Many do not like the title of this post for what it implies, but it is taken directly from scripture and intimated to be as important as faith. For within an active faith are found works to be shown reflective of genuine repentance.
Controversy aside, we are called unto good works as a Christian and commanded to hold fast our profession of faith. We are also told that those who profess Christ but are impure, sinful, and live with unbelief perform works unto eternal punishment.
This is why I am posting some of my favorite verses that necessitate a life devoted to God.
They are in no particular order but speak volumes to those willing to listen and obey God’s word and not adhere to a particular doctrine that denies works of righteousness as a necessary part of a disciple’s life.
Our church is drenched in antinomianism and is teaching us to live in the wicked mire of sin. If this doctrine remains in our heart and lives, we will perish in our sin.
For if God spared not the natural branches,
take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Behold therefore the goodness
and severity of God:
on them which fell, severity;
but toward thee, goodness,
if thou continue in his goodness:
otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
1 Corinthians 10:1-12
I would not that ye should be ignorant,
how that all our fathers were under the cloud,
and all passed through the sea;
And were all baptized unto Moses
in the cloud and in the sea;
And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
And did all drink the same spiritual drink:
for they drank of that spiritual Rock
that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
But with many of them
God was not well pleased:
for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Now these things were our examples,
to the intent we should not lust after evil things,
as they also lusted.
Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them;
as it is written,
The people sat down to eat and drink,
and rose up to play.
Neither let us commit fornication,
as some of them committed,
and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
Neither let us tempt Christ,
as some of them also tempted,
and were destroyed of serpents.
Neither murmur ye,
as some of them also murmured,
and were destroyed of the destroyer.
Now all these things happened unto them
and they are written for our admonition,
upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth
take heed lest he fall.
2 Peter 2:4-9
For if God spared not the angels that sinned,
but cast them down to hell,
and delivered them into chains of darkness,
to be reserved unto judgment;
And spared not the old world,
but saved Noah the eighth person,
a preacher of righteousness,
bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha
into ashes condemned them with an overthrow,
making them an ensample
unto those that after should live ungodly;
And delivered just Lot,
vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
(For that righteous man dwelling among them,
in seeing and hearing,
vexed his righteous soul from day to day
with their unlawful deeds;)
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly
out of temptations,
and to reserve the unjust
unto the day of judgment to be punished:
I will therefore put you in remembrance,
though ye once knew this, how that the Lord,
having saved the people out of the land of Egypt,
afterward destroyed them that believed not.
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,
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.
Some are already withering believing their current state is acceptable to God. Take heed lest ye fall. It is not just belief or faith alone that will save you. We are to:
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance
(John the Baptist)
Whereupon, O king Agrippa,
I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
but shewed first unto them of Damascus,
and at Jerusalem,
and throughout all the coasts of Judæa,
and then to the Gentiles,
that they should repent and turn to God,
and do works meet for repentance
(Paul the Apostle)
God can deliver you if you seek after Him like you do your most precious treasures . . . for in this, He is found.