I’m hoping to preach on the sin of partiality tomorrow evening from James 2.1-7.
In preparing, yesterday morning, I was really surprised to discover that one of the chief reasons or motivations for the prohibition of prejudice is the doctrine of election!
“Listen my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith & heirs of the Kingdom, which God has promised to those who love him?”
It actually makes me wonder why we, in particular, as died-in-the-wool Calvinists, fall into the trap of ‘Presbyterian Partiality’ (apologies in advance to other readers)? There are strong reasons why ‘The Reformed’ (for want of a better term), of all people, should be less vulnerable or prone to this sin.
We ought to have a strong doctrine of scripture. Yet exegesis of the text forbids partiality in church, James 2.1, which in comparison to Saviour is an inglorious sin:
“My brothers, show no partiality as you hold faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory.”
The definition of Thayer helps us get a better handle on the problem of partiality which is:
“…the fault of one who when called on to requite or to give judgment has respect to the outward […]