The book of James


So, I did a search for “consume” and “lusts” (thinking of D&C 46’s “that ask and not for a sign that they may consume it upon their lusts”). It turns out it only shows up there, in Moroni 9, and James 4. 

(I’ll look at Moroni 9 in a different post.)

This morning I read all the way through the book of James, using the NRSV first to help me get my bearings. Reading it all together, I realized how much of it is centered around the people’s hypocritical treatment of the poor! It really came out clearly (for me) when I read it in the NRSV language. The famous scripture of “faith without works” comes in a big section about taking care of the poor. That seems to be the context for much of what James is talking about.

That strikes me as potentially important, in connecting this with D&C 42.

Interestingly, James says in the middle, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” Since I’m looking at teaching with gifts of the spirit, which are not to be asked to consume upon lusts, this was an interesting thing to find!

For now, these all remain lose connections that are simply “interesting.” I’ll keep them in mind to see if, by doing further reading and thinking, they become something of major consequences.

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