James’ Faith & Works

What James’ “faith and works” discourse might read like in the USA context:

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have the “right” position on a civil or moral issue in the name of faith, but does not have works? Can such conviction save or sanctify him? So, if a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed, because I voted with you in mind,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way, your conviction, if it does not have works, that is to say a tangible actionable boots-on-the-ground witness, is dead by itself. But someone will say, “You have conviction, and I have works.”

Show me your conviction without works, without your personal, tangible, actionable, boots-on-the-ground witness, and I will show you my conviction by my works—I’ll show you the receipts.”

‭‭~ James‬ ‭2:14-18‬ ‭Contextualized

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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