Action is Born of Belief, Faith Without Works is Dead

 If you are reading this Bible or Not post, then at this very moment, wherever you are, whether conciously or unconciously, you have made the decision that this is the most important thing for you to be doing, at this moment in time. Your action of reading, is born out of the belief that what I’m writing is worthwhile enough to read (oh, I really hope so). Likewise, my action of writing, is born out of the belief that it will in some way benefit someone, directly or indirectly.

EVERYTHING we do is based upon the FACT that our actions are based upon what we believe to be true – action is born of belief.

Let’s take something simple, like making a phone call. If you pick up your phone and call me, you likely believe that I will answer if I am available. If I am not available you will leave me a voice mail message only if you believe that I will listen to it and return the call. If you believe that I don’t answer your calls, or listen to voice mail, you will likely try to reach me a different way, or in other words, your action will change based upon what you believe. This is common sense, no?

It is no different in our faith, and this point is made crystal clear by the Bible in the Book of James – faith without works is dead.

“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” – James 2:20 (New King James Version)

I have run across many a Christian who beat the “saved by grace and not of works” drum to justify ungodly behavior. I have also encountered those who follow this mantra alone, are sincere and godly, but really believe that what we do does not matter. The former are hypocrites, the latter have not made the connection between belief and action, or in other words, the connection between faith and works. The Amplified version of the Bible makes this connection more explicit:

“Are you willing to be shown [proof], you foolish (unproductive, spiritually deficient) fellow, that faith apart from [good] works is inactive and ineffective and worthless?” – James 2:20 (Amplified Bible)

Whether we realize it or not, every action we take is born out of what we believe to be true. If you want to know what someone truly believes, just watch what they do (I’m not asking you to judge others here). Someone who lies, clearly believes that it is better to lie than to tell the truth in that instance. Someone who visits the sick clearly believes that there is value in it. Those who believe that God hears prayers will pray, those who do not will not.

Let’s now look in the mirror. What do you believe in? How is your faith displayed by your works? Read the passsage in James a little further: “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works”. Action (works) is born out of belief (faith), and faith without works is dead.

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Action is Born of Belief, Faith Without Works is Dead — 8 Comments

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  2. Let’s be clear here, you are not saved by your works, only the grace of God can save you!

  3. For one thing, it is necessary to classify the discussion between two different categories: SalvationDamnation; FaithWorks.

    Salvation is getting the promise of receiving Christ in one’s life. The active manner of yielding, confessing Him incurs the benefit of His promise, i.e. eternal life. Damnation is everything otherwise from these. Faith is believing what is unseen, what is made known without the warranty of being presented tangibly. Works are simply acts.
    These four variants are individually different. It can only make sense if we bridge them with a common denominator. Yes, salvation. When one receives a benevolent token because he trusted and confessed a hypothesis, the natural inclination of man is gratitude. An individual without such inclination is responding against his nature, hence against himself.
    More so when the hypothesis concerns God, the hypothesis is no mere rhetorics. Good acts inspired by the reward in believing or trusting are gestures of thankfulness, of worship, of praise. Good acts come too in numerous forms.
    If a recipient of the benevolent token scarcely have the heart to render thanksgiving, or worship, praise, gratefulness, whether to man or God, this particular individual is as good as infidel for ungratefulness said in the book of Proverbs: evil will not leave his house.
    Where do you stand and where will that leave you?

  4. Seriously you people seem to be in denial. I am in complete agreement with this. Sherry because we are not saved by works mean we do nothing? What Bible are you reading? The other post was so vague and filled with wordy ramblings I am not sure where you stand. I am not trying to start a war but if you can’t breeze through life what makes you think you can breeze through your walk with Christ

  5. Dude, this is not a church. It’s a website published to bless and entertain the reader, and that’s all. Your action here seems to be born out of the belief that other points of view are less than yours and that you have a need to correct those who may think differently than you – I hope that’s not the case, please forgive me me if I’m wrong. The debate about ‘faith without works is dead’, and the dichotomy of faith versus works in the Christian faith, has been raging for centuries. Far be it from this blog, and those who leave comments, to be able to answer such an age-old debate. There will invariably be differing points of view. Perhaps a little grace is in order here. God bless you.

  6. I strongly believe this post and what the book of James also say about it. Remember when you confessed Jesus into your life it was as a result of you believing in him as written in romans 10:9. You believed and therefore you spoke or prayed that prayer that day. That is a simple example of Works backing your faith. The bible clearly stated that we are not saved by works ONLY but by grace. The only there signifies that the missing element there is faith. If you have faith in it and you do nothing about it what is the essence of your faith. ITS DEAD.

  7. In acts 8:9 simon did believe and was baptized alright but because his evil works couldn’t back his faith he was heading to hell. Think about that scripture seriously and guys you will know we need works to back our faith in every aspect of our Christian walk. Jah bless….

  8. Yes. We are saved by grace through faith, but we are known by our works.

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