Thursday, December 24, 2009

Faith & Works

Andy's Naselli's paraphrase of Dan G. McCartney on James 2:14-26:

* Breathing is evidence of a living body, and good works is evidence of a living faith.
* Not breathing is evidence of a dead body, and the absence of good works is evidence of a dead faith.
* You can’t revitalize a corpse by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and you can’t create genuine faith by good works.

McCartney's conclusion on the passage:

James’s principal point is not in doubt, in any case: that which distinguishes living faith from dead faith is works of faith. By no means does any of this suggest that one could create genuine faith by works, any more than an effort at mouth-to-mouth resuscitation could revitalize a corpse.

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