"I believe" Isn't Quite Enough
it’s not a question of gaining salvation or adding to salvation, it’s a question of giving evidence that the salvation that is being professed is real.
“...faith by itself,” writes James, “if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17).
He goes on to give two examples. Abraham took his only son up a mountain and was prepared to sacrifice him at God’s command. It was action taken out of the faith that the patriarch had in his God. Rahab hid the Israelite spies, not out of compassion, but out of faith in the God who had sent them to Jericho. These people, and others like them (Hebrews 11) did the hard things because they believed.
Their actions proved the validity of their faith.
While the Scriptures tell us not to judge, it doesn’t take much judgment to know that where there is no action that bears witness to it, there is also no faith.