Faith Without Works

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Three times, James states, 'Faith without works is dead!' Here's how James' teaching agrees with and complements the teaching of Paul on justification.


Works of Faith (Part One)

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Many think works and faith are incompatible, but the Bible tells us to do works of faith. What are they? These are things we must do during the salvation process.


Works of Faith (Part Two)

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Christians are saved by God's grace through faith. We cannot deny it. But a Christian's faith is one that wants to keep God's law - not the ritual law, but the law of faith that trusts God and aims to please Him in everything. God's spiritual law, encapsulated in the Ten Commandments and demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ, …


Basic Doctrines: Faith Toward God

Bible Study by Staff

What is faith? Is it something we work up or does God give it to us? Do we have the faith to be saved? Do we really trust God?


How Can We Measure Our Faith?

CGG Weekly by Pat Higgins

How do we obey this call to test ourselves, to know whether we are in the faith? A good place to start is to see how God measures faith, beginning with Abraham.


No Works Is No Good!

CGG Weekly

The 'no works' doctrine says that all one has to do is believe in Jesus and accept His grace, and one's sins will be forgiven. This has disastrous effects.


Four Points of Faith

Sermonette by James Beaubelle

At times we exhibit some faithlessness, perhaps because we have viewed faith just in terms of what we do rather than what God does through His gifting to us.


What Kind of Faith is Required for Salvation?

Herbert W. Armstrong Booklet

Millions who say they believe in Jesus Christ have no salvation at all because they trust in the wrong kind of faith. Saving faith is largely misunderstood.


Beware of Faith Blockers!

Article by Staff

We need to be working on increasing our faith and ridding our lives of attitudes that block faith. Then we can begin to be profitable servants.


Is the Christian Required To Do Works? (Part Four)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The Bible makes it plain that salvation is by grace, but it is also clear that we are 'created in Christ Jesus for good works.' Grace and works fit together.


Is the Christian Required To Do Works? (Part Six)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Works cannot earn us salvation. However, they play many vital roles in our Christian walk toward the Kingdom of God, especially in developing holiness.


Faith, Hope, and the Worship of God (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Using assumptions, some have concocted some nine conflicting calendars. The preservation of the oracles has not been entrusted to the church but to the Jews.


Faithful, Following Firstfruits

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Those reveling in the 'new freedoms' of apostasy cannot be persuaded to return to former beliefs because they no longer believe in the sanctified Word of God.


Faith and Healing (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes the necessity of work (dressing and keeping our life, our health, our possessions, our calling, etc.). God has called us to a lifetime of productive work. We cannot allow Satan to cause us to resent working or to feel victimized, slighted, bitter, or lazy, rejecting God's ordained purpose for …


Living by Faith: God's Grace (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Because we are all sinners, we have earned only death; justification is not earned, but must come through faith and believing God as did our father Abraham.


Faith and the Christian Fight (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on God's gifts to Abel and the other luminaries in the faith chapter (Hebrews 11), suggests that all of us called-out ones are in the same spiritual predicament, needing to humbly use the gifts God has given to us, faithfully pursuing God's purpose for us. Nobody evolves into a God-being on the power …


On Works

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Works are necessary for a Christian, and have not been neutralized by grace. Good works serve as the evidence of faith; faith without works is dead.


Faith and the Christian Fight (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Bible abounds in metaphors of warfare, indicating that the Christian's walk will be characterized by stress, sacrifice, and deprivation in building faith.


God's Workmanship (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Salvation is not a one time event, but a continuous process—not just immunity from death, but a total transformation of our nature into a new creation.


Faith Overcomes the World

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

As we attempt to overcome the world, we soon realize that we battle against invisible principalities, requiring us to form a close relationship with Christ.


Faith and Remembering

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

We will not have faith tomorrow simply because we had it yesterday; we must renew faith daily by deliberately remembering God's prior interventions.


Habakkuk: A Prophet of Faith (Part Two)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

All of God's people should be watchmen like Habakkuk, living continually by faith, discerning, listening to, and responding to God's instructions.


Hope and Faith

Sermon by Clyde Finklea

God requires His people to put their faith in action, giving evidence of their hope, demonstrating godly behavior rather than abrasive carnal behavior.


Faith to Carry Us to the Millennium

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Kim Myers

Kim Myers, acknowledging that we are celebrating an event yet to happen in the future, suggests that we need to have intense faith to move from point A (the present) to point B (the Millennium).Faith is a trust in things we cannot see, the same kind of faith that Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego had to endure the threat of the …


Ecclesiastes and Christian Living (Part Two): Works

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

God works all the time. In fact, it is the first thing we see God doing in His Book. We must follow His example to become skilled in living as He does.


Faith and the Christian Fight (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Both the 'eternal security' and 'no works' doctrines are destroyed by the remarkable example of Noah, who performed extraordinary works based upon faith.


Is the Christian Required To Do Works? (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Just as a dead person does no works, so a faith that does not include works is also dead. A person in whom living, saving faith exists will produce works.


Revelation 2-3 and Works

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The letters in Revelation 2 and 3 are for the end times, shortly before Christ's return. Each emphasizes repentance, overcoming, and judgment according to works.


Created to Do God's Will and Work

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, commenting on the progressive liberal media's charge that women are discriminated against, points out that the feminist-goaded media fails to take into account that more men place themselves in life-threatening, dangerous occupations which women generally eschew, often receiving less pay than women competing with …


The True Gospel (Part 2)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

If we are not following the true gospel that Christ proclaimed, we will wind up somewhere other than the Kingdom of God!


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty-Nine)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

A summary of the Covenants, Grace, and Law series, reiterating the differences in the Covenants and the respective places of grace and law in God's purpose.


Belief and the Firstfruits (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Jesus said, 'Believe in Me,' and hundreds of millions have said, 'I believe.' But true belief is impossible until a person has been appointed to eternal life.


How Much Would You Give Up for the Kingdom of God?

Sermon by Kim Myers

We should be willing to give up anything for the Kingdom, controlling our speech, thoughts, behaviors, and lives. We cannot grow in grace without works.


The Providence of God (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus and Abraham rose above their emotional pulls by exercising living faith—a faith built on acts of obedience. Faith can never be separated from works.


Our Part in the Sanctication Process (Part Eight)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by David F. Maas

The only tangible measures of faith is faithfulness, trust, and loyalty to God. We don't need to ask God for more faith, but rather work on being faithful.


James and Unleavened Bread (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The book of James applies to us after the sanctification process has begun. The most effective way of eliminating sin is to do righteousness.


The Christian Fight (Part Four)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

While we must express some of our own faith as we come to salvation, most of saving faith is a gift of God. Abel and Enoch illustrate the pattern of faith.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty-Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In Galatians, Paul took issue with the Halakhah, not God's word. Halakhah was a massive collection of human opinion that placed a yoke on its followers.


Is America a Christian Nation? (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Having experienced the turmoil of the Catholic—Protestant clash, the framers of our Constitution did not want any sect dictating religious doctrines or practices.


The Christian Fight (Part Five)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The faithful life and work of Noah illustrates that after justification, walking by faith with God is a practical responsibility.


The Christian Fight (Part Three)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

With all the military metaphors in the Bible, there can be no doubt that God likens the Christian life to a war against the evils and temptations we face.


Leadership and Covenants (Part Nineteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh asserts that the seven "I will" promises given to our forefather Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3 were truly "big deal" foundational promises impacting the lives of multiple billions of lives up to the present day and that Abraham and that Abraham could fathom them only by calculating within his …


Conviction and Moses

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our conviction reveals itself in living by faith. Moses is a stunning example of how a convicted Christian should live — with loyalty and faithfulness to God.


The Widow and the Fatherless (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Mike Ford

We can sum up the epistle of James with one verse: 'Pure and undefiled religion...is this: to visit orphans and widows..., and to keep oneself unspotted...."


Is God's Inspiration of the Bible Imperfect?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

When properly evaluated, there are no discrepancies in scripture; God is not the author of confusion. God does not enlighten us until we are mature enough.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty-Eight)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The yoke of bondage Paul refers to in Galatians was a combination of the code of regulations added by the Pharisees and Gnostic ritualism, not God's Law.


James and Unleavened Bread (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh asserts that the epistle of James stresses both faith and works, emphasizing those factors necessary for growth, enabling us to produce a bountiful harvest of fruit. We are to exercise humility and impartiality, taking particular effort to bring our tongues under control, being cautiously slow to speak, …


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty-Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Christ will empower us, but will not live our lives for us. The marching orders for our pilgrimage derive from God's Word, containing His holy law.


Hebrews: Its Background (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The frightful conditions during the 1st century are typical of the times ahead. To weather these circumstances, we need the encouragement of Hebrews.


Leadership and the Covenants (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Becoming equipped for leadership requires that we discipline ourselves in following God's way of life, allowing the mind of Jesus Christ to be in us in.


Maintaining Good Health (Part 13)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Commitment to a course of action is essential for physical or spiritual success. Faith motivates and sustains right action, protecting us from the yo-yo like fits of starting and stopping. Shallow or incomplete faith is contrasted with complete or mature faith. Our simple faith must transform into mature or enduring faith, which …


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Under both the Old and New Covenants, refusal to keep to keep God's Law severs the relationship. God's law protects us and brings us quality life.


Do We Have 'Eternal Security'?

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Are we 'once-saved, always-saved'? Once God grants us His grace, are we assured eternal life? The fallacies of the doctrine of 'eternal security' are exposed.


Deuteronomy (Part 4) (1994)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God has invited us into a love relationship—one in which He has already shown Himself to be absolutely faithful. If we truly love Him, severing our affections with this world, we will meet the demands of becoming holy. God's Holy Spirit enables us to have this love (Romans 5:5), but we must actively use it or lose it. We …