Disabusing James 2:17, Part 1 What is “Dead Faith?”

Faith Without Words is Dead

James 2:17 declares that “faith without works is dead,” and many use this verse to question 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.

Disabusing James 2:14: Saved from What?

Last Judgment

James 2:14: “What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?” Instead of adopting an Augustinian mindset which almost always interprets “salvation” as “saved from hell” (and hence the Roman Catholic image), let’s let the context inform us of the answer to the question, “saved from what?”

 

Extending grace in moments of conflict

I sense that a lot of people on both sides of the aisle are reaching out to one another after this election, and we need to do everything we can to facilitate that effort. I’ve been reading a book by Buck Brannaman, “The Faraway Horses,” and I think he wrote some really good words along the lines of reaching out to people whom we may think do not deserve the effort.

“Many times people have told me that what they’ve learned from me about understanding their horses has helped them begin to understand themselves a little bit better and then allowed them to make changes that improved their lives far better than they could have ever imagined.

One such person was a chariot racer who lived near Big Horn, Wyoming. Chariot racing is a winter sport, and it has a following in some parts of the West. It’s a lot like what Charlton Heston did in the movie Ben Hur, except the chariots aren’t usually quite as fancy and the horses that pull them tend to be about half broke. Some of the horses have never even been taught to drive. The racers harness them up, beat them over the rump, and away they go over frozen ground or through snowfields. Continue reading “Extending grace in moments of conflict”