Friday, February 21, 2020

Faith and Works Go Together

And James says, “this faith which you profess must be seen in godly living and deeds and the deeds are so essential”, says James, “they are so real and they are so inevitable – just as a real apple tree must produce apples, real Christian faith must produce deep change. James says if you don’t have the works and you don’t have the deeds and you don’t have the Godly living, your faith is false, it’s dead.
So people have positioned James against Paul because Paul says again and again, “works are useless”. And James says “works are crucial”. So who is right? And the answer is – they are both right. They are not saying opposite things, they are saying two different things. They are friends – they are working together and we are going to see this as we study the passage for a few minutes this morning.
I have two points – the first is that faith and deeds cannot be separated (verses 14-19). The second is that faith and deeds must be joined (verses 20-26).

Faith and Works Cannot be Seperated

First of all, faith and deeds cannot be separated. Now there are two types of people in verses 14-19 who are trying to separate faith and deeds. The first I am going to call: “Mr Head-Only”. Please don’t despise the simplicity of this as it is actually very profound. This is the person who is able to ‘say’ Christian things but there is no change of heart. It’s a global and a terrible problem in churches. See in verse 14, “What good is it, my brothers, if a man, a woman, claims to have faith but has no deeds?” Claims to be an apple tree but has no apples? Can such faith save?
So the person says:
  • I am an apple tree but there is no apples.
  • I am married but I live on my own.
  • I am converted but there is no conversion.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Mathew 25:31-46

 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”



Friday, May 4, 2018

Deception in the church



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Authentic christian faith






                                        There is authentic Christianity ?




The Bible provides a clear understanding of genuine saving faith-true faith produces good fruit. In His parable of the soils and the seed, the Lord Jesus taught that, while unbelievers are unfruitful, those who are saved would bear fruit. In this parable, three of four soils produced fruitless plants, vivid pictures of receptions of God's Word that never resulted in salvation.
In contrast, fruit-bearing plants thrive in the good soil that pictures a redeemed heart. Jesus said, "But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty" (Matthew 13:23). All believers are fruitful, even though not equally fruitful.
The Bible also describes what good fruit looks like. The following chart lists the characteristics of genuine saving faith. In essence, it serves as a guide for spiritual fruit inspection (2 Corinthians 13:5). If you are unsure about the reality of your faith, please take the time to study this chart, taking care to read each of the accompanying Scripture passages.


[Matthew 7:15-23]

An authentic believer must not only demonstrate his love by ready acceptance of others in the church, but he must also demonstrate his faith by responsible assistance to others. Those who possess authentic faith put it to work.
Even in the early church many claimed they had saving faith that were not saved. Where ever there is the true you find the counterfeit. Jesus warned in Matthew 7:21. "Not everyone who says to Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven."
How do you know dead faith from true faith? People with dead faith substitute words for helpful deeds. They may know all the vocabulary for prayer and testimony and may even be able to quote scripture, but their work does not measure up to their talk. Words are no substitute for works. Authentic faith is revealed with real deeds (CIT).


Verse 14 declares that intellectual faith without substantiating deeds is void of salvation. "What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?"

Verse 14 begins another shift in the epistle as is indicated by James’ use of my brethren. He introduces this new paragraph with a rhetorical question, What good is it....if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? The Greek construction indicates a no answer is expected. Can the kind of faith that is not seen in practical works save anyone? The answer is NO! Any declaration of faith that does nothing is worth nothing. James is talking about a particular kind of faith, a faith that produces no works. Some may have an intellectual acceptance of certain biblical truths. This faith is worthless because it is all talk with no walk.
The New Testament supports this truth. Obedience is the necessary proof of true faith (Mt. 7:21, 25:31-46, Lk. 3:7). We who quote Ephesians 2:8-9 often forget that verse 10 follows. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand so that we would walk in them. God’s grace that brings about a new creation causes that new creation to walk the path of good deeds. There are no exceptions. Faith must be lived out through deeds. Faith works.
The Bible does not teach a salvation by works but it does not teach a salvation that does not work either. Note, there are no true works if faith in Jesus alone has not preceded them and if they are not done in the power of the Holy Spirit. But if there is genuine faith, good deeds will naturally follow. Faith and good works are not enemies but buddies.
[BUDDY SYSTEM] On October 25, 1983, an elite Ranger division parachuted onto the new Point Salinas airstrip on the tiny island of Granada. Such an act presents one of the most daring and dangerous situations a soldier can face.


             The Apostolic Definition of an Authentic Christian

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
1 John 4:7-12
In 1 John 4:7-12 we find the apostolic definition of an authentic Christian as well as the apostolic definition of an authentic church. 











James defined religion without works as a dead religion..


Do you know people if you approach them and said do you believe in God, they'd say yes?
 Do you believe Jesus Christ lived and died and rose from the dead? Yes. And you know as well as I do that they're not Christians. That's not uncommon. They possess a dead faith.
I remember a song we used to sing as a little kids in church, "Only believe, only believe." And I've often thought about that song. Now wait a minute, is that all there is?
Nicodemus believed before he came to Christ and was told he needed to be born again. It is not enough to just believe unless that faith is the faith that saves and transforms.
Now what is the character of dead faith? This is what James wants to point out to us. Let's look at our text. What is the character of dead faith? He gives us three marks of dead faith, three descriptions of the nature of dead faith.
First of all, dead faith is identified by an empty confession. It is identified by an empty confession, verse 14.
"What does it profit,” or of what benefit is it, "my brethren,"
and I think he's speaking at that point to a Jewish brethren, Jewish audience, and of course collectively to the church that are identified outwardly as brethren. "What does it profit, or of what benefit is it though a man say he has faith but has not works?" What good is such a claim? "Can faith save him?"
Now look at it. If a man says he has faith...for the sake of argument, a man comes along, he makes that claim. "I have faith, I believe. I believe in God. I believe in Christ." He confesses to believe in the death of Christ. He may confess to believe in the resurrection of Christ. By the way, it's a present tense, what does it profit, my brothers, though a man continually go on making the claim that he believes? The word in the Greek text means anyone...anyone. What good is such a claim from anyone if he has not erga, works...if he has not product--if he has not good works, righteous deeds as the pattern of his life what good is such faith? The answer is it's no good at all.
That's the obvious answer. It's nothing but an empty confession, an empty profession, a claim with no evidence. If there are no works and no righteous deeds, you cannot demonstrate a changed life. If when true faith is placed in Christ, we receive a new nature, that new nature will manifest itself. And as we go to the parable of the soils again we see that good soil always produces what? Fruit...the fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of righteousness.



A legacy of " Luther's doctrine"   can be seen in the churches where pastors preach a religion without good deeds (charity)  zero  interest for those in need in the church, the church only has a  formal deacon, but  church provid no  fund for Christian poors.

It seems a minor thing, at first glance, it's actually a serious thing because that's what defines disciple  Jacob as dead religion .

Faith in Apostolic chuch was a faith 

Justin Martyr  "Worship in the early church"

"And we afterwards continually remind each other of these things.
And the wealthy among us help the needy; and we always keep together; and for all things wherewith we are supplied, we bless the Maker of all through His Son Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Ghost".


                                            Pastor disguised as homeless

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