11 Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?
Someone who “speaks against a brother” is doing something far more serious than may appear on the surface. James says that he is actually setting himself up (in his mind) higher than God as the law-setter and judge of what is right and wrong. He then uses the standard he has created as the basis for passing judgment on others for not matching up to his standard. This is exactly how a scoffer (aka narcissist) operates. Continue reading