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God can’t even make up His inspirational mind. Does justification come by faith (Paul) or works (James)?

What one finds here, rather than a contradiction, is simply the deployment of equivocal language.  While Paul’s use of the term justification refers to one’s having the appropriate standing before God, James’ use of the term refers to one’s appropriate standing before other Christians.  Mere intellectual assent does not suffice to demonstrate one’s claim to be a Christian, but must be accompanied by works if it is to prove useful to others.  However, this is not at all to say (and James never does say) that faith is insufficient for salvation.


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