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Have We Misunderstood Paul’s “Works of the Law”? – Pt. 1

In reading the synoptic gospels over and again, then reading James, and then the Pauline letters, I was struck at how different they were. Something was wrong. Either Paul is wrong on what faith is or, we’re reading him wrongly.

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James Against Paul? – Works over Faith

In James chapter 2:14-24, James combats a teaching that has emerged in the Church. The teaching was known as “sola fide“. It taught that people were justified, or made righteous, by “faith alone. It’s a belief that teaches faith (mental assent) doesn’t need works (acts of obedience). This was predominantly Paul’s gospel, and made popular by the Reformers about 1500 years later.

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