Many are trying to use James 2:24 as proof works for Salvation and against Salvation by Faith Alone –
- James 2:24) “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.“
However this is seriously taking James chapter 2 out of context, because this is talking to Christians ALREADY SAVED and it’s regarding charity and Christian behaviour, NOT SALVATION. Please read the whole chapter of James 2 for context, it’s not talking about Salvation, it’s talking about the works of a believer after salvation in context to how you will be perceived by others, living a Christ-like life as a testimony to others so they would see and want to know what you have so you can give a reason of the hope that lies within you.
- 1Peter 3:15) “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:“
What this means, is that the works will define WHO IS a Christian, not in that it MAKES YOU a Christian. Matthew 7) “By their fruits ye shall know them” and James 2 show that any that say they are a Christian but their works deny it, they are still in sin and are not saved.
- Titus 1:16) “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.“
But if their actions show fruit of the Spirit we can know by this that they are of God. This is how we as mortal men can see the proof of their conversion, because only God can see the heart. However many take this to mean that works save you, confusing this with Salvation, and this is wrong because as the whole rest of Scriptures teaches faith alone saves, works does not save, it proves the heart it doesn’t save it.
Salvation is a free gift, no maintenance, no earning of favor, and once given it cannot be taken away. Ephesians 4:30) “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” – – if we do grieve Him we just confess and we are cleansed. The Father doesn’t disown the wayward child, but like the prodigal son the goodness of God leads us to repentance and cleansing.
- When did the prodigal son cease to be a son of the Father?
Not by works, Not by righteous works, Not by deeds of the law, and Not by sight. But by Faith alone, through Grace alone, by Jesus Christ who is God alone.
- Titus 3:5 / Ephesians 2:8-9 / Galatians 2:16 / 2 Corinthians 5:7 / Romans 1:17 / Romans 6:14 / Hebrews 10:38
Romans 10:9-10) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
After believing and repenting you are sealed/saved, then because of your love for Christ you want to follow Him.
Acts 10:43) “**To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.*”
- It’s not because you have to but because you want to.
Any idea of self merit affecting salvation in earning to gain, maintaining to keep, or self atonement for sins is heresy and the person is not saved. The same goes for believing that Baptism saves, forgives, or seals with the Spirit – it’s still a belief in a form of righteous works that affects salvation – this is heresy too. It’s all through Christ’s merit on the Cross and His Resurrection, or else through attempting in your own merit you earn Hell.
James 2 is talking to Christians already saved, and it’s talking about charity and Christian behavior for promotion of the Faith, not maintenance of salvation. If it was talking about works for salvation, then Paul is a liar, James and Paul are butting heads, God wrote a contradiction in His Word and is then the author of confusion, and would then not be God. Correlating with the rest of Scripture shows there is literally no way one could make works for salvation on any level truly work with the layout of Scripture. Salvation would then not be by Grace as it says if works were involved.
And this Salvation can never be lost or taken away – Romans 8:1 no condemnation unto those in Christ. Any sin after that brings chastisement, not disowning or a casting away. John 15:1-6 is paired with 1 Cor 5:1-5 / Psalm 66:18 / Prov 28:9 / James 1:6-7 about God’s discipline, and nowhere does it relate to losing salvation or having it being taken away.
In addition: Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26 is speaking about the unsaved falling away (rejecting) enlightenment, the knowledge of , the taste of salvation – they had not yet taken hold. This does not relate to the saved giving up or losing salvation as many think.
- Losing Salvation, or it being taken away, given up – denotes a working to keep it. But it’s not by works or righteous works, deeds of the law, or by sight. It’s by Grace alone through Faith alone.
By Grace are you saved through Faith – Not by works or self merit.
Please do not take Scripture out of context, pair it with the rest of the Word of God. If any teaching, doctrine, opinion, or ideology contradicts any other part of Scripture, then your teaching, doctrine, opinion, or ideology is wrong and God is right. Don’t try to dictate God or presume your thoughts over what is already written, believe what has already been dictated by God and follow it, not man’s opinions and denominational rulings of belief.
Works for Salvation is a lie of Satan, since the Garden of Eden he has tried to implement the religion of making you your own god “ye can be as gods“. Works based religions make you your own god, because you are counting on your own merit and own righteousness and not the righteousness of Christ or the work of Christ. Works removes Christ from the Cross and puts yourself there. It then gives credence to Pride and Boasting, because you have now saved yourself by your own ways and thus have made yourself a god just like Satan said in the beginning. Works is a lie of the devil.
“LET GOD BE TRUE AND EVERY MAN A LIAR”