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Babylon Bee Satire! FAITH WITHOUT WORKS?


VALDOSTA, GA—After spending several years wallowing in sin and not bothering to allow the Holy Spirit to change his life in any way, local Christian man Nathan Peterson confirmed his findings Wednesday that having faith without works is in fact “incredibly relaxing.”

“Faith alone saves,” he told reporters. “But after you’re saved, it’s important not to do anything at all to contribute to your sanctification. Can you imagine the kind of work I’d have to put into that? I’d have no time for the latest battle royale game, or idly browsing Facebook on my smartphone.”

Peterson pointed out that faith without works allows for a much easier life. “If I allowed my saving faith to be shown through my works, I’d have to be, like, a lot more disciplined. Like a disciple or something. Dying to myself? That just sounds like a whole lot of work.”

The man has also torn the book of James out of his Bible as he found it “offensive” and “problematic.” “Yeah, James was really harshing my mellow,” he said. “All that stuff about faith without works being dead? It was a total bummer.”

At publishing time, Peterson was binge-watching Breaking Bad a third time.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2019 in works

 

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Back to the Basics! Introductory Matters #5 Practice!

What we believe is critical. Faith, in the Scriptures, is not wishful thinking or unreasonable hope. It is a conviction founded on solid evidence.

But faith is more. It is life change. True faith must show itself by works (see the letter of James for his broadside on this issue). When we make faith merely cognitive propositions or cerebral conclusions, our convictions become only internal. Biblical faith is much more than what we think. It is what we do and how we live.

Sheer belief, by itself, is meaningless mental ideas devoid of practical proof. James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder.” But demons aren’t saved; they aren’t redeemed. However one part of their theology is correct — they are trembling monotheists!

2 Peter 1 is quite clear that we must work out our faith — and this working out is a life-long task. Peter says, 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

We are to work on the additives of Christian faith: goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love. Peter says we are to “make every effort to add to your faith . . .”

How’s your addition going? Faith is more than thoughts. It is actions, attitudes, and characteristics of the Lord Jesus!

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in practice

 

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Back to Basics (A Study of Titus 2): Part 14

Let’s continue our study of the Christian life as we look at Titus 2:

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 8.15.29 AM11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. 15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

God’s SAVING grace is also a TEACHING grace (vv. 11-12).  As a WAITING grace (v. 13), it helps us wait for Jesus to return for us. We’ve also seen that Christ gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness (v. 14).

But He also gave Himself for us to purify for Himself (καθαρίσῃ ἑαυτῷ) a people that are His very own (v. 14).  A holy God deserves a pure people.  He did not give Himself just to redeem; He gave Himself to purify!

We notice today that He gave Himself to purify a special kind of people:  “a people Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 7.25.07 AMthat are His very own, eager to do what is good.”  We belong to Him– and He wants us to do good!  I love what John Wesley said.  He said, Do all the good you can by all the means you can in all the ways you can in all the places you can in all the times you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can.”

We can't save ourselves by our good deeds -- but we have been saved to DO good deeds!

We can’t save ourselves by our good deeds — but we have been saved to DO good deeds!

We have been saved to do good as His special people.  A writer by the name of Mary Lyon said,  “Trust in God and do something!” (to be continued)

 

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2015 in Titus 2

 

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How Hard Are YOU Working?

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The Bible teaches that work was not a result of man’s rebellion against God in the garden.  In fact, Genesis indicates that God had work responsibilities for Adam and Eve before they disobeyed by taking of the forbidden tree.  Weary work is the result of the fall!

The Bible has a great deal to say about work.  Jesus, for example, invites those who are weary and heavy-burdened to come to Him for rest, but also for work!  We read in Matthew 11 Jesus saying,   “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Not all are invited to Jesus in this passage.  Only those who FirefoxScreenSnapz583recognize they are weary and burdened.  Those who are not weary and burdened (the object of their “burden” appears to be their own sin before God) are not being invited.  Jesus promises soul rest to those who come to Him, but He also commands them:  “Take my yoke upon you . . .”  A yoke, of course, stood for work.  There is work for the child of God to do.

May I ask you — What work are you doing for God?  Here we have to be careful, don’t we?  There are those who want to do work for God to earn His favor, to somehow pay for their own salvation.

One group asked Jesus, 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” (John 6).  We read that  29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

We are to work, but we can’t work for our salvation.  It is a free gift given to all who believe in Jesus.  But then, as we learn in Ephesians 2:8-10, there’s plenty of WORK for the child of God to do!

Questions:

1.  As you read over Ephesians 2:8-10, what are some of the works God wants you to do?

2.  How can we illustrate to others that trying to work for our salvation is insulting to God?

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2014 in salvation

 

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