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Faith That Cannot Save (8 of 16)
Series: Christianity and Shoe Leather
Dr. Stan Coffey
I.CONFESSION WITHOUT COMPASSION
II. BELIEF WITHOUT BEHAVIOR
III. ORTHODOXY WITHOUT OBEDIENCE
James Chapter 2. There are two kinds of faith mentioned in the Bible and we are going to speak this morning on the subject "Faith that cannot save". James Chapter 2, I want to begin our reading this morning in Verse 20.
Then in a moment I want you to turn to Romans Chapters 4 so if you can put one finger in James Chapter 2 and the other finger in Romans Chapter 4 and be ready, I want you to look at something very, very important in the word of God - faith that cannot save.
In James Chapter 2 Verse 20 the Bible says, "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."
And now with that in mind turn please to Romans Chapter 4 Verse 5. We just read what James had to say and James said you are justified by faith and works. James says you are not justified by faith only, you must have works because faith without works is dead.
Now look at what Paul says I Romans Chapter 4 Verse 5, "BUT TO HIM THAT WORKETH NOT, BUT BELIEVETH ON HIM THAT JUSTIFIETH THE UNGODLY, HIS FAITH IS COUNTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS."
Now Romans Chapter 4 and Verse 5 says you are justified by faith apart from any works whatsoever. James Chapter 2 Verse 24 says you're not justified by faith without works; you must have both faith and works to be justified. It seems contradictory.
Now notice something else in Romans Chapter 4 Verse 3 Abraham is used as the example and the ...
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