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A querist asks, “In James 3:1-2, the statement is made that not many members of the church should strive to become teachers. Is James really advocating that being a teacher is a bad idea?”

The text of James 3:1-2 states:

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

At first glance, this statement that the Lord’s brother makes seems contradictory to many other New Testament passages that encourage us all to instruct one another (cf. Romans 15:14; Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 2:1-8; Hebrews 5:12).

However, we can easily understand James’ point if we view his remark in context.

See here.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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