I am in a discussion with a non-Catholic Christian who doesn’t accept me as Christian (Which I am finding it very hard not to take offense to but keeping my composure) Explained that I agree with Grace Alone but Not Faith alone and of course shared James 2:14-26
She has responded back that James and Paul were talking about different kinds of faith.
Need help with a defense and response back.
Below here is what she wrote to me:
*>> I took the time to pray and seek God’s wisdom on this… because clearly we are not in agreement when it comes to salvation, faith and the gospel.
This reference, “…through faith—and this is not from yourselves,” - means that the faith to believe in Christ comes from God - genuine saving faith comes from God. You then add James’ words to Paul’s. Whereas Paul emphasizes faith as the ‘root’ of salvation, James emphasizes works as the ‘fruit’ of salvation. Abraham believed God, and it (his faith in God) was counted to him for righteousness (Gen 15:6; Rom 4:3; Eph 2:8-9). He demonstrated his righteousness by works (James).
What says the Scripture:
- “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” - Titus 3:5
- “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” - 1 Peter 1:3
- “To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved” - Eph 1:6
God saves us apart from works. He saw us in our need, and provided the Savior, Who shed His blood to pay for our sins, died in our place and rose again to confirm it. When God opens a person’s eyes to see, and that one turns to God and trusts Christ alone, the Holy Spirit makes that one alive (regenerates).
Many are blinded at the one point of deliverance - the gospel.
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” - 2 Cor 4:3-4.
I pray The Lord to reveal His Truth to you by which you would be saved.
If you wish to take up another issue with me on anything I’ve posted, please feel free to do so by PM. I’ll be happy to give you my number. This is a gravely important issue – but very time consuming and also on other friends’ newsfeed who may not care or have the time to go through all that.
Nonetheless, I pray it will cause anyone to search their own heart about the Scriptures and their own salvation. I’m done & leave you with this from the Word:
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” John 6:28-29, 40, 47, 65<<*