Will The Real Faith Please Stand Up by James Merritt

JAMES 2:14-26
"WILL THE REAL FAITH PLEASE STAND UP"
JAMES MERRITT

INTRODUCTION

1. AS I INTRODUCE THIS MESSAGE I WANT TO SAY AT THE
OUTSET AND MAKE IT VERY PLAIN THAT MAN IS SAVED BY
GRACE, PLUS NOTHING. HE IS NOT SAVED BY GRACE , PLUS
GOODNESS. HE IS NOT SAVED BY GRACE, PLUS MONEY. HE
IS NOT SAVED BY GRACE, PLUS WORKS. HE IS SAVED BY
GRACE, PLUS NOTHING. THE BIBLE SAYS IN EPH. 2:8-9
"FOR BY GRACE YOU ARE SAVED THROUGH FAITH, AND THAT
NOT OF YOURSELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD, NOT OF
WORKS, LEST ANYONE SHOULD BOAST".

2. YOU SEE ULTIMATELY, THERE ARE ONLY THREE POSSIBLE
WAYS TO GET TO HEAVEN. THERE IS ONE WAY THAT
TEACHES THAT A MAN CAN BE SAVED BY HIS OWN WORKS.
IF HE LIVES A GOOD LIFE AND DOES THE BEST HE CAN,
AND HE IS SINCERE, THEN HE CAN GO TO HEAVEN. THEN
THERE IS THE WAY THAT TEACHES THAT A MAN IS SIMPLY
SAVED BY FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THROUGH
SIMPLE FAITH IN JESUS CAN HE ENTER THE KINGDOM OF
GOD. AND THEN THERE IS THE WAY THAT TEACHES THAT
A MAN IS SAVED BY A COMBINATION OF THE TWO, NOT ONLY
BY FAITH BUT ALSO BY WORKS.

3. NOW MOST PAGAN RELIGIONS TEACH THE FIRST WAY TO
HEAVEN, THAT IS, THEY TEACH THAT A MAN IS SAVED BY - -
DOING GOOD AND BEING GOOD, IF YOU ARE A BUDDHIST AND
FOLLOW THE EIGHT-FOLD PATH OF BUDDHA YOU WILL ENTER
THE BLESSED STATE OF NIRVANA AND BE IN ETERNAL BLISS
FOREVER. IF YOU ARE A MOSLEM AND FOLLOW FAITHFULLY
THE TEACHINGS OF THE KORAN AND-DO ALT T IS SAID
THEREIN, YOU WILL GO TO BE WITH ALL UT CHRISTIANITY
TEACHES THAT A MAN IS SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH
FAITH ALONE. IT IS NOT A MATTER OF- BEING GOOD, IT
IS A MATTER OF TRUSTING IN JESUS- THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.
BUT THEN MOST OF THE CULTS,-SUCH AS THE
JEHOVAH WITNESSES OR THE MORMONS, TEACH THAT A MAN
IS SAVED BOTH BY FAITH AND WORKS.

4. NOW DOWN THROUGH THE CENTURIES THERE ARE MANY -
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WHO BELIEVE THAT JAMES WAS TEACHING THE SAME THING
THAT MANY CULTS TEACH IN THIS SECOND CHAPTER. THEY
HAVE INTERPRETED JAMES AS TEACHING TH ...


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