Today's Daily Bible Verse here at CB caught my eye. It says:
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?- James 2:14-17 (NIV)
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.
If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Faith versus works and works versus faith seems to be an endless, ongoing debate amongst Christians and yet I can't help but wonder why. Doesn't James make it quite clear that faith and works go hand in hand? So why do we quibble about it? If we say we have faith and yet that faith is not manifested through our actions towards others, the Word of God tells us that the faith we vigorously claim to have is dead.
I am glad that our God has the power to resurrect that which is dead according to His will. I am glad that it is NOT the will of God for us to have "dead faith"; rather God desires us to have "living faith".
Did you notice that in this passage James is referring to our brothers and sisters? Far too often churches will raise hundreds or thousands of dollars for missions and yet refuse to assist the needy within their congregation. Here in America we figure they can apply to some government agency or else they are in a bad situation because they were lazy, careless or are being punished and they need to learn a lesson or two. The care of our brothers and sisters in need is NOT the responsibility of the government. It is the responsibility of their family which is also the Church!
So what sort of faith do we have? Is it living or is it dead?
[quote]Faith versus works and works versus faith seems to be an endless, ongoing debate amongst Christians and yet I can't help but wonder why[/quote]
The enemy loves to keep stirring the pot and by blinding us to the obvious truth he is laughing all the way round the earth, as we believers take our eyes off the prize of our high calling.
Amen sister! Well said!
[quote]In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” - James 2:14-17 (NIV)[/quote]. So right, K, it is not a 'scheme' we can 'opt' out of if it doesn't suit.kbird