Bodoni MT – In this house, we like our disaster movies. Categories Six and Seven are two such movies. In the sequel, Category Seven, a television ministry plays heavily into the plot. One worker in the ministry decides to use a recent headline as inspiration for a series of actions right out of the Book of Genesis. Fortunately, no harm came to the innocents, but one cannot ignore the man’s theology. He believed that he needed to prove his love for God and to thank Him for His salvation by doing something to call people’s attention to God.
Anybody else might have joined a relief operation or signed up for a mission trip. He had to take things to an extreme. It’s not difficult to imagine how this could have happened. A leader in the ministry publicly praised a person for sending them the deed to his house and assured him that he would have a home in heaven. People will go to one of two extremes in the absence of Biblical teachings. They will give everything or they will give nothing. They will do something outrageous or they will do nothing at all.
James 2:14-26, “14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18But 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.
19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25In 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? 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”