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From Whence Come Wars

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A Sermon on James 4:1

Warning Against Worldliness

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? (ESV)

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Does Christianity work? Many claim that Christianity is outdated and has no message for the modern world,. They argue that if man would simply use his reason, then all the wars and conflicts would end, and there would be true peace. What is wrong with this solution to suffering? In this sermon on James 4:1, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims that only the message of Christianity can bring peace, because only the message of Christianity deals with man’s most fundamental problem: sin. Man cannot save himself through reason because he places reason as king, yet is totally irrational! The best secular thinkers are unable to use their reason to live rightly; how then can all of mankind use reason to fix the world? The message of Christianity is hopeful because it calls us to forsake our own reason and to trust in Christ. Jesus died, not because men are irrational, but because men are sinners! They are irrational because all humans are born in sin, and it is this sin that blinds us all. “What does this sermon have to do with me?” someone might ask. The answer is simple. This sermon offers the only message of hope, that Jesus has died for all who believe! God is gracious and forgiving to all who seek Him and repent of their sins.

Additional Scripture Translations

James 4:1, New American Standard Bible

Things to Avoid

1What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is the source not your pleasures that wage war in your body’s parts?

James 4:1, King James Version

1From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.