…would there be enough evidence to convict you?
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? (James 2:18-20)
To say that you can have faith without works is like saying that you can have water that’s not wet. But let’s keep the order straight: it’s not being wet that makes it water, nor is it good works that create faith. It’s the other way around. Just as wetness clues you in on the fact that water was here, so good works should clue you in that faith was here. Follow the evidence… it will lead you to its source.