†GOD IS NOT A RESPECTER OF PERSONS
If there is one personality trait that is very destructive, it is prejudice.†† When you are through reading, understanding, and then finally applying this teaching, it will be IMPOSSIBLE for you to be prejudice towards anyone ever again -- IF you apply what you have learned.†
Philippians 4: 13 -- I can do all things through Christ which [who] strengtheneth me.†
The literal translation of this verse according to usage is:
ďI am ready for everything and equal to anything through Jesus Christ who infuses inner strength into me.Ē
James 2: 1 -- My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord† of glory, with respect of persons.
James 2: 2 -- For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
James 2: 3 -- And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
James 2: 4 -- Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Clearly, God is NOT a respecter of persons.† He is a respecter of conditions.
The following is a quote almost word for word from my research materials:
Acts 17: 26 -- And [God] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
If all men come from the same blood, our soul life being derived from one common source (Adam), why are there so many physical variations among people?† For example, why are some people white, some yellow, some black and some red?† How can we account for this?† To understand these physical variations, we must have a knowledge of genes and chromosomes and dominant and recessive characteristics. Mendel's Law explains the process of dominant and recessive characteristics in plants and animals.† Breeding controls or determines the variations within species.
In the beginning of man, the gene which determined the color of the skin carried both the dark and light characteristics.† After generations of darker-skinned people marrying darker-skinned people and fairer-skinned people marrying fairer-skinned people, eventually strains ended with darker darks and lighter lights than originally existed, all due to natural selection and dominant characteristics.† Thus came about the different colors and the different races of men that dwell upon the face of the earth today.† It does not contradict any of God's Word and it does not contradict the science of genetics.
Now how can it be possible for you to be prejudice towards anyone again if you understand this simple, but powerful principle stated clearly in Acts 17: 26?† It is not possible.
The Word of God states emphatically that God made all nations of men of one blood.† This verse in Acts literally changed my life and set me free in an area that is still somewhat devastating today for many people.† Many people still carry around prejudices about others as a way of life.† If you are biased or favor any one group or sect of people over another, you cannot be in fellowship with the God and Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.† So none of your prayers will be answered and you will live a miserable life always having that hostility in your mind.† Prejudice is truly a very deceptive and destructive trick of your personal adversary.† I have said it many times and I will say it again:† If you think you cannot be tricked, you already have been.
All people have free will whether to believe what Godís Word says or not to believe it.† Why would a person choose to be prejudice? †It makes no sense.† We are all people.† What difference does it make if the tone of a personís skin is a different shade than yours?† Letís grow up.† We call ourselves Christians and try to justify being prejudice.† As we know from history, dislike of this sort can cause very serious problems and all due to a lack of knowledge of Godís perfect Word.† I am not teaching hellfire and brimstone here.† I am simply stating truth and facts.† If you want to argue about it, argue with God.† I did not write the Bible.
II Timothy 2: 15 -- Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.† [emphasis added]
I can never stress enough the importance of STUDYING GODíS WORD.
This may be the shortest teaching I have ever prepared, but there is no point in stating the same thing over and over again.† God does not like repetitious prayer and I am sure that a† repetitive teaching would fall in the same category.
Matthew 6: 6, 7 Ė But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.† But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do:† for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.