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The Peril of Playing God

By Charles R. Swindoll


James 4:11–17

In coming to an end of the fourth chapter, James dealt directly with a common problem among Christians—“playing God.” Having just exposed our tendency to be self-assertive and quarrelsome (4:1–10), he went a step further and showed a couple of the more familiar ways we assert an arrogant spirit. The first has to do with the way we often view others . . . and the second has to do with the way we often view ourselves. In the first section (4:11–12) James dealt with our tendency to take the place of God in others' lives as we judge or criticize them. In the second section (4:13–16), he dealt with our tendency to take the place of God in our own lives as we presume or boast in ourselves.

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