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What does James teach about faith?

Submitted: 2/10/2009
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Question: What does the book of James teach us about faith? What does it take to have this kind of faith?

Answer: The book of James famously declares, 'For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also' (James 2:26). This tells us that faith is more than a mere acceptance of truth; true faith is always expressed in a person's actions. As W.E. Vine says: “When a man obeys God he gives the only possible evidence that in his heart he believes God. Of course it is persuasion of the truth that results in faith (we believe because we are persuaded that the thing is true, a thing does not become true because it is believed).” And as Christian writer David Bernard explains: “The only way God or anyone else sees our faith is through our response. Faith is not just a condition of the mind but a life-changing force.” For more on this subject, please read our article called 'Faith, Fact, and Experience' found on Shelf 1 of the Apostolic Free Library on this website.