Faith in God is a necessary ingredient in the Healing process. Man is not God.
Peace and Love,
Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal July 20, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
CHRISTIANITY: FALSE TEACHING, FALSE DOCTRINES
THE MIRACLES OF HEALING
PART 33: THE BOOK OF JAMES &
the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
James the brother of Jesus was not an
Apostle but a servant of Jesus Christ. The Bible notes that he was a
significant leader in the
In 1 Corinthians 15:7 we see the
conversion of James when Jesus appeared to him after the resurrection. He was
noted by Paul as one of the three pillars of the church in
James writes about faith in -26. His statements do not
disagree with Paul and his statements on faith. However James refutes the
established Jewish notion that saving faith is the intellectual acceptance of
doctrines, rules etc.
Faith results in good works. Thus,
they both compliment each other. James responds to several problems in the
church. One significant problem was the confusion over the doctrine of the free
gift of righteousness through faith (Romans -17). Many of these Christians claimed that a
Christian, having faith did not need works. They overlooked the fact that true
faith would be revealed in works.
Therefore these people were denying
that Christ gave of himself for our deliverance (Titus ). Thus James notes that intellectual faith
was not significant for the Christian. Intellectual faith would ignore the need
for faith to affect the heart.
James 2:14. "What doth it
profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can
faith save him?
True faith affects change. Our
conduct as well as our thoughts are changed. Thus, our lives are changed. If
there is change we do not believe in the truths we claim to believe. In this
passage James is not contradicting what Paul says: "a man is declared
righteous by faith apart from works of law." (Romans 3:28)
For example James noted that any
so-called faith that does not cause the person to do good works is not genuine
Matthew 5:16. "Let your light
shine before men, that they may see your fine works and give glory to your
Father who is in the heavens?"
The phase, "can faith save
him" from James notes that faith is false without works. James notes in
James 1:21, true faith in God's Word can save our souls. However, James is
discussing works different from Paul writing in Romans 3 & 4.
Paul writes that works cannot bring
one a declaration of righteousness. But James speaks about Christian works that
are motivated, not by a code, but by faith and love.
James 2:17. "Even so faith, if
it hath not works, is dead, being alone."
Faith with no action does nothing for
the possessor or God. (See Ecclesiastes 9:5-6). As we serve and obey God we
show our commitment to God.
However, our service is not a means
to earn our way to heaven. Sincere service does not render peace and paradise
but verifies our faith in Christ.
James 2:26. "For the body
without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
When the body is dead there is no
force or spirit. Thus merely professed faith is as lifeless and un-productive
as a dead body. Faith cannot be seen but works of faith can be seen and
observed. The agreement with a set of Christian teachings is incomplete without
faith. True faith transforms our conduct as well as our thoughts.
Again we note that Paul speaks against those who try to be saved by works instead of faith. James speaks against those who confuse mere intellectual agreement with true faith. In the Bible faith has a twofold purpose:
Thus, as faith affects healing true
faith results in a changed life and good works. Active obedience to God's laws
shows our faith is real.
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