Continuing our consideration of this passage, we look at the erroneous views that some have held concerning the place of works in salvation. We first emphasize the Biblical view that James outlines: true saving faith justifies us and inevitably leads to the fruit of good works in our lives.

In contrast, we then examine the view of those who believe:

  • that our works are added in various ways to our faith in order to justify us
  • that it is our works that save us, in the absence of any Biblical concept of faith
  • that there is no necessity for works at all and that we do not have to change the way that we live and become obedient to God if we are truly saved

Once again we are called upon to examine our hearts and to look for evidence of the works that must be there if our faith is saving faith indeed.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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