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Some would have us believe that one verse in the book of James somehow negates or nullifies all the Gospel promises of Christ and his apostles in the rest of the Bible (many of which will be duly listed below). We can draw one of two conclusions from their argument. Either Christ and his apostles lied to us or these so-called apologists have very much misinterpreted the verse in question.

 

The fact is that God’s word does not contradict God’s word. We may misinterpret a verse and therefore “make” it contradict God’s word but God does not contradict himself.  As Jesus prayed in his prayer to God the Father, “Sanctify them by your truth, your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

 

The specific Bible verse that is in focus here is the following: 

 

James 2:24 : “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.”

 

Roman Catholic apologists use this verse to argue for their gospel that insists “faith plus works” is needed in order for a person to attain salvation. They claim that “faith plus works” is the true gospel. What they’re doing here is trying to make an argument for the error that the bishops at the Council of Trent made when they condemned to hell everyone who preached the biblical Gospel:

 

“If anyone says that the faith which justifies is nothing else20but trust in the divine mercy (of God), which pardons sins because of Christ; or that it is that trust alone (faith alone) by which we are justified; let him be anathema (accursed, condemned to hell).”  -Council of Trent, session six, “Decree on Justification”, canon 12.

 

In denying, as they did above, that we are indeed saved through the gift of faith that comes only from Christ--the gift of being able to put our trust in him alone for our salvation--the pope and his bishops at Trent implicitly denied that Christ was the sole reason or basis for our salvation. They denied that his death on the cross fully accomplished the salvation of all who come to believe in him. They denied Christ's own insisted teaching that "He who believes in me has everlasting life." (John 6:47) Sadly, their erroneous gospel is very much reflected in the Mass, which has become an ongoing sacrifice or re-sacrifice of Christ for sin.

 

In the Catholic Catech ism, it becomes all the more plain that "faith plus works" is indeed the "gospel" of Roman Catholicism by texts such as the following:

 

 "We can therefore hope in the glory of heaven promised by God to those who love him and do his will. In every circumstance, each one of us should hope, with the grace of God, to persevere 'to the end' and to obtain the joy of heaven, as God's eternal reward for the good works accomplished with the grace of Christ," (paragraph 1821)

 

The bolded phrase makes it clear that "works accomplished with the grace of Christ help the faithful obtain God's eternal reward--heaven." While the phrase "accomplished with the grace of Christ" is apparently viewed as an "escape clause" whereby the faithful refuse to take full credit for their good works, the fact is that the faithful should take no credit at all for their good works or in anyway give such works even the smallest credit for the salvation that Christ alone won for those who truly believe in him. To take even the least bit of credit is to say that Christ d id not fully accomplish your salvation by himself--you helped him!

 

And the Roman Catholic Church continues to insist that it must be that way. While it gives God credit for taking the "initiative" they reason that some credit must go to man for his free-will "cooperation" or "collaboration." As the Catechism puts it: "The fatherly action of God is first on his own initiative, and then follows man's free acting through his collaboration, so that the merit of good works is to be attributed in the first place to the grace of God, then to the faithful." (paragraph 2008)

 

So they will give God first thanks for merit but insist they must receive something for their actions. And, in case that seems their not giving God quite enough credit, the paragraph concludes by teaching us: "Man's merit, moreover, itself is due to God, for his good actions proceed in Christ, from the predispositions and assistance given by the Holy Spirit." 

 

So, no matter how mildly put, they insist that their own works assist in their salvation. This false teaching and thus false gospel of "man helping Christ for his salvation" reaches its zenith in the Catechism with its claim that we can merit the graces needed to make us holy. Or, as the Catechism puts it:

 

"Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification." (paragraph 2010)

 

Any good Catholic knows that "charity" is another word for "good works." So, in paragraph 2010 we are taught that our good works can actually "merit" that is "attain or obtain" for us the graces we need to make us holy in the eyes of God. No matter that "grace" is called "grace" because it is a "totally unmerited gift from God." However, this teaching makes it something that can indeed be earned in part through good works.

 

(If we were to believe all of this, we might well ask ourselves: What is it that this God can do without us? We are told he needs our help in virtually all important things--good works, holiness and in being able to reward us with heaven. How sad, that the church has exchanged this false "man exalting" gospel for the truth of Christ. Though admittedly, on the "practical" side it has served the "system" quite well.)

 

This gets down to the problem that the Roman Catholic hierarchy has made of our being made holy. They teach that holiness is "infused" (Catechism #2023) enabling a person to do good works which can then "win" for us the reward of heaven--something Christ has already done for those who truly believe in Him! This teaching of "infusion" makes holiness or righteousness something that "we become" through baptism and confession instead of something that is Christ's and is graciously "credited" to us because of the work he did on the cross. As God's holy word explains:

 

This is why “it w as credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him (Abraham) alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised for our justification. (Romans 4:22-25)

 

…and being found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that come from God and is by faith. (Philippians 3:9)

 

...because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. (Hebrews 10:14)

 

Despite all this biblical evidence against their claims, and much more that you will soon see, the Roman Catholic apologists cling for their lives to a single verse in the book of James hoping to make their argume nt for the "faith plus works" gospel--hoping to fight God's word with God's word:

 

James 2:24 : “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.”

 

They claim that James is essentially saying the same thing that the bishops of Trent said when they condemned those who preached that faith alone in Christ is a true sign of your salvation—a true sign that you have been justified or “made right” before God by faith alone. Again, this central aspect of the biblical Gospel was condemned by the pope and council of bishops meeting at Trent.

 

The apologists seek to continue this error of the “Fathers of Trent” by convincing everyone that James truly meant that we are made “right” in the eyes of God—justified—not by the gift of faith alone but by faith plus our good works.

 

What they seem to avoid is the obvious—that the word “justified” can have more than one meaning. In this case the word “justified” is used as a verb in the same way that Jesus used it in Luke 7:25 (“wisdom is justified by all her children”). Here, the word “justified” is used as meaning “proof of a prior claim.” When we apply that meaning to James’ use of the word “justify” in this verse, we find that James was telling us: “works were proof of faith.”  And that interpretation fits well with the rest of the Bible. James was merely saying that the good works we do, justify or prove our faith to those who observe us. As Christ told us “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

 

But the Roman Catholic apologists won’t have it that way, instead they insist that works too, and not “just” God’s gift of faith alone, are (together) essential to our salvation .

 

Again, in order for the Roman Catholic apologists to be “right” on this one, the rest of the Bible would have to be “wrong.”  Why? Because, even Christ himself told us plainly that: “He who believes in me has everlasting life.” (John 6:47)  There is just not a lot of “wiggle room” in that statement. Just look at the evidence in God's word of our salvation by grace through faith to see how very mistaken these people are:

 

Ephesians 2:8-9  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

 

2 Timothy 1:9  …who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not be cause of anything we have done (repentance) but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

 

Romans 1:17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[ 1:17 Or is from faith to faith] just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."[ 1:17 Hab. 2:4]

 

Romans 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

 

The surest thing that can be said about good works is this. — Those who think they have them do not; and those who perform them are fully convince d that they haven't (Matt. 25:31-46).

 

A stupid argument from Roman Catholic apologists

 

"even the demons believe!"

 

They fail to see the hyperbole that James was using here. He knew that it was not proper to compare true believers to demons, but he did so to try to get these peoples attention. You and the Roman Catholics adopt this hyperbole as a fundamental teaching on belief even though you don't seem to understand that to do so is to allow it to contradict Jesus Himself who plainly tells you that belief in him is the sign he has given you everlasting life. James was simply desperate to see the fruit of their faith.

 

How many times do the apostles use the word faith "all by itself" (alone) when they describe how we are "made right" "righteous" or "justified" before God? Often!

 

Acts 15:9  He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.

 

Acts 26:18  to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified (made holy) by faith in me.'

 

Romans 1:17  For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[ 1:17 Or is from faith to faith] just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."[ 1:17 Hab. 2:4]</ o:p>

 

Romans 3:26  he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

 

Romans 3:28  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.

 

Romans 3:30  since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.

 

Romans 4:5  However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.

 

Romans 4:13  It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

 

Romans 4:16  Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring–not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

 

Romans 5:1  Therefore, since we have been justified ("made right with God") through faith, we[ 5:1 Or let us] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

Romans 9:30  What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;

 

Romans 9:32  Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."

 

Romans 10:6  But the righteousness that is by faith …

 

Galatians 2:16  know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.

 

Galatians 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

 

Galatians 3:8  The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you."[ 3:8 Gen. 12:3; 18:18; 22:18]

 

Galatians 3:11  Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith."[ 3:11 Hab. 2:4]

 

Galatians 3:14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

 

Galatians 3:22  But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

 

Galatians 3:23  Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.

 

Galatians 3:24  So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ[ 3:24 Or charge until Christ came] that we might be justified by faith.

 

Galatians 3:26  You are all sons of God through faith in=2 0Christ Jesus,

 

Colossians 2:12  having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

 

Ephesians 3:17  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

 

Philippians 3:9  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

 

2 Timothy 3:15  …and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

 

Hebrews 11:3  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

 

Hebrews 11:4  By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.

 

Hebrews 11:5  By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.

 

Hebrews 11:7  By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

 

Hebrews 11:8  By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 

 

Hebrews 11:9  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

 

Hebrews 11:11  By faith Abraham, even though he was past age–and Sarah herself was barren–was enabled to become a father because he[ 11:11 Or By faith even Sarah, who was past age, was enabled to bear children because she] considered him faithful who had made the promise.

 

Hebrews 11:13  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.

 

Hebrews 11:17  By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,

 

Hebrews 11:20  By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.< /FONT>

 

Hebrews 11:21  By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

 

Hebrews 11:22  By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.

 

Hebrews 11:23  By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict.

 

Hebrews 11:24  By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the s on of Pharaoh's daughter.

 

Hebrews 11:27  By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

 

Hebrews 11:28  By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

 

Hebrews 11:29  By faith the people passed through the Red Sea[ 11:29 That is, Sea of Reeds] as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

 

Hebrews 11:30  By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the pe ople had marched around them for seven days.

 

1 Peter 1:9  for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

2 Peter 1:1  Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

 

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Works are produced by faith, works are a sign of faith

 

John 15:5  "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

 

Romans 1:5  Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.

 

Galatians 5:6  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:3  We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1 Timothy 1:4  …nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God's work–which is by faith.

 

1 Timothy 1:5  The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

 

2 Peter 1:5  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;

 

 

Faith as a gift…

 

Matthew 16:16-17  Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  Jesus replied, " Blessed are you Simon Son of Peter for flesh and blood have not revealed this to you buy My Father who is in heaven. (faith is a gift of God)

 

Romans 12:3  For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

 

Acts 3:16  By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.

 

Luke 17:5  The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" (faith is a gift)

 

James 2:5  Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

 

2 Peter 1:1  Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as gold.

 

Hebrews 12:2  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the th rone of God.

 

Just a few examples of how terrible wrong and horribly mistaken the Roman Catholic apologists truly are. Will you continue to believe them or instead, put your trust totally in Christ? It is true, you may indeed lose your religion, but think what you have gained--everlasting life!

 

 

 

 

(updated 1/2005)

Some would have us believe that one verse in the book of James somehow negates or nullifies all the Gospel promises of Christ and his apostles in the rest of the Bible (many of which will be duly listed below). We can draw one of two conclusions from their argument. Either Christ and his apostles lied to us or these so-called apologists have very much misinterpreted the verse in question.

The fact is that God’s word does not contradict God’s word. We may misinterpret a verse and therefore “make” it contradict God’s word but God does not contradict himself.  As Jesus prayed in his prayer to God the Father, “Sanctify them by your truth, your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

 

The specific Bible verse that is in focus here is the following: 

 

James 2:24 : “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.”

 

Roman Catholic apologists use this verse to argue for their gospel that insists “faith plus works” is needed in order for a person to attain salvation. They claim that Cfaith plus works” is the true gospel. What they’re doing here is trying to make an argument for the error that the bishops at the Council of Trent made when they condemned to hell everyone who preached the biblical Gospel:

 

“If anyone says that the faith which justifies is nothing else but trust in the divine mercy (of God), which pardons sins because of Christ; or that it is that trust alone (faith alone) by which we are justified; let him be anathema (accursed, condemned to hell).”  -Council of Trent, session six, “Decree on Justification”, canon 12.

In denying, as they did above, that we are indeed saved through the gift of faith that comes only from Christ--the gift of being able to put our trust in him alone for our salvation--the pope and his bishops at Trent implicitly denied that Christ was the sole reason or basis for our salvation. They denied that his death on the cross fully accomplished the salvation of all who come to believe in him. They denied Christ's own insisted teaching that "He who believes in me has everlasting life." (John 6:47) Sadly, their erroneous gospel is very much reflected in the=2 0Mass, which has become an ongoing sacrifice or re-sacrifice of Christ for sin.

In the Catholic Catechism, it becomes all the more plain that "faith plus works" is indeed the "gospel" of Roman Catholicism by texts such as the following:

 "We can therefore hope in the glory of heaven promised by God to those who love him and do his will. In every circumstance, each one of us should hope, with the grace of God, to persevere 'to the end' and to obtain the joy of heaven, as God's eternal reward for the good works accomplished with the grace of Christ," (paragraph 1821)

The bolded phrase makes it clear that "works accomplished with the grace of Christ help the faithful obtain God's eternal reward--heaven." While the phrase "accomplished with the grace of Christ" is apparently viewed as an "escape clause" whereby the faithful refuse to take full credit for their good works, the fact is that the faithful should take no credit at all for their good works or in anyway give such works even the smallest credit for the salvation that Christ alone won for those who truly believe in him. To take even the least bit of credit is to say that Christ di d not fully accomplish your salvation by himself--you helped him!

And the Roman Catholic Church continues to insist that it must be that way. While it gives God credit for taking the "initiative" they reason that some credit must go to man for his free-will "cooperation" or "collaboration." As the Catechism puts it: "The fatherly action of God is first on his own initiative, and then follows man's free acting through his collaboration, so that the merit of good works is to be attributed in the first place to the grace of God, then to the faithful." (paragraph 2008)

So they will give God first thanks for merit but insist they must receive something for their actions. And, in case that seems their not giving God quite enough credit, the paragraph concludes by teaching us: "Man's merit, moreover, itself is due to God, for his good actions proceed in Christ, from the predispositions and assistance given by the Holy Spirit." 

So, no matter how mildly put, they insist that their own works assist in their salvation. This false teaching and thus false gospel of "man helping Christ for his salvation" reaches its zenith in the Catechism with its claim that we can merit the graces needed to make us holy. Or, as the Catechism puts it:

"Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification." (paragraph 2010)

Any good Catholic knows that "charity" is another word for "good works." So, in paragraph 2010 we are taught that our good works can actually "merit" that is "attain or obtain" for us the graces we need to make us holy in the eyes of God. No matter that "grace" is called "grace" because it is a "totally unmerited gift from God." However, this teaching makes it something that can indeed be earned in part through good works.

(If we were to believe all of this, we might well ask ourselves: What is it that this God can do without us? We are told he needs our help in virtually all important things--good works, holiness and in being able to reward us with heaven. How sad, that the church has exchanged this false "man exalting" gospel for the truth of Christ. Though admittedly, on the "practical" side it has served the "system" quite well.)

Thi s gets down to the problem that the Roman Catholic hierarchy has made of our being made holy. They teach that holiness is "infused" (Catechism #2023) enabling a person to do good works which can then "win" for us the reward of heaven--something Christ has already done for those who truly believe in Him! This teaching of "infusion" makes holiness or righteousness something that "we become" through baptism and confession instead of something that is Christ's and is graciously "credited" to us because of the work he did on the cross. As God's holy word explains:

This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him (Abraham) alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised for our justification. (Romans 4:22-25)

…and being found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that come from God and is by faith. (Philippians 3:9)

...because by one sacrifice he has mad e perfect forever those who are being made holy. (Hebrews 10:14)

Despite all this biblical evidence against their claims, and much more that you will soon see, the Roman Catholic apologists cling for their lives to a single verse in the book of James hoping to make their argument for the "faith plus works" gospel--hoping to fight God's word with God's word:

James 2:24 : “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.”

They claim that James is essentially saying the same thing that the bishops of Trent said when they condemned those who preached that faith alone in Christ is a true sign of your salvation—a true sign that you have been justified or “made right” before God by faith alone. Again, this central aspect of the biblical Gospel was condemned by the pope and council of bishops meeting at Trent.

 

The apologists seek to continue this error of the “Fathers of Trent” by convincing everyone that James tru ly meant that we are made “right” in the eyes of God—justified—not by the gift of faith alone but by faith plus our good works.

 

What they seem to avoid is the obvious—that the word “justified” can have more than one meaning. In this case the word “justified” is used as a verb in the same way that Jesus used it in Luke 7:25 (“wisdom is justified by all her children”). Here, the word “justified” is used as meaning “proof of a prior claim.” When we apply that meaning to James’ use of the word “justify” in this verse, we find that James was telling us: “works were proof of faith.”  And that interpretation fits well with the rest of the Bible. James was merely saying that the good works we do, justify or prove our faith to those who observe us. As Christ told us “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

 

But the Roman Catholic apologists won’t have it that way, instead they insist that works too, and not “just” God’s gift of faith alone, are (together) essential to our salvation.

 

Again, in order for the Roman Catholic apologists to be “right” on this one, the rest of the Bible would have to be “wrong.”  Why? Because, even Christ himself told us plainly that: “He who believes in me has everlasting life.” (John 6:47)  There is just not a lot of “wiggle room” in that statement. Just look at the evidence in God's word of our salvation by grace through faith to see how very mistaken these people are:

 

Ephesians 2:8-9  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

 

2 Timothy 1:9  …who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done (repentance) but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

 

Romans 1:17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[ 1:17 Or is from faith to faith] just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."[ 1:17 Hab. 2:4]

 

Romans 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

 

The surest thing that can be said about good works is this. — Those who think they have them do not; and those who perform them are fully convinced that they haven't (Matt. 25 :31-46).

A stupid argument from Roman Catholic apologists

"even the demons believe!"

they fail to see the hyperbole that James was using here. He knew that it was not proper to compare true believers to demons, but he did so to try to get these peoples attention. You and the Roman Catholics adopt this hyperbole as a fundamental teaching on belief even though you don't seem to understand that to do so is to allow it to contradict Jesus Himself who plainly tells you that belief in him is the sign he has given you everlasting life. James was simply desperate to see the fruit of their faith.

 

How many times do the apostles use the word faith "all by itself" (alone) when they describe how we are "made right" "righteous" or "justified" before God? Often!

 

 

Acts 15:9  He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.

 

Acts 26:18  to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified (made holy) by faith in me.'

 

Romans 1:17  For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[ 1:17 Or is from faith to faith] just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."[ 1:17 Hab. 2:4]

 

Romans 3:26  he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and20the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

 

Romans 3:28  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.

 

Romans 3:30  since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.

 

Romans 4:5  However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.

 

Romans 4:13  It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world , but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

 

Romans 4:16  Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring–not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

 

Romans 5:1  Therefore, since we have been justified ("made right with God") through faith, we[ 5:1 Or let us] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

Romans 9:30  What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;

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