What Could Be Worse?
It’s said that we only believe as much of the Bible as we act on. Words without action are empty and vain. This is true enough, of course.
But worse is action without faith. It’s one thing to deceive ourselves by talking and not acting. It’s a worse thing, perhaps, to deceive ourselves by acting without really believing.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22, ESV)
““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21–23, ESV)
“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”” (John 6:40, ESV)
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