Thursday, January 20, 2011

Faith is Trusting God, Not Belief in Doctrine

Nowhere in the Bible does it say they we have to pass a pop quiz on doctrine at the Judgment Seat.

It does, however mention a separation of goats from sheep (who both called Jesus, "Lord" - in other words, both were believers) and wheat from chaff (both of whom believe they are believers and that separation is predicated on how we treat the hungry, thirsty, sick, and imprisoned­.

Granted, we are saved by Grace and not by works, but unless faith results in works, it's not saving faith.  James 2:14-26:
What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?  If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And 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?  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, 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.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?  Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?  And 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.

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.  Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent [them] out another way?  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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