Do We Need “Good Works” and “Faith” to be Saved? Book of James Explained

The Roman Catholic Church is quite clear in their stance that Roman Catholics must have “Good Works” as well as Faith to be saved. It is in their Catechism:

The specific precepts of the natural law, because their observance, demanded by the Creator, is necessary for salvation,” (CCC, par. 2010).

“The Decalogue [the Ten Commandments] contains a privileged expression of the natural law. It is made known to us by divine revelation and by human reason,” (CCC 2080).

” . . . the Second Vatican Council confirms: ‘The bishops, successors of the apostles, receive from the Lord . . . the mission of teaching all peoples, and of preaching the Gospel to every creature, so that all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments,'” (CCC 2068).

However this is not a biblically based doctrine. It is a dangerous doctrine that if the Roman Catholic believes, will be on their way to hell. The RC will cite the book of James as proof that works are required for Salvation! However this is not true.

James begins this section by using the example of someone who says he has faith but has no works, “What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?” (James 2:14). In other words, James is addressing the issue of a dead faith; that is nothing more than a verbal pronouncement. It is empty of life and action. He begins with the negative and demonstrates what an empty faith is (verses 15-17, words without actions). Then he shows that that type of faith isn’t much different from the faith of demons (verse 19). Finally, he gives examples of living faith that is words followed by actions. He writes of Abraham and Rahab as examples of people who demonstrated their faith by their deeds. In brief, James is examining two kinds of faith: one that leads to godly works and one that does not. One is true, and the other is false. One is dead, the other alive; hence, “Faith without works is dead,” (James 2:20).

Please pray for the Roman Catholic follower to repent and leave that apostate religion.

God Bless

Brian Mason

The Apostles’ Creed

 
 
 
This creed came from the early Western church and should be thought of as a summary of the Apostles’ teaching rather than directly attributable to them.  Originally it was essentially a baptismal confession and had several variations.  The form in use today dates from the eighth century.

 

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, 
born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried.
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints;
The forgiveness of sin;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting. Amen.

As a footnote; The word “catholic” in lower case “c” is the universal Christian Church, not the Roman Catholic Church.

 

The Reliability of the Bible

Recently I posted a video of Dr. James White doing a sermon on “The Reliability of the New Testament”. To further buttress his sermon I would like to add some points on not only the reliability of the New Testament, but the Bible in general:

1. The Bible is 98% textually pure. Through all the copying of the Biblical manuscripts of the entire Bible, only 2% has any question about it. Nothing in all of the ancient writings of the entire world approaches the accuracy of the biblical documents.

2. The 2 percent that is in question does not affect doctrine. The areas of interest are called variants, and they consist mainly in variations of wording and spelling.

3. The NT has over 5000 supporting Greek manuscripts existing today with another 20,000 manuscripts in other languages. Some of the manuscript evidence dates to within 100 years of the original writing. There is less than a 2% textual variation in the NT manuscripts.

4. Some of the supporting manuscripts of the NT are:
1. John Rylands MS written around A.D. 130, the oldest existing fragment of the gospel of John.
2. Bodmer Papyrus II (A.D. 150-200).
3. Chester Beatty Papyri (A.D. 200) contains major portions of the NT.
4. Codex Vaticanus (A.D. 325-350) contains nearly all the Bible.
5. Codex Sinaiticus (A.D. 350) contains almost all the NT and over half of the OT.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Are We To Obey God’s Law or Mans Law?

Obey God’s Law:
1. (Acts 5:29) – “But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men.”

Obey Man’s Law:
1. (Romans 13:1) – “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”

2. (1 Peter 2:13) – “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,”

Our absolute commission is to obey God. Christians are to follow human law with the exception of when human law infringes upon God’s Law. God tells us in scripture to also obey human laws, so we should. The other side of it is that if Man’s Law collides with God’s Law we are to obey God over Man.

God Bless

Brian Mason

What Are Some Problems of Atheism?

Here is a post from Chris Lockwood (comment) on Quora.com:

I tried to respond to this comment directly. however the site was not allowing me access.

I will dissect and refute the points that Mr. Lockwood posted, as this is a very typical response that atheists have against Christianity.

“Religions are like viruses (I do not mean this in any kind of derogatory way).”
– Oh no, I always use the word “Virus” as a term of endearment!

“To spread and remain viable, they evolve and adapt to pressures around them.”
– I wish he would have elaborated on that statement, but it is easy to just come up with such statements.

“There are a lot of dead religions today because they lacked mechanisms to ensure survival.”
– This inadvertently defends the Christian Faith, as it is the Truth and Christianity is stronger than ever.

“Twenty-first century Christianity is almost unrecognizable compared ninth century Christianity.”
– I again wish that Mr. Lockwood had elaborated more upon that statement with examples. He may have been thinking about Roman Catholicism as it is always changing and non-Christian. As well the Holy Bible has remained the same, barring different language translations, as the Dead Sea Scrolls and early Papyri confirms the written Word. (See link on bottom for an in depth article)

“Religions thrive on blind faith acceptance of authority and doctrine…”
– Blind Faith is actually dangerous. How would you know if there were false prophets? Jesus said: 1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” A verse telling us that blind faith is wrong! The verse is telling us we should “test the spirits” to see if they give evidence that they are indeed from God.
– Evolution is a great example of “Blind Faith! Faith is trust in something or someone. It is a confidence that something is true even if that which is believed cannot be logically proven as being true. Faith is often based on experience, the repeatability of events with logical expectation that such events will continue in the same manner, etc. Sometimes faith is based on no evidence and no logic. This is called “blind faith”.

“…often creating an emotional attachment to their belief and a blindspot where reason is concerned. This is an enormous obstacle to overcome. As a result, atheism is viewed as a threat to the point that atheists are often demonized and ridiculed.
– Oh really, let’s see what the famous atheist Richard Dawkins has to say about that….”Ridicule (Christians) is the best response, never violence. Laugh at them, mock their ridiculous beliefs…(Twitter Jan 10 2015 9:46 AM.)

“The emotional attachment people many people have with their religion is so strong that it obscures logical discourse”
– Just like evolution?

Here is his post in full:

“Here’s the thing: Religions are like viruses (I do not mean this in any kind of derogatory way). To spread and remain viable, they evolve and adapt to pressures around them. There are a lot of dead religions today because they lacked mechanisms to ensure survival. Twenty-first century Christianity is almost unrecognizable compared ninth century Christianity.

Religions thrive on blind faith acceptance of authority and doctrine, often creating an emotional attachment to their belief and a blindspot where reason is concerned. This is an enormous obstacle to overcome. As a result, atheism is viewed as a threat to the point that atheists are often demonized and ridiculed. (This reaction is designed more to keep the religious within their ranks, rather than to convert atheists.) The emotional attachment people many people have with their religion is so strong that it obscures logical discourse”.

Chris Lockwood, Graphic Artist
Quora.com
Posted May 5, 2015

God Bless

Brian Mason

https://carm.org/a-brief-history-of-bible-translations

Crazy Bible HD

I present the small movie that Ray Comfort produced called “Crazy Bible”. Some of his tactics and ideas of presenting the Gospel are a bit unusual, but this is an interseting bit. Please share this with your unbelieving friends. Ray is a Christian. His “Way of the Master” presents the Law first and Grace second. Not a route I would necessarily go, however he exposes the atheist’s weak positions and makes it a bit laughable!

Please pray for Ray, and the unbelievers to see the message clearly.

God Bless!

Brian Mason