(16 September 2012) Martin Luther is famously or infamously remembered for saying James was an “Epistle of Straw” and that he would not include it among his chief books. James did not sit easily with him. Luther was determined to bring to the Church the truth that we are saved by grace and grace alone (sola gratia): “Yes, dear friend, you must first possess heaven and salvation before you can do good works. Works never merit heaven; heaven is conferred purely of grace.” The Apostle Paul writes, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.” But James then writes awkward things like, “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone” (James 2:24). Rev Brian Mahlambi explores the link between Faith & Deeds.

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