The following is one verse, among many, used to try and prove the false doctrine of unconditional eternal security.
Have you read James 4:17? Do you visit hospitals everyday? Do you feed the poor? Do you have any evil desires? Do you always do the good that you ought to do? Do you take care of orphans and widows? Do you ever put anything before God? Do you ever cause discord? Are you ever envious? Do you get angry? I can name hundreds of things you fail to do everyday. You don’t have a chance. Your works will not save you because there are many things we are commanded to do and you fail to do it all. You are a hypocrite!
Answer: This is another verse wrenched from its context to try and prove unconditional eternal security. Like other verses, this too is also used to put others under condemnation and stand hopelessly doomed to a life of sin no matter what. It’s a no win situation.
This person is in error thinking James says that all omission is sin.
James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is a sin.”
James, as with the other writers of the NT, writes to keep us from falling back into sin. From cover to cover God is against sin and there are eternal consequences of those who would want to remain in rebellion against God. Sinning is not essential to salvation, the stopping of sin is essential to salvation. Genuine repentance is a condition for salvation. (Mk. 1:15; Lk. 13:3; Acts 5:31; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; Ro. 2:4; 2 Co. 7:10; 2 Pe. 3:9).
Secondly, this person seems to be confused about sin and holiness. Often people come up with this red herring about feeding the orphans, helping the homeless, visiting hospitals, etc.. By their own definition, Jesus Himself would have been a sinner. Did Jesus clothe every person who was naked? Did Jesus take care of the all the orphans and widows? Did Jesus heal everyone who came across his path? Did the apostles heal EVERYBODY? God had never demanded us to this kind of standard as the person has imposed upon believers! By his standard he has accused Matthew, James, Paul, Peter, John and most of all, our Savior as hypocrites!
Dear reader, do you not believe that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil? The Scripture also says that he who commits sin is of the devil. (1 Jn. 3:8-10) John says, “My little children, I write these things unto you that you MAY NOT SIN (1 John 2:1). We are commanded to be holy (1 Peter 1:15,16). Why ignore these and many other passages of Scripture?
To distort the Scriptures as a means to support a sinful life must mean the person has not yet experienced true salvation.
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16