When James writes about dead faith in James 2:14-26, many people think he is referring to faith that does not exist. But this is not the message of James. What is dead faith? It is useless faith. It is faith that does exist, but is not accomplishing what God wants or desires for it.
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Since Jesus is my authority, I agree with Jesus that the Scriptures are authoritative only as long as they point us to Jesus. We cannot follow the authority of Jesus without the authority of Scripture, for Scripture teaches us and informs about Jesus.
Is Paul teaching in Ephesians 2:1 that unbelievers cannot even believe in Jesus for eternal life unless God first regenerates them? Must God give unbelievers new life (regeneration) before they believe and so that they can believe? No. This is not what it means to be dead in trespasses and sins.
Most Christians are doing more harm than good with how they attempt to share Jesus with others. Many of the modern evangelistic efforts of Christians only do harm to the cause of Christ and the message of the gospel. If you want to see what I mean, I explain it all in parable form through my new book, Adventures in Fishing for Men.
The Hermeneutics of the Biblical Writers is a book which shows that the central principle of Bible study we use today, which is to understand the text in the way the original author meant it, is also the central principle the biblical authors themselves used when they sought to understand previous biblical authors. Authorial intent is key!
In Romans 5:12, Paul writes that through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. Almost everybody thinks that Paul is referring to the event in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But is this what Paul has in mind? It doesn’t seem so …