It is not agreeable to Christian profession to regard the rich, and to despise the poor brethren:
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 into 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 to 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? James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? James 2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment-seats? James 2:7 Do they not blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? James 2:8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well: James 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. James 2:10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. James 2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery; said also, Do not kill. Now if thou committest no adultery, yet if thou killest, thou art become a transgressor of the law. James 2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
rather we are to be loving and merciful:
James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy that hath shown no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
and not to boast of faith where no deeds are,
James 2:14 What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man sayeth he hath faith, and hath not works? can faith save him? James 2:15 If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily food, James 2:16 And one of you sayeth to them, Depart in peace, be you warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit?
which is but a dead faith,
James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. James 2:18 Also a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.
the faith of devils,
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and tremble. James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
not of Abraham,
James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? James 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. James 2:24 Ye see then that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
James 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent [them] out another way? James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.