The Truth has taken a beating and come out bleeding in the ridiculous collusion accusations, next in the 737 Max and today the beginnings of distraction by the media toward the dismissal in the Jessie Smollett case. The questions here with respect to men and their politics run to what sort of world and country we want to leave to our children and grandchildren?
James was the leader of the church in Jerusalem in the early years of the body of Christ. James was among those who saw his brother, Jesus, the Christ (Greek for messiah) alive after the entire city saw him dead.
James wrote a short and undeniably rich book to the 12 Tribes Scattered. James 1: 1:
“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
The fact that there are but five chapters in this book have made it what I call the “shoddy shortcut” inasmuch as the misreading or rather poor comprehension and ability to synthesize (gather information from what is read) have made this so.
But even then ignoring the verses about the corruption of your gold and failings in helping those in need because we now know, as opposed to what Jesus commanded, that “poor choices” is what really happened. We are so much smarter than Jesus now.
But they do seize on chapter 2 in order to continue to espouse their worthless religion:
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
[NOTE: James is not talking about the law i.e. 10 Commandments here]
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[d]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[e]and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (NIV)
A portion often misused by the LOST who claim the ten commandments are the way to God 2: 18:
“Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” (NIV)
Let’s note, “even the demons believe that and shudder.” Demons are fallen angels and have witnessed God’s glory and been judged with their leader. They are condemned already to an eternity in torment and without redemptive opportunity in Jesus through grace by faith so they shudder.
I like the wording in this older version of the NIV James 2: 18:
“But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”
This usually comes up not from those involved in relief to the poor, but those misusing these verses to justify salvation by works of the law. But James did not say I will show you my faith by what I shalt not.
Briefly, God was not preaching to you Gentiles when he said, “Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.” Nor when he told Noah to build the Ark. Not when he made the promise to Abraham that his offspring would inherit the land now called Israel, nor when he gave the law to Israel through Moses. Not until he sent Peter to Cornelius. Then Jesus ordained Paul (Acts 9: 15) as his instrument to reveal his name to Gentiles, their rulers and the people of Israel. Judah in the vast majority rejected Jesus as was prophesied. In 70 A.D. God made his intent for the law and the temple perfectly clear as Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24.
Paul confirmed this to his chosen protege’ Timothy in I Timothy 1: 5-7:
“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk.7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.” (NIV)
TEACHERS OF THE LAW DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT.
Chris Queen. 3/26/2019. Debating on ending this blog on the 31st.