“I wann’a tell you that preacher is a compromiser! He denies the word of God by using other ‘perversions’ of the Bible! The only word of God is the Authorized Version – the 1611 King James Bible, Amen! All other versions are of the devil.” ~ the KJVonlyist
“I’m so glad I am free from the legalism of wearing a suit and tie to church. I see those people of the Independent Baptist church down the road all dressed up, thinking they please God or are a better Christian than I am. Their just arrogant legalists! Blind is what they are.” the Ex-Independent Fundamental Baptist
“Those Presbyterians are nothing by ‘baby baptizers’! Don’t they know baptism doesn’t save anybody?” ~ the Baptist
“Did you know Jimmy thinks it’s okay to drink a little as long as you don’t get drunk?! He’s bought into Satan’s lie. He’s a dangerous man. I wonder if he’s even saved, you know? That beer is the devil’s brew! Straight from the pit of hell!” ~ the Teetotaler
“I’ll tell you what, those people who wear their jeans and t-shirts to church… I doubt they even know God, let alone love Him. They just want a god that makes them comfortable, and found a church that gives them the kind of god they want. Ear-tickling preachers is what we have today! That makes me sick!” ~ the Independent Fundamental Baptist
“What? You don’t listen to music with drums in it?! You’re so bound up in legalism. You think you’re going to hell or something if you listen to something that’s a little upbeat? C’mon.” ~ the CCM connoisseur.
“Anybody who uses the KJV exclusively is an imbecile who doesn’t know his church history. He’s just blindly following what his preacher has told him. Any translation is better than the KJV!” ~ the anti-KJV-er.
What does God say about this kind of stuff?
Do not speak against one another, brethren He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor? (James 4:11-12 NASB)
All those exhibiting the attitudes mentioned above (and these really do exist) are judging their brother. The things being condemned aren’t sins per Scripture. they are sins per the one condemning. (There is enough sin in the world. We don’t need to be making up our own.) These “condemners” not only judge their brothers, but also judge the law by saying God’s law is not enough and proceed to judge others by a law they have chosen to set. In sitting in judgment of the law they have ceased to be doers of it and have become self-established law givers.
The question this passage asks us essentially is, “Who died and made you lawgiver?”
May God forgive us!