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What is the protestant apologetic for James' explicit statement that we are justified by works?

According to the New Bible Dictionary, 2nd Ed., "Justifiction" entry, Paul used justify as a technical term, but James used it in a general sense of being vindicated, or proved genuine and right with ...
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If miracles stopped after the Apostles, then why are there admonitions to pray over people?

It is important to distinguish between cessation of spiritual gifts being bestowed on individuals, and cessation of all miraculous events entirely. Cessationists consider the first case (individual ...
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What is the protestant apologetic for James' explicit statement that we are justified by works?

This verse by itself may seem to some that it is implying works based salvation, but upon further examination, this is not necessarily the case. Proponents of Sola Fide would cite the context of the ...
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Latter-day Saint understanding of James 1:13-15, God's omnibenevolence and God's free will?

I'm not sure I see that God cannot be tempted with evil => God is not capable of moral evil. There are some things in this life that don't tempt me in the slightest, but I'm still fully capable of ...
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Latter-day Saint understanding of James 1:13-15, God's omnibenevolence and God's free will?

Greek The punch line of the OP is a question about Greek more than a question about theology. The word often rendered in English as "cannot be tempted" is ἀπείραστος, which occurs only once ...
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What is the protestant apologetic for James' explicit statement that we are justified by works?

Let's take some basic context and expand out a few verses. James 2:21-24 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22- You see that faith was ...
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How long did the drought that Elijah prayed for really last?

I would also like to add that a drought doesn't begin immediately when rain stops falling. It can take weeks or months and sometimes a year or more for people to start noticing or feeling the effect ...
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What is the prayer of faith as recorded in James 5:15?

The verse is not referring to any specific prayer, but rather to the prayer of faith (ευχη της πιστεως) as opposed to prayer that is undertaken without faith. For this reason James emphasizes a verse ...
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James first or Paul's letters

The letter of James is believed to have been written in A.D. 45, before Paul began his ministry. Paul’s writings are dated from A.D. 50 to A.D. 70. Therefore James’ letter predates Paul’s letters. I ...
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What is an overview of Protestant explanations of the difference between dead faith and perfect faith in James 2?

The Protestant ‘Westminster Confession of Faith’ was drawn up in 1647-8 and a very considerable collection of Protestant denominations subscribe to it, so I will simply quote from this book for ...
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Obtaining Wisdom in the Bible

Consider the following passages: Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in YHWH, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Deuteronomy 4:29 "But from there [among the world] you will seek YHWH ...
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How long did the drought that Elijah prayed for really last?

The answers of Nathaniel and Irene are both excellent. But it's worth adding there is a symbolic meaning for the period three and a half years in Scripture (Books of Daniel and Revelation especially):...
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If God doesn't tempt us, why does the Lord's Prayer petition Him to "lead us not into temptation"?

Here's my take: First, the Greek can mean test or it can mean tempt or it can mean try (trial). Now, let's look at other scriptures for context: Jesus was led by God (Spirit) into the wilderness to ...
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What scripture is James 4:5 referring to?

JAMES 4:5 IS QUOTING HOSEA I hate be the odd ball here.... First off... this letter was not written by james.... it was written by yakov/ jacob.... Second.... let s look at his audience.... "the ...
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