Is Your Faith Genuine?

Published July 4, 2017 by Ron West in Pastor's Thoughts

Kent Hughes writes about a cartoon in The New Yorker that showed a large sign out in front of a church which read: “The Lite Church: 24% Fewer Commitments, Home of the 7.5% tithe, fifteen-minute sermons, forty-five-minute worship services. We have only eight commandments—your choice. We use just three spiritual laws. Everything you’ve wanted in a church … and less!” Unfortunately that cartoon paints an accurate picture. Many people today are looking for a “lite church,” a “lite faith,” and a “lite commitment.”

James 2:14-20, especially verse 17: Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

A line from a Rich Mullins song says, “Faith without works is like a screen door on a submarine.” It’s worthless and it sinks. Do you claim to have faith? Does your life really show it? A workless faith is a worthless faith. We must ask ourselves, “If I were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict me?”