Really. You can read ANYTHING into Scripture that you want by pulling things out of context.
James is not talking to believers about salvation. He’s talking about how Christians are to behave once they’re saved. (1:1 shows that this letter is written to believers.) And, you’ll notice that he says, “… don’t be hearers ONLY…” The behavior of a Christian matters, BUT NOT FOR SALVATION. Works save no one.
Matthew: Just prior to this, Jesus had said that there will be false teachers (Mt 7:15-20.) Now he’s saying that there will be false believers. The rest of the passage in Luke 7 continues, “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” This passage is not saying that salvation is by works.
But Jesus does answer the question about the work of God in John 6:25-20. "28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
Unlike all other religions, Christianity teaches that we CAN NOT reach heaven by works. It is attained by trust in the completed work of Jesus.
Except that this is not the entrance requirement.
Westminster Shorter Catechism – Question 1Q: What is the chief end of man?A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
May I paraphrase you? “God doesn’t exist and I hate him.”
And now we get to see how this story thread unravels.
I think that they read the label and Alice said, “That’s it’s name.”
It’s not about me at all. It’s about Jesus.
Thanks for proving my point by making assumptions about me. I’m sure not the only “true” Christian. But the essence of what Christianity IS is pretty simple. What you’re denying is that many people pervert it for their own purposes.
What make you think that these two thoughts are causally related?
It’s amazing how people pervert what Christianity is.