What doth it profit,
my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?
can faith save him? 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? 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. Thou believest
that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe,
and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without
works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works,
when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Seest thou how faith
wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed
God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was
called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man
is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab
the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers,
and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the
spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:14-26 kjv)