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The Faith That Isn't Real (12 of 23)
Series: A FAITH THAT WORKS (James)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
James 2: 14-26
(A) SERIES .... A FAITH THAT WORKS !
1- James .... the 1st Book written in the New Testament ....The Manual on Maturity.
2- It is all about how to grow up as a Christian.
3- James shows us The Marks of Christian Maturity --
a- Chapter 1 .... The 1st Mark is Your Perseverance ....
b- Chapter 2 .... The 2nd Mark is Your Practice .... vs. 1-9 .... Your Practice is evident in Your Relationships .... How You Treat Others! vs. 10-13 .... Your Practice won't be perfect .... Even a Mature Christian makes mistakes .... Maturity is seen in How You Overcome Those Mistakes.
* James concludes this 2nd Mark of Maturity by doing the same thing he did at the conclusion of the 1st Mark .... Contrasting the Real and the False! Encouraging you to check yourself out to make sure you have something worth maturing.
* James wants you to know that you have what it takes to mature ....so he wants you to understand the Characteristics of a FAITH THAT ISN'T REAL!
(B) This scripture .... some of the most misunderstood in all the Bible.
1- Cults and false religions use this passage to try to prove that you have to work your way to heaven.
2- Liberal theologians try to say what Paul teaches and what James teaches are at odds with each other .... that they disagree over the nature of salvation.
a- That James and Paul contradict each other .... because Paul says you're saved by faith alone and James says you're saved by faith and works.
b- There is never a contradiction in God's Word .... only a lack of understanding on man's part.
Romans 4: 2 and 5 "For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God."
"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."
3- Read James 2:21 ..... ...
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