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“…he [St. James] makes a startling statement: “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble” (James 2:19). The devil and his accomplices, the demons, are not atheists. Nor are they sceptics. In the Gospels, we find that the demons confess who Jesus is. They say that they know that He is the “Holy One of God” (Mark 1:24). Again, the man possessed of a demon shouted, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me” (Mark 5:7).” (Fr. Basil)

“But for the historic Christian…holding to a list of correct beliefs without actual obedience to God’s commandments is in fact the “faith” of demons (James 2:19). Historic Christianity places its emphasis on what one does far more than what one says or thinks.” (Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick)

“…the apostle [St. James] writes that the demons believe that “God is one” (James 2:22). The demons not only believe that God exists. They believe the founding principle of our faith, the “Oneness” of God the Holy Trinity. Moreover, they believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God. James says that these beliefs are “well and good.” By this irony, the apostle shows that beliefs, that is “certainties” or “convictions”…of things that are known about God, have no saving power. Beliefs that this or that is true about God and the Lord Jesus Christ cannot justify anyone even if they are true.” (Fr. Basil)

“The truth about faithfulness is that it’s about what you do. And if what you do doesn’t line up with the commandments of Christ, then you’re not Christ’s servant. You’re serving another master. May God help us to true devotion, to be proved through struggle and love, to be shown good and faithful through our loyalty in worship, in repentance, in self-sacrifice, in humility, in almsgiving, in fasting and in prayer. Because in the end, what the faithful welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven will hear is not “Well said, thou good and faithful servant,” but rather “Well done.” (Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick)

“In contrast to belief, faith [i.e., faithfulness] brings us into relationship with this Almighty, All-Powerful, and All-Holy God. Like Abraham (James 2:- 23), by faith we become a “friend of God” not His enemy (Romans 5:10). Faith, therefore, is living trust in the One, True, and Merciful God. In this relationship, our desire is to do the will of God. By faith we are saved, and by faith we do works that are pleasing to our Heavenly Father. Our belief becomes trust and trust becomes loving obedience to God.” (Fr. Basil)

“God’s being and actions are one. This is essentially the teaching of the Church on the topic of the Divine Energies… Another simple term for “energies” is “actions” or “doings.” The root of the Greek word simply means “doing.” Indeed, it is most often translated as “deed” or “work.” “Workings” would be another accurate way of rendering “energies.” Understanding this points us towards the heart of the Church’s proclamation. Who God is, and what God does, are not two separate things. “God acting” is God.”…When our actions are in true agreement with that which we are created to be, there is a wholeness and a harmony in our existence. We are transformed, for our being and our actions are themselves in agreement with the very actions (Energies) of God. It is in this transformation that we come to see ourselves as we truly are and to know God as He truly is.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“God the Father would have us believe in Him and honor Him. As with hearing, the true mode of believing in God requires obedient action. Believing in God is a commitment of our heart and soul to Christ. As a result, we seek actions pleasing to Him, ensuring that our behavior is in harmony with the loving work of the Father and the Son. When we cross the line into proactive hearing and obedient belief in God, we have “passed from death into life” (John 17:24). Such a transition is possible even in this mortal life, as the apostles and Church Fathers teach us. God gives us the grace to hear, to believe in Him, and to act upon these gifts.” (Dynamis 4/29/2020)

“…faith is more than a mere belief that something is true.  Faith is the profound trust that is proven by action.” (Fr. Basil)

“Being a Christian requires activity. One cannot be a Christian and have no action as a result. Receiving the Grace of the Holy Spirit is supposed to move us to action. Grace completes what is infirm and heals what is lacking in us so that we can go and do something. If the grace of the Holy Spirit looses and forgives sins, then the person who has been forgiven is supposed to go and radiate the light of Christ, with his or her newfound spiritual freedom.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

“…worship is the action by which human beings freely submit and dedicate their lives and the life of the world to God. The perfection of our humanity is holiness, the holiness of God…” (Vigen Guroian)

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