Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Yea, a man may say,
” Thou hast faith and I have works:
shew me thy faith without thy works,
and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
–KJV James 2:17-18
If any man will do his will,
he shall know of the doctrine,
whether it be of God,
or wether I speak of myself.
And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me.
The Bible is filled with verses like these. We believe if you really believe you will act. I have been chastised about this by people. They say that we put to much emphasis on works and accuse us of thinking that works save us.
This is where terminology causes some problems. There are to types of works talked about in the scriptures (1) ordinances and (2) service.
We believe that ordinances or rites are necessary, but they do not save. Salvation is dependent on our relationship to Christ. We participate in ordinances to show our willingness to learn of Christ and as a commitment to live in the way He wants us to live. It is a outward sign of a inward commitment. It does not guarantee Salvation, but it shows God we are willing to submit to his will and begin or continue the process.
Salvation comes only as we stay devoted and faithful to the promises we make with our ordinances. If we fail to strive we have no promise.
Some of you may say then we are all damned because we all fall short. True, that is why we rely on the mercy and merritts of Christ, all he expects is that we make an effort. He will judge the difference.
Our (each human’s) responsibility is to follow the commandments (old and new) to the best of our ability. We will all fail time to time but that is why Christ sacrificed himself. We do not truly fail till we stop trying.