Christians in Name Only Are Phoney Christians
James, the brother of Jesus, said the following in his letter to the church. [James 2:18] Someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James opened this scripture with the words, “Someone will say.” This is a good thing; the bible teaches us in the book of Numbers, Christians are to be talking about the Word of God throughout the day. We are to encourage one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, and making melody in our heart to the Lord, [Ephesians 5:19] as well as, a daily time of scripture study. However, James was implying just doing these things by themselves isn’t enough. Therefore, I do not understand how present day Christians have come to think otherwise. At our workplaces we have a job to do, and we have to be able to perform that job if we expect to draw a paycheck. To help us understand this in layman terms, James summed up the Christian experience with the statement, “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” In essence James is telling us, “We have to be able to do more than talk a good fight.” If God’s people want to win this fight against the evil that is invading our land, we will have to get involved in the fight or we will lose by default the country our forefather’s fought and died for. James said in verse 17, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” This is a point-blank statement aimed at helping the Christian understand God has a job for us to do in this world.
Our faith in God has always been, and will always be, proven through our works. No revival ever started when the church was in a passive, do nothing, state of mind. They all started when a group of people got fired up about the work of God and started doing what He required of them. Our job is to witness, God draws, and Jesus saves them. It seems like a pretty simple plan to me. James also makes it clear that where there are no works, there is no faith. And where there is no faith, God is not pleased. (Hebrews 11:6) James stated in verse 22 of chapter one of this same letter to the church, “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Those people who hear the word but do nothing with it, yet say they are people of faith and God is pleased with them, are being deceived, their faith is worthless.
For some reason people do not seem to think God is serious about the things pertaining to His kingdom. I can tell you, He did not send His Son into the world to die so the modern-day Christian could go on an extended vacation and do nothing while the generation we live in goes to hell because we didn’t do anything to help Him further His kingdom on earth. There is nothing in the bible to substantiate such a line of thought. God is in the soul saving business. The saving of souls, or the lack thereof, is His chief concern. His concern isn’t the amount of money we make to spend upon our own lust, or that we live in the finest homes to impress our neighbors. His concern is and has always been; are His people doing what they have been instructed to do. If we aren’t, we need to repent and get about the Father’s business before we get fired. When we meet Him face to face; His question to each of us is going to be; “Did you do what I instructed you to do?” Will we hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, inherit the kingdom prepared for you.” Or, “Cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” [Matthew 25:23&30] DThrash
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