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Two Types of Justification: Paul and James DO NOT Contradict Each Other

Another frequently misquoted book in the Scripture is the book of James in which any opponent of salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ would say, "Hey read James 2 and see how it's being required to do good works to be saved."  However let's try to check out the following and honestly, this blog ministry will always be at the works as long as God permits it.  Where do the words salvation and justification differ?

Note: The author has underlined the specific meanings for theology, he's included the words saved and justified as well.  Definitions are from


a. To rescue from harm, danger, or loss.
b. To set free from the consequences of sin; redeem.
2. To keep in a safe condition; safeguard.
3. To prevent the waste or loss of; conserve.
a. To avoid spending (money) so as to keep or accumulate it.
b. To avoid spending (money or time) in an amount less than what circumstances normally require: saved $25 at the sale; saved 15 minutes by taking a shortcut.
5. To set aside for future use; store.
6. To treat with care by avoiding fatigue, wear, or damage; spare: save one's eyesight.
7. To make unnecessary; obviate: Your taking the trunk to the attic has saved me an extra trip.
a. Sports To prevent (a goal) from being scored by an opponent.
b. To preserve a victory in (a game).
c. Baseball To preserve (another pitcher's win) by protecting one's team's lead during a stint of relief pitching.
9. Computer Science To copy (a file) from a computer's main memory to a storage medium.


a. Preservation or deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil.
b. A source, means, or cause of such preservation or deliverance.
2. Christianity
a. Deliverance from the power or penalty of sin; redemption.
b. The agent or means that brings about such deliverance.
1. reasonable grounds for complaint, defence, etc.
2. the act of justifying; proof, vindication, or exculpation
3. (Christian Religious Writings / Theology) Theol
a.  the act of justifying
b.  the process of being justified or the condition of having been justified
4. (Christian Religious Writings / Theology) Also called justification by faith Protestant theol the doctrine that God vindicates only those who repent and believe in Jesus
5. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Printing Computing the process of adjusting interword spacing in text or data so that both right and left margins are straight
6. (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) Computing the process of moving data right or left so that the first or last character occurs in a predefined position
1. (often passive) to prove or see to be just or valid
2. to show to be reasonable
3. to declare or show to be free from blame or guilt; absolve
4. (Law) Law
a.  to show good reason in court for (some action taken)
b.  to show adequate grounds for doing 
5. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (also intr) Printing Computing to adjust the spaces between words in (a line of type or data) so that it is of the required length or (of a line of type or data) to fit exactly
6. (Christian Religious Writings / Theology)
a.  Protestant theol to account or declare righteous by the imputation of Christ's merits to the sinner
b.  RC theol to change from sinfulness to righteousness by the transforming effects of grace
7. (Law) (also intr) Law to prove (a person) to have sufficient means to act as surety, etc., or (of a person) to qualify to provide bail or surety
[from Old French justifier, from Latin justificāre, from jūstus just + facere to make]
justifier  n

 Looking at the definitions above, one can now see that justification is MORE than being saved Looking at the meanings of the word "justify" fro meaning 1-3 is where the Bible really fits in. Now to really see where Paul and James actually do not contradict each other.  Paul taught justification by faith (i.e. to declare or show to be free from blame or guilt, a result of salvation) while James taught justification by faith and works (i.e. to prove to be just or valid, to show to be reasonable) in which these are two different cases.

So now to settle the misuse of James 2- James was talking about the fruit of faith and not the root.  Also he could not be teaching works salvation for the reason that he showed in James 2:10-11 that NOBODY can keep the whole Law and the Bible has God requiring sinless perfection and not more good works over bad works type of salvation, that's why He sent His Son Jesus who had no sin to be sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) and that James 2:21 talks about Abraham was imputed righteousness by faith which goes together with Romans 4:5. 

On the other hand, James 2:18 says, "Show me your faith without your works and I will show you my faith by my works." in which James is justified in the sense that he showed his salvation valid and genuine by his good works which again, will come out naturally because of salvation.  James is in short saying that salvation is by faith alone but not a salvation that is alone.  True works results to works, dead faith is no faith and that faith is a sham.  Again it's 100% impossible for a Christian not to do good works.  Again let's be careful with words with more than one meaning because they're often a source of confusion and are being used by works salvationist word games.  

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