Can dead faith save you? And to my dismay she actually said yes, dead faith can save you.
by Leonard Alt on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 2:11pm
Works faith or both?
THE QUESTION IS THIS: Can someone, through well doing (good works) receive eternal life?
ONE PERSON ANSWERED: “the quick answer is NO.” We are saved by faith alone apart from any good works done in love.
THE BIBLE SAYS: The quick answer may be no, but the Biblical answer says “YES” Works along with faith is necessary for eternal life.
"By your stubbornness and your impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself for the day of wrath and revelation for the just judgment of God, who will repay everyone according to his WORKS; eternal life to those who seek Glory, and honor, and immortality THROUGH PERSERVERENCE IN GOOD WORKS” (Rom. 2:5-7).
I can believe “faith alone” apart from works of love which is not in the Bible. Or, I can believe the Bible that says PERESERVENCE IN GOOD WORKS done in love along with faith is necessary.
There are those who want to demonstrate their faith without works. However, James wants to demonstrate his faith with works; “In deed some might say, “You have faith and I have works “Demonstrate your faith without works and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works” (Jm. 2:18).
Again to those who wish not to believe in faith and works done in love; James said this. “Do you want proof you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless”(Jm 2:20)? Interesting, James uses the term IGNORAMUS to refer to those who do believe in faith without works. Paul and James speak for faith and works and man-made tradition speaks for “faith alone” a concept not found in the Bible. Should I follow a man-made tradition or should I follow the Bible?
I once asked an Evangelical friend if dead faith can save you. And to my dismay, she actually said, “Yes, dead faith can save you!” James says “For just as a body without works is dead, so also faith without works is dead (Jm 2:26). I wish her the very best with her dead faith, but as for me, I choose a living faith and that is a faith with loving works. Which type of faith will you choose?
And to my dear Catholic friends please do not be angry with me; it would appear that FAITH ALONE is in the Bible. In fact it is in the Catholic Bible; however it is preceded by two words; NOT BY. “See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (Jm 2:24).
Some will say we are justified by “FAITH ALONE” apart from good works done in love, but the Bible says a person is JUSTIFIED BY WORKS AND NOT BY FAITH ALONE. As for me, I will follow the Bible.
There are many people who believe that there was an argument between Paul and James with Paul speaking for faith alone and James speaking for works alone. They will usually pick the side of Paul and against James. The Apostle Paul did not speak for faith alone and James did not speak for works alone. Check it out. The problem with this theory is that no argument takes place between James and Paul.
Note that when James spoke for works and faith, he was talking about the ROYAL LAW (Jm 2:11) taking care of widows, feeding and clothing the hungry. And when Paul spoke against works, it was not works of the royal law, but works of the Mosaic Law and is speaking specifically against circumcision. It is in the context.
For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Does God belong to Jews alone? Does he not belong to Gentiles, too? Yes, also to Gentiles, for God is one and will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith and the uncircumcised through faith” (Rom 3:28-29).
So now we can see that Paul is speaking not against good works done in love. He is saying we are justified by faith apart from works of the law and specifically names circumcision. He is dealing with the same issue that was dealt with in the Jerusalem council. And so now we know that Paul is speaking against works of the law (circumcision) and not good works.
THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW THAT PAUL SPOKE FOR GOOD WORKS. In fact many people who claim to be Bible believing Christians are not aware that PAUL spoke for faith and good works. He did speak against works of the Mosaic Law and listed circumcision. However, he did speak in favor of good works done in love, the ROYAL LAW,
"By your stubbornness and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself for the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of God, who will repay everyone according to his works: eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in good works" (Rm 2:5-7).
There are those who say any emphasis on works is “Works based salvation.” The problem with this scenario is that both James and Paul spoke on behalf of good works in relation to eternal life.
I have people tell me dead works (works of the Mosaic Law and specifically circumcision, Romans 3:28-30 won’t save you. I totally agree with them and also I tell them that dead faith won’t save them either and that is faith without good works of the royal law (James 2:26).