There is this fear of the followers which guides them to protect the opinion of their leader. "The leaders has to be right,'' says the follower. If the leader is sane then we are sane for following a sane person. If the leader is foolish, then we are all fools one way or the other. The follower falls prey to defending the leader because in so doing, the follower is defended. If you strike the head, the body does fall and so the body defends the head one way or the other. If you want to dispatch the sheep, hang the shepherd. It happens to the best of us, when the integrity of the head is at stake, the body either defends the head or seeks ways to self-preserve the rest of the members. The best of humanity knows this: attack the problem and the symptoms shall flee. Elijah knew this when he challenged Baal through the Carmel Mountain contest.
Christianity is a continuity of overcoming. We have temptations and mental tempests to sail through; we have weaknesses and feeble points to fortify. For the Christian, we must admit this because if we say we don't have these, we would be lying.
If we don't say these things the way we should – the way that pleases GOD and exalts HIM above our intentions, we shall be judged. If we are not teachers when we should be, we shall be judged and if say we are teachers when – indeed – we should not be, we shall be judged for that which we were not made to defend seeing that we have abandoned our job for the protection of the interest of heaven upon the earth.
So where faith is a currency of the spirit, the works – from FAITH – are natural corresponding values. Show me your faith, which is alive, and make sure that your works are clearly seen. We don't hide our light in darkness and we should not hide our faith in workless living.
What we have or what we should have is ONE GOD which is ONE Standard; and when we have this, we have ONE CHURCH, ONE MIND, ONE GOAL. ONE. Such that faith and works – though they be two – become one, in pure understanding.
Faith which is heard should be seen as much as it should be heard. Seen by others who have not heard and confirmed by others who do as they have heard. Faith is strongest in its confirmation from many points. In order for faith to achieve completeness, faith should never be separated from our actions.
However, for the Christian who refuses to live in the constraint of mercy – not just to themselves, their neighbours or to the standard of GOD found in HIS Promises – there would be no mercy at judgement.
For the bonds, all the components must be present and if one is missing, the bond tends to tilt towards travesty. When I think of this, I think of the law, too.
With the coming of GOD into the authority of our hearts comes the unveiling of the law of grace engraved in our consciences. In grace, we have this law and it is to love. In grace we have this law: to love GOD and then to love others as we love our own selves; to love life; to love the death that brings life in crucifixion; to love joy and the peace of truth; to love and to love for that is the new law.