The Epistle of James contrasts two kinds of faith. There is a faith which saves and one which does not. There is spurious faith and real faith. There is intellectual faith and heart faith. There is a man-generated faith and a God-given faith. There is dead faith and there is living faith. Tragically the people who have living faith and the people who have dead faith have one thing in common - they all call themselves Christians.

Our churches are filled with professors of Christ who do not possess Christ. They have never been born again. They are victims of the worst kind of deception believing that by simply naming the name of Christ they are on the way to heaven. Faith is only useful when it is joined to works, but when it is alone it is just dead, totally useless. 

The single factor that distinguishes counterfeit faith from the real thing is the righteous behavior produced in those who have authentic faith. One enters into salvation by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8–9). Works have no part in bringing about salvation (Eph. 2:9; Romans 3:20, 24; 4:5; Titus 3:5), but they show that salvation is indeed present (Eph. 2:10; 5:9; 1 John 2:5). Genuine faith is obedient faith. Salvation by faith does not negate the importance of works. Rather it calls for good works as the evidence of faith.