“Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” James 2:18
Even in the early church we see people who claimed they had saving faith, yet did not possess salvation. Wherever there is truth there is the counterfeit. Jesus tells us, “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” (Matthew 7:21) This is what works is all about. It is about doing the will of God in our lives. People with dead faith substitute words for works. They know the right words to pray and testify. They can quote the Bible word for word. The problem is they think their words are as good as works. James gives a simple illustration. A poor believer came into a fellowship, without proper clothing and in need of food. The person with dead faith saw the needs, but he did nothing to help. The visitor went away just as hungry and naked as he came in. This is dead faith. As believers, we have an obligation to help meet the needs of people, no matter who they may be. “If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” (1 John 3:17-18) This verse sums up what James is telling us. Dead faith is not saving faith. Dead faith is counterfeit faith and lulls the person into a false confidence of eternal life.
Todays Bible Reading: 1 John 5:12, Luke 10:25-37