July 5, 2020

Why Does God Judge Teachers Harsher Than Everyone Else? | James 3:1

Why Does God Judge Teachers Harsher Than Everyone Else? | James 3:1

Why would God judge His teachers harsher than everyone else? 

James 3:1 says in the NIV, “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”

In 2 minutes, you will discover:

  • The Jewish child's childhood
  • How false teachers manipulated the 1st Century Church
  • Why God judges teachers harsher 

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Transcript

JULIE 0:05

Hey, welcome to the Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. Last week, we learned in James Chapter 2 that our faith will be evident by the fruit in our lives. This week we continue that same theme but now our faith will be evident by the words we speak. 

James 3:1 says in the NIV, “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”

So, why would James write this? Well, if you remember, this letter is written to the very first Jews who became Christians in the first century. So, if we could take a sneak peek into their lives before Christ, their Rabbis, also known as teachers, were extremely valued and honored by their community. In fact, they were seen as more important in a child’s life than their own parents. There was a common saying that if a man’s parents and a man’s Rabbi were held for ransom, the Rabbi must be saved first. 

So, when the Christian church was created, many people desired to be teachers, not because they were naturally gifted at it or they felt called by God to do it, but rather because of the prestige that they remembered came with it.

But, throughout the New Testament, we read about many false teachers who began appearing in the early Christian church. Some of these teachers tried to manipulate Christians into following certain laws of Judaism.

Some were trying to teach while they were still immature in their own faith, and still others who taught only what they thought their listeners wanted to hear.  Many early church teachers were leading new converts astray by their words. And the fact is, 

So, James is not saying that nobody should become a teacher. The teaching gift is a specific gift given to individuals by God that is very needed in the Church. The simple truth James is saying in this verse is that if you are a teacher, you will face a stricter judgment for what you say because your words have incredible power to build up but also to tear down large amounts of people. And that’s The Simple Truth. 

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