook or tripped Him up. At the same time however, some of us have been led to believe it is spiritual to be offended by certain things and to react in the flesh. The point is becoming "a perfect man" isn't by never offending anybody, but by not being so easily offended yourself.
The King James translation of "For in many things we offend all" is more accurately translated as "For all of us make many mistakes" or "fail often". The emphasis of the Greek here is not on one being offensive to others, but being offended ourselves and being prone to make mistakes which should make all men consider more carefully becoming a teacher of God's Word. For even the most watered-down pastors and teachers will offend someone in some way at any given time. Yet as Paul told Timothy in the qualifications for pastors and deacons who are both to be teachers, they should be "blameless" realizing a candidate for either office must live up to a much higher standard (I Timothy 3:1-10). This is in line with James' idea of not being easily offended.
Though we live in a time when it may feel good to offend others because we have been offended by others so much ourselves, it should still not be our goal or intent to just offend our brethren. This verse however is talking about us not making the mistake of being offended so easily by others. The extent of this being the essence of the meaning of "be angry and sin not".
Here we see how spiritual maturity isn't just measured by how much you know or even by how well you can express the truth, but whether you are easily offended. This of course effects how concerned you are about not intentionally offending others; how much you want to control your tongue. Let's face it, we live in a world that has been conditioned to be overly sensitive. Many people look for ways to be offended. So when we get into the realm of teaching the Scriptures which holds people's beliefs and lifestyles up against the perfect Character of God, there is greater potential, especially for those who think they know more about the Bible than most. One who truly seeks to rightly divide the Word of truth should not expect to be liked by everyone or to be popular. Yet we are to never deliberately offend people just for the sake of hurting them. We must realize when we teach the truth, people's feelings will get hurt, even if that is not your intention. Finding this balance can lead to the harvest of words we desire.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
James comes back to the subject of our use of the tongue. We go to extreme measures to try and maintain control over things in life which are far less dangerous than our tongues. An out of control "tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity" or injustice. Do not assume the power of the tongue can be measured by its comparatively small size as it has the potential to destroy not only individuals, but multitudes and nations. Can the destruction caused by the tongue throughout history be measured? Only in the mind of our Infinite Father. When our people are following those who "boasteth of great things", whole white nations' "course of nature" or existence are in danger of the "fire of hell" or Gehenna, which Christ said can destroy our "whole body" (Matthew 5:27-30).
"Behold" James says repeatedly as he emphatically illustrates the power of the tongue. Look closer at the words we express with feeling and emotion which are like a fire, releasing what we believe from deep inside our hearts. Passionate, sincere words can set ablaze a pathway we may never live down and may have to follow for a lifetime. Like riding a horse or on a ship, our tongue can take us on a dangerous ride, if it is not guided and controlled properly. In this life we suffer the outcome and consequences of what we say- a harvest of words.
This is all about control. Horses and ships are very useful to us for transportation, but they must be under control. We may still have the opportunity to replace our cruel, hateful words with obedience to His perfect Word thru repentance. The only way we can begin to put out any lingering flames of our past, mistaken words is thru doing all we can to make peace (as we will see at the conclusion of the chapter). Though we see it is most difficult, we must seek to control our tongue especially when we get emotional.
This is also about our potential. The tongue is ultimately where the heart and mind join in mutual expression, where our intellect and emotions bear fruit, good or bad. Our tongue in many ways is determining our harvests.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Without proper Bibilical teaching our people act like "every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents", immulating blacks and jews today. Our people are being taught by self-professed Bible experts to worship beasts or at least to feel inferior to them. Two Seedline Christian Identity stands alone as the only teaching which agrees with the Scriptures concerning race, commanding us to separate from God's enemies. The "deadly poison" of judaized social and political rhetoric, coupled with judeochristianity, has inoculated our people to embrace God's enemies, while denying their own identity and heritage. The white Adamic spirit which is the inner wellspring of "sweet water" is being quenched within our people, in exchange for the "bitter" swill of universalism, egalitarianism, and communism, all in the Name of Christ. WE MUST SHOW OUR PEOPLE THE DIFFERENCE THRU OUR ACTIONS AND WORDS.
Understand how critical our words can be in this sense. We can say wonderful things even speaking the Word of God, then later, we can bad-mouth and curse our brethren who were made in the "similitude" or likeness "of God". Do you see the inconsistency of how we as Christians lose control of our tongue?! We should be ashamed of ourselves how we get carried away. The only way we can control our tongue is by being guided by the Spirit of God from within. Is your speech consistent with the profession you claim is yours? Will you seek to bless your brother with your words?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
What kind of fruit do you want to bear? Once we get thru the basics of learning and being grounded in the Two Seedline doctrine, we must begin to pursue consistency which only lifestyle Christianity provides. If we claim to be Christian, others should be able to expect a certain consistency from us such as one expects figs from "the fig tree", not "olive berries". Our lives are meant to eventually be like a "fountain" producing consistent refreshment for our brethren. While the world and most churches teach our people to be compromisers and to worship beasts, the Scriptures instruct us to stop trying to be something we are not and assume our position as the sons of God.
Make up your mind once and for all what kind of fruit you want to bear therefore determining your harvest. Do you want to tear down or build up? Do you want to encourage faith or stir up fear? Do we want to inspire our fellow Israelites to be the best they can be for the glory of God, or to constantly dwell on the negative aspects of this truth we've been shown? It's totally up to you, but understand, what you give will be given right back to you.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
We know this wisdom comes from the Spirit awakened within us by the teachings of God's Word. The proof is made evident thru our conduct, actions, and results. The word for "conversation" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #391 from #390 which is to busy oneself... behave self. This verse then is a good definition of the intended Christian lifestyle to "shew out of a good conversation" or behaviour "works with meekness of wisdom." So many times we get puffed up in our knowledge, thinking we are smarter or better than other whites. Yet with "meekness of wisdom" we realize that whatever we learn belongs to every white brother or sister as we all have the Spirit of God. We must therefore busy ourselves with teaching them.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
You can't get anywhere if all you want to do is argue and fuss about everything. Those who bring about "envying and strife" are usually trying to hide or cover something up such as jealousy. Wrong or "bitter" attitudes are a result of lies we've been taught and the absence of truth in those teachings which are "not from above" is the proof they are "earthly, sensual, devilish." Recognize and no longer allow toxic emotions to overcome and control you. When we begin to speak aloud of our doubts, worries and fears, contradicting our faith and trust in God, we "lie... against the truth".
The way to overcome this is right when we begin feeling bad about something or someone, take that thought into captivity and replace it with a good thought that is in agreement with the truth, like for instance "all things work together for good to them who love God" (Romans 8:28). Even if what we are upset about is true, it is not true that it came into your life because God doesn't want what's best for you. It may have come into your life as a test, which over time could make your life better if you handle it the right way.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
This "wisdom that is from above is" of course only for those who were born from above, the children of Israel. What a summary here of all the Apostle has brought before us thus far in this incredible Epistle. He is here underlining the importance of peace within the wisdom of faith, which is a key to lifestyle Christianity. This other-worldly wisdom is unmatched by anything the countless theologians have ever been able to conjur up over the centuries. This wisdom isn't just clever or under-handed, nor does it lend toward anger and rage. Neither is it stubborn or begrudging. As we've learned, spiritual wisdom shows no favoritism between brethren, always seeking to be consistent. This wisdom comes forth from studying and applying the true teachings of the Scriptures thru faith unto righteousness.
Christian Identity isn't only just about seperating from non-whites but wanting to see our people united under Christ. This "peace" is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #1515 which is (to join); peace... prosperity... quietness, rest. Ultimately, our Father will have peace with and between all of His people. Our ministry is to do everything in our power to bring our people together thru the message of reconciliation thru Christ.
On a personal level, someone who takes the Father of Lights up on His offer of good and perfect gifts cannot help but receive this wisdom. In this context, faith unto righteousness is making peace for others and yourself on your way to the prosperity you desire. We also see "the wisdom that is from above" isn't just some selfish knowledge which puffs us up, but applies to how we treat our brethren: THE WISE, MATURE CHRISTIAN IS A PEACEMAKER.
The words "fruits" (in verse 17) and "fruit" (in verse 18) are both Strong's Exhaustive Concordance #2590 karpos from the base of #726; fruit (as plucked). Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon defines karpos as produce, returns, profits. Those who have lived by faith and have truly received and experienced the profit of righteousness, know it is best to always spread peace in others' lives. The last thing we should want to do is disrupt the life of another brother or sister who is trying their best to live by faith. We should never include others in discouraging or bad news unless it is absolutely necessary. We should want to express only what promotes and produces peace, which helps Israelites stay on course with God blessing their faith. The practical purpose of peace is to be in unity with God, while encouraging one another to continue on in our faith.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Without peace, no results of righteousness may ever be seen in our lives. In our text, this "fruit of righteousness" is "sown" which means it is made manifest to enlist further production for the good of others. It is easy to see why one of the main principles of pursuing righteouness by faith is peace. For the only way to endure in your faith is thru finding and maintaining peace of mind. In turn, you cannot but want to help others find peace as well.
This "fruit of righteousness" is the coveted prize of being a peacemaker (which Christ first introduced in the Beattitudes), the result you desire. Those who understand the deeper, spiritual aspect of spreading the Gospel of peace realize how detrimental it is to live in fear and to doubt God. It does little good to teach people about race if it leads to causing us to divide from one another as enlightened brethren. When you do not seek to maintain personal peace, you are postponing the harvest of what you have asked God for in your life. James is saying that the peace we presently make prepares the ground for our faith to be manifested in the future- "the fruit of rigteousness". IT'S NOT ENOUGH JUST TO SAY WE HAVE PEACE; WE MUST SEEK TO PRODUCE IT IN OUR BRETHRENS' LIVES AS WELL. Peace in the unknown (as you await your blessing) is what leads to your faith becoming sight.
Yahweh God's ultimate goal is the same from Genesis to Revelation and is simple to understand: That we would be His people and that He would be our God. Our focus must be on peace with God and peace between one another as white brethren as much as possible. Let us understand and never lose sight of the fact that the purpose of the Gospel is to reconcile Yahweh's people to Himself. Anything that conflicts with or supercedes that is nothing more than a carnal agenda.
Don't you think it's time to start giving more thought and attention to what comes forth from our lips? We are all reaping harvests continually, the question is, do we need to change what we've been sowing?