Faith Without Works is Dead
James 2:14-26 says,
"What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? ... faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, 'You have faith; I have deeds.' Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, 'Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,' and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead."
Introduction: It that season of life were the media: News papers, radio and TV are reminding us of the up coming 2016 election. While studying 1 and 2 Kings - I notice that all God has to bless a nation is rise up good leadership. Of those who had a reverent fear of the Lord, God would say, "[they] did what was right in the eyes of the Lord." In the old testament - like today, there were very few leaders God could say that about. Most leaders in the Old Testament were like most leaders today, the Bible say this about them, "They did evil in the eyes of the Lord."
David Barton, a Constitutional Lawyer -- once shared the story about a young Frenchman, a political leader who visited America after the time the Revolutionary War. It was during a time of great growth - He went and told the leaders of France, "the strength of America, is not in the might of her army, the wealth of her businesses, but in the health of her churches." That was a time when pastors wrote sermons dealing with the issues of the day and publishing them the local paper. They addressed the issues of the day in the pulpit on a regular basis.
That was a time when most of our American leadership - had a reverent fear of the Lord.
Over the last forty years or so - pastors have not done the hard work of writing and making sure their teaching of God's Word are getting out into the general public. People have elected leadership based on worldly viewpoints, not from Biblical understanding of the selection of statesmen who want to serve God.
Former United States House of Representatives, Todd Akin said, "There is a whole generation of Christians growing up that think they are saved. They have given their sins to Jesus, yet they vote for politicians who support views that break the heart of God. When this generation is asked, 'how does this square with church?' they say, 'What does that have to do with it? That is what I do on Sunday.'" (Akin Sermon at First Assembly of God, 7292012)
Proposition: I would propose to you - there are Election Applications that are pleasing to the Lord. There are ways of putting our faith into action, so we may be called a friend of God.
November 13, 2015 - God's Voting Guide
It is that time when Americans are given the opportunity (and responsibility) to vote for those who hold public offices. This privilege is given to us by God for it is He who raised this form of government in our country through our Founding Fathers. Many of them had a reverent fear of the Lord. George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” Romans 13:1 says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
The Lord had called forth a great leader, Moses, to deliver His people from the hajkmn nd of Pharaoh who had held God’s people in bondage. After their deliverance and while Moses was judging the disputes of the people Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, gave Moses some very good advice that Americans would do well to heed. “Select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.” (Exodus 18:21) Matthew Henry in his exposition on Exodus 18:21 wrote, “[Jethro] advised such a model of government… such as [believes] there is a God above them, whose eye is upon them, to whom they are accountable….”
At this critical time America needs men and women who will rule this nation in the fear of God. We need statesmen, not politicians, who are men and women of prayer and who passionately seek God’s wisdom through the written Word of God. Most of our Founding Fathers had great knowledge of God’s Word and they knew what was to be done.
One of them was Noah Webster. He wrote the following: "When you become entitled to exercise the right to voting for public offices let it impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose as rulers men who rule in the fear of God... The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect this duty and place unprincipled men in office the government will soon be corrupted..."
God’s voting guide directs you to vote for persons who have the Godly character of Hezekiah who “…trusted in the Lord…. He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow Him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses.” (2 Kings 18:5) The Lord God desires that we elect persons that will stand firmly on what is right and true according to God’s Word…men and women who publicly confess Him and long to make decisions according to His will. Vote to please Him!
The God who created the universe and raised up America has from the time of the prophet Samuel given the people of God the privilege to choose their leaders. (1 Samuel 8) The Bible also warns and records the bad things that came upon the people because a unrighteous leader came to governmental power. The Word of God also teaches the blessing that came upon the people because a man who fears the Lord came into a place of leadership. (1 and 2 Kings) The Bible says, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, ...From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all of mankind; from His dwelling place He watches all who live upon the earth." (Psalm 33:12-14)
God has always raised up possible rulers: Those who serve themselves, taking from the people of God (1 Samuel 8) or rulers who rule in the true fear of the Lord. Which one will you vote for?
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