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Faith Without Works

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? James 2:14

One of the most misunderstood teachings, maybe in the whole Bible, is faith without works is dead. So what is the Apostle James trying to teach us here? The next scripture I think James makes it pretty clear what hes trying to say, however there are many Christians who like to use this teaching to justify a works based salvation

However as we look into this teaching further, I think you’ll see that James is teaching that works is evidence of our faith in Christ . Our works don’t produce salvation, its only the works of Christ that has given us salvation.

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? James 2:15-16

Here James gives an example, say there is someone who is in need of food and clothing. What should you do for them? If you just tell them that  “I’m praying for you” how does that help them in the meantime? Now I believe in the power of prayer, however if we have the means to help someone, we can be the answer to their prayer!

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. James 2:17-18

So the principle of this teaching is if we have faith in Christ then it should produce some evidence of that faith. This is why Baptism is an essential doctrine of Christianity, it demonstrates the faith you have in Jesus as your Lord

We shouldn’t confuse this teaching however with works being the evidence of our salvation. As salvation is in Christ alone and not by our own works. However Jesus wants us to be his hands and feet, let our works be the evidence of Christ love for us Amen!


Fulfill The Law

If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: James 2:8

One of Jesus core teachings is to Love your Neighbor as you love yourself (Matthew 22:39) And as you read the teachings of the Apostles , this has also been the core theme of Christianity also. Jesus summed up the entire Law in Love God and Love Your Neighbor.

This may sound like an easy teaching, however the more you interact with people , the harder you see it becomes. Jesus even took it a step further and said we should Love our enemies also (Matthew 5:44) This takes love to a whole new level.

Loving your family , while some may be impressed with themselves by that, is a gimme by Gods standards. However loving people who persecute you or have wronged you in some way, now that’s when the love of Christ is demonstrated. As Jesus was being crucified on the cross, he said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”, now that’s love!

But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:9-10

Now when we talk about Gods Law, this causes a lot of conversation among Christians. There are many Christians who even today are striving to live under The Law. However as James says, “If you break one law you broke the entire Law”. Keeping The Law of God perfectly is not humanly possible, this is why we need a Savior. This is why Christ died for us!

Jesus fulfilled The Law in our place (Matthew 5:17) and made things simpler for us. Love God and Love Your Neighbor and this is the fulfillment of The Law! There are many who still today cant accept this! They want to be under the Law, which the Law leads to death (Romans 7:10)

The amazing Grace of God through Jesus Christ! Remember to Love Your Neighbor as Christ love You first! Amen!


Did Jesus Return in 1914?

Did Jesus return in 1914?

The Jehovah Witnesses teach that Jesus returned to Earth on 1914, did this really happen? If Jesus did return to Earth, why hasn’t anyone seen him? Didn’t Jesus say that everyone would seem him when he returned?


Look! He is coming with the clouds,o and every eye will see him, and those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief because of him.p Yes, Amen. Revelation 1:7 (NWT)

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1:7 (KJV)

In Revelation it clearly shows us when Christ returns that every eye will see him. That means everyone in the world will know when Jesus returns to Earth, it won’t be a secret. If Christ did return in 1914, why was it not historically documented anywhere? Not to mention, when Christ returns this will kickstart the judgement of the world according to the Bible

Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened,f and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.g 30  Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief,h and they will see the Son of mani coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.*j Matthew 24:29-30 (NWT)

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:29-30 (KJV)

Jesus teaches us that after the tribulation He will return. Did we go through the tribulation yet? Of course not. As we read further the sun will be darkened and stars will fall from Heaven, was any of this recorded during 1914? No, there is no historical record of any event happening

Next Jesus tells us again everyone will see Christ in the sky and everyone on Earth will mourn. Again was there any historical record of anyone seeing Jesus in 1914. Again the Bible is clear when Christ returns the entire world will see him

36  “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows,o neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father Matthew 24:36 (NWT)

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Matthew 24:36 (KJV)

Jesus goes on to teach that “Nobody” knows the day or hour when Christ will return except the Father. The fact that the JW’s are claiming Christ returned on 1914 is not only wrong, but Biblically it makes them a heretic

So why are the JW’s pushing this doctrine when it clearly didn’t happen and is not Biblical?

Because their founder Charles Taze Russell made false prophecies, so rather than the Watchtower rebuke his false teachings, they conformed their doctrine to fit his false prophecies

No Favorites with God

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. James 2:1

God does not show favoritism (Romans 2:11) Doesn’t matter what nationality or race you are, doesn’t matter if your rich or poor, tall or short, God reads the heart and mind. One thing the world does is make the mistake of favoring people because of money, including the Church.

Think about society , we listen to celebrities and athletes because they have lots of money and influence, but most of them have zero credentials on the issues they are discussing. Now think about the average person on the street, do you give them the same time and attention you would a celebrity? No, why? Because we automatically show favoritism to people who are wealthy and popular

For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? James 2:2-4

The Apostle James gives an example here, a rich man and a poor man both come to a Church service. The Pastor greets the rich man and gives him a special seat, while the poor man he tells him to sit in the back because hes probably embarrassed by his appearances. We instinctively by human nature judge people based on appearances and money status.

Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? James 2:5-6

But Gods Kingdom is not like this world, the first will be last and the last will be first (Matthew 20:16) That poor man that you sent to the back of the building, might have been the greatest servant of your Church. Point is, we are not to judge people as the world judges people.

Another point James makes is, these same rich people that you so desperately want in your Church are the same people who are oppressing the poor. Again God judges the heart and has no regard for your wallet

While this is just one example, the lesson God is showing us is to not show favoritism to anyone. We are all one through Jesus Christ! Amen!


Bad Religion

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. James 1:26

Often when we here about people rejecting Christianity, they often cite that they had a bad “religious “ experience. We need to remember religion is not the same as having a relationship with Christ! Often religion is the development of man made rules and doctrine , most often don’t even reflect what is written in the Bible

There are a lot of people who are very devoted to their religion, however never had a Born Again experience with Christ. Jesus said unless you are Born Again, you wont see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3) its important to understand that no matter how religious you are, unless your Born Again you are not saved

As the scripture says “The mans religion is in vain” you can follow all the rules of your religion and be a devout follower. But unless you became Born Again, its all in vein. Truly its not about the works we do, but the works Jesus has already done for us!

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27

Now with all that said, I’m not saying that religion is totally a bad thing. As the word religion really means “a set of beliefs” its only when you make your religion an idol over your Creator. “Pure Religion” as stated in scripture is when you are doing the will of our Father, as Jesus stated Love God and Love Your Neighbor

Pure religion is being the light of the world and salt of the Earth. Be careful how you practice your religion, as not to be a stumbling block for non believers. Remember become Born Again in Christ are your religion is all in vein, Amen!

Do Jehovah Witnesses Partake in Communion?

Do Jehovah Witnesses partake in Communion?

Once I attended a “Memorial Service” after being invited by the Jehovah Witnesses. Typically this event occurs on Nissan 14 or Passover, which is the day believed that Jesus had the Lords Supper with his disciples before being arrested and crucified.

The service for the most part seemed normal, until it came time for Communion. While the elders passed around the elements (Bread and Wine) everyone refused to partake in communion. This left me bewildered, and I had to research their reasoning for this. As we see from the website, only the 144,000 are in the “New Covenant” therefor they are the only ones who can partake in communion

This obviously brings some questions:

  1. If the majority of JW’s are not in the New Covenant, how are they saved?
  2. Jesus commanded us to “Do this in remembrance of Him”, if they are rejecting communion, are they not rejecting Christ?
  3. Where in the Bible does it state the 144,000 should only take Communion?
  4. Where in the Bible does it state the 144,000 are the only ones in the New Covenant?

Next I would like to take a look at some scriptures and compare it to there NWT (New Word Translation)

16  The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of the Christ?v The loaf that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of the Christ?w 17  Because there is one loaf, we, although many, are one body,x for we are all partaking of that one loaf. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (NWT)

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (KJV)

The Apostle Paul taught pretty deeply about Communion , mostly referenced 1 Corinthians 10 and 11. Here we see in both translations, we ALL partake in Communion. Even in the NWT this is very clear, there is no teaching here that only specific Christians are to partake in Communion.

Notice the Body of Christ (Christians) are One united body. Communion is an outward expression of that unity in Christ. Refusal to take Communion as a Believer, is almost the denunciation of professing Christ as Lord

And as they continued eating, he took a loaf, said a blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “Take it; this means my body.”x 23  And taking a cup, he offered thanks and gave it to them, and they all drank out of it.y 24  And he said to them: “This means my ‘bloodz of the covenant,’a which is to be poured out in behalf of many.b Mark 14:22-24 (NWT)

And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Mark 14:22-24 (KJV)

In both translations, Jesus clearly says that his body and blood was poured out for many. Jesus didn’t say his offering was only for the 144,000. Jesus also says the blood is the sign of his New Covenant. Anyone who is saved by Christ is in his New Covenant. Jesus never says that only the 144,000 are in his Covenant. Secondly if you profess to be a Christian and are not in the New Covenant, how are you saved? Are you under the Mosaic Law then?

28  First let a man approve himself after scrutiny,y and only then let him eat of the loaf and drink of the cup. 29  For the one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment against himself 1 Corinthians 11:28-29 (NWT )

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 1 Corinthians 11:28-29 (KJV)

Here the Apostle Paul teaches that we should examine ourselves before partaking in Communion. Meaning if we should examine our relationship with Christ or have any unrepented sin, before we take Communion we should make sure we are coming to the Lords Table with pure intentions. Paul never says that only the 144,000 are to partake in Communion. As Paul says “Let them partake”

19  Also, he took a loaf,m gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “This means my body,n which is to be given in your behalf.o Keep doing this in remembrance of me.”p 20  Also, he did the same with the cup after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenantq by virtue of my blood,r which is to be poured out in your behalf.s Luke 22:19-20 (NWT)

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:19-20 (KJV)

Jesus clearly commands us to “Do this in remembrance of Him” Anyone who refuses Communion as a Christian is clearly defying the Lords commands. Nowhere in the New Testament does it state that Communion is optional or only specific to the 144,000

In fact if you truly have a personal relationship with Christ, you would want to partake in Communion to be in fellowship with him





Hear and Do

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22

We heard the old expression “if your going to talk the talk, then walk the walk”, this is what God is saying to us! Its one thing to hear the Word of God, its another thing to actually Do it. Its nice if somebody decides to go to Church, maybe they even profess to be a Christian, however if they don’t ever change or do what God tells them, they are deceiving themselves.

If somebody claimed to be a doctor, but never practiced medicine in their life, were they really a doctor? Or if somebody claimed to be a truck driver and never drove a truck in their life, are they actually a truck driver? Point is , if you claim to be a Christian, but never do anything Jesus told us to do, are you actually a Christian?

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. James 1:23-24

Some of you may ask, well how do I know if I’m a Christian then or not? Well honestly anyone who has answered the calling by Jesus, was never the same again! When you come to Jesus, your life is totally transformed, may not happen overnight, but over time you don’t even recognize who you were before

The scripture says, “Anyone who hears the Word of God, but doesn’t actually do it, is like someone who looks in the mirror and doesn’t even recognize themselves” Why? Because they are hypocritical, their walk doesn’t match their talk

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:25

The perfect Law of God is our mirror, when we look at it we can see our sinful nature. Then we recognize we need a Savior, Jesus Christ! Repent of your sins (Do), Follow Jesus (Do), Read your Bible (Do), Pray to God without ceasing (Do) Let the Holy Spirit teach and sanctify you (Do) Fellowship with other Christians (Do) Go make disciples of Christ (Do)

This is not a work based salvation, its evidence of your transformation in Christ, Amen!



Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20

One of the drawbacks of social media, is often we are slow to hear and quick to speak, which is the opposite of what God advises us to do. Often we get trapped in social media disputes that are fruitless and often cause more harm than good. What if we took Gods advice to be quick to hear and slow to speak?

Think about how different some situations would have gone, if you just held your tongue and kept your mouth shut. The problem is once we say something, we can never take it back. We can apologize however the words have already been spoken, and sometimes those words are ingrained in the others person mind for a long time

However all of this also leads to a confrontation. As the old saying goes, it take two to tangle. When we get in arguments they can quickly escalate, sometimes into violence. This is why God is advising us, slow down! Listen to the person first, even if you don’t agree with them. Try to process what they are saying, try to see if from their perspective. And be very slow to respond to them, if you respond at all. This will help you avoid unnecessary wrath in your life

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21

Jesus said “The meek shall inherit the Earth” (Matthew 5:5) We need to learn to develop Meekness! This is something that doesn’t sound very appealing to the world. We live in a world that teaches us “Dog Eat Dog” and “Only the strong will survive” however this is the opposite of what God teaches us

Remember when Jesus was on trial, many times he just kept silent and allowed the Religious leaders and Pilate to make false accusations. We don’t always have to respond to everyone to satisfy them, think about what would satisfy God instead

So next time your involved in a conversation, whether in person or on social media, be quick to hear and slow to speak. This will help you avoid unnecessary confrontations and stay in peace with Christ Amen!