Chapter 50 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” (James 2.14).
Faith or works? On the surface it seems like Paul’s emphasis was on faith and faith alone, while James emphasized the importance of works. So who was right? Are we saved by faith or by our works?
There has always been a battle within the church between the two. Some might say that the Apostle Paul is the champion of the “faith crowd.” After all, didn’t he say we were saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2.8-9)?
But then there is James reminding us that “faith without works is dead” (Jas. 2.20-26) and adding “even the demons believe and tremble” (Jas. 2.18-19). Continue reading