James 2:14 says, “What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?” Some will say the person has lost their salvation, while others will say the person was never saved. Instead, let’s let the context inform us of the answer to the question, “saved from what?”
James 2:17 declares that “faith without works is dead,” and many use this verse to deny the salvation of anyone who confesses faith in Jesus Christ, but does not have sufficient “good works.” This video presents the study of the words “to die,” “death” and “dead” in the Old and New Testaments, and demonstrates that “dead faith” is not false, fake or counterfeit, but true faith…which has died.
What are the theological motivations which press some to say that “dead faith” is false faith, in spite of there being no support for interpreting “dead” as false or fake?
Many use James 2:19 as proof that there are people who claim to believe in Jesus Christ, but their faith is actually the “faith of demons.” This video explains how this verse has been taken out of context, and has nothing to do with questioning the salvation of “those who have no works.”