Megachurch pastor Matt Chandler preached recently at his Texas church that showing favoritism to the wealthy while neglecting the poor is a sin.
"We hear about partiality, we hear about favoritism, and the unregenerate heart says, 'I didn't kill nobody. I didn't commit adultery. I didn't break any major law.'
“And James' point is, so what if you didn't murder or commit adultery, if you are showing impartiality, you have broken the law,” Chandler said to The Village Church. "You discriminate; you broke the law. [If] you are a racist, accidentally or not, you have broken the law. If you avoid the poor, you have broken the royal law of love. You have sinned against God."
The Christian Post reports Chandler was preaching on the first chapter of James and told listeners that Christians are required to act on what God demands.
"[It's a notion that] Jesus doesn't demand, he just suggests. It's justification, my faith alone, grace alone and he just suggests stuff. You cannot outpreach or over preach 'my faith alone and grace alone,' however King Jesus makes demands.
“This is a summary of those demands," Chandler said. "Those demands being, to love your neighbor, specifically those who are most poor and vulnerable as yourselves, and to love the Lord your God with your heart, mind and soul over and above by which you love the world."
Watch the rest of Chandler’s sermon here.
Publication date: March 12, 2015
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.