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The Tongue is a Fire: Sins of the Tongue in the Letter of James


• What are the sins of the tongue according to St. James?
• Are they as deadly as other mortal sins?
• In what ways should a Christian's speech reflect Christ?

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• What are the sins of the tongue according to St. James?
• Are they as deadly as other mortal sins?
• In what ways should a Christian's speech reflect Christ?

    • 57 minutes (1 CD / MP3)

      Christians everywhere agree: sin is a problem. Untold damage is done to human society by the plague of murder, violence, abortion, euthanasia, sexual immorality, pornography, theft, extortion, corruption -- to name just a few.

      But what about those other sins -- the ones that people everywhere, including some Christians, don't seem to take too seriously? What about the sins of the tongue? Why does the letter of James say that "the tongue is a fire," a "restless evil, full of deadly poison" and "set on fire by hell" (James 3:6-7)? How can we avoid sinning with our lips?

      In this Bible study, Dr. Brant Pitre focuses our attention on what the letter of James has to teach about the often-overlooked sins of the tongue. In it, he covers:

      • What are the sins of the tongue? Sure, lying is a sin. But what about slander? Coarse jokes? Swearing? False witness?

      • Why does James say that the tongue is so powerful that "not many" Christians should become teachers?

      • What exactly is a "lie"? How does lying "do violence" to another person?

      • Why does James refer to the tongue as "a world of evil"? Is it really that bad?

      • Why does the Catechism teach that even rash judgment, detraction, and calumny are sins?

      • How does James say believers should speak? What kind of words should come out of our mouths?

      If you've ever struggled with sins of the tongue -- and who hasn't? -- then you need to hear this powerful and important presentation. For too long many Christians have treated sins of the tongue as if they weren't a big deal. And if you've ever wanted to know what Scripture teaches about what kind of speech should come out of the mouth of a disciple of Jesus, then this is the Bible study for you.

       

       

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The tongue is a fire

Awesome...helping me through awareness

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The Tongue Is a Fire

Had to go to confession.

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Saintly Material

Excellent talk on how words are very important and how we use our gift of speech to glorify God, or we can abuse our gift of speech. Good material for your examination of conscience. Thank CP!

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W.E.
James may be needed more today than ever

This is an excellent talk on James (Chapter 3) from a conference Dr. Pitre spoke at. I liked how he used Chapter 3 of James as an examination of conscience. The talk is inciteful and practical. Dr. Pitre talks about the sanctity of speech and points out several times how manners and behaviors must be learned and developed at home and then become a visible witness in our communities. "To the extent that you can control your tongue, you can control the rest of your body."

As I listened, I couldn't help thinking that this reflection on the 'tongue is a fire' is more relevant now than ever as too many people participate in vain (as in futile) debates, postings and "sharings" ... the thumbs are a fire, too, now.

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The tongue is fire

Excellent review of book of James. Easy to understand De. Pitre does not avoid difficult teaching.

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Very Illuminating

I loved this talk. It gave a great introduction into the Song of Solomon, and how it is interpreted. Dr. Pitre clarified this often misunderstood text and prompted me to want to learn more about Jesus as The Bridegroom (so I am now listening to Dr. Pitre's talk "Jesus the Bridegroom"). Well worth the buy.

Very Good Biblical Study on Mary and Her Role in God's Plan

Dr. Pitre does a great job explaining biblically Mary's role and some reasons the veneration that we give her as Catholics. I knew some general concepts about this already, but his talk was very good at bringing these teachings together and expounding more fully upon these mysteries.

Excellent Explanation of the Mass as Biblical Worship

I can't tell you how many times I have used what I learned in this series when talking to both Catholics and Protestants. It is very relevant for a time when even Catholics are confused about the meaning and significance of the Mass.

Another great work by Dr. Pitre

Dr. Pitre does not disappoint in his latest look at St. Joseph, using Scripture, Church History and the Fathers to Get to the heart of who St. Joseph was. What a great resource. I can't wait for the book!