There is a tendency sometimes for people to want to share their knowledge with those who are younger or who aren’t as knowledgeable. While this is a worthy endeavor, James warns teachers here that they have a great load of responsibility placed on their shoulders when they take upon themselves the spiritual well being of another. When one is teaching Biblical truths, he or she has a high responsibility to make sure that those truths are taught in an accurate way and that he is truthful in his representation of Scripture. The fact is, there are a lot of teachers of the Bible who arrogantly teach things inaccurately. Those who teach will be held to a high level of accountability when the final judgment comes. If you want to teach, that is a noble desire. Make sure, however, that in your teaching and in your life, you are truly representing God’s Word.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.