Sunday, December 12, 2004

Faith without works is dead

Why are Christians losing America?

It is not enough to "believe" in Jesus.

The Apostle James warns Christians against the false security of thinking that faith apart from works is worth anything at all--"even the demons believe, and shudder."

In other words, faith without works is dead.

Some familiar with Christianity will no doubt object, saying, "We are saved by faith, not by works!" Yes, this is true. But the faith of which James speaks is real faith, the kind of faith that results in obedience to Christ, the kind of faith that results in action.

Jesus said, "If you love Me, obey My commands." He spoke often of the fact that His children will produce the works He intends.

Because it reflects the traditional Apostlic faith, Lutheran theology states it this way: "We are saved by faith alone, but not by faith that is alone."