A Dissection of Dead Faith (James 2:14-26)Pastor Justin Pratt, August 16, 2015
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
There seems to be some confusion about whether we are saved by faith or saved by works. You will find Christians who are adamantly entrenched in one of these camps and will argue their position passionately. And there is some confusion on the topic, because James says one thing, while Romans says another. Are these contradictory statements, or is there more to these descriptions of Abraham's justification?
This morning Pastor Justin walks us through these two statements in a Dissection of Dead Faith. The bottom line is that we are saved by faith, to do good works, but not by good works. Genuine, born-again salvation will produce fruit; it is a sign of the saved. But we are not saved by these fruits.
Are you a saved Christian who is producing no fruit? Then you might want to check your heart to see if you are truly saved, or if you have dead faith.
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14What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (KJV)