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Summary: James continues the warning against having a lifeless, dead faith by reminding us that even the Adversary and his legion believe in God but do not obey him in proper actions.

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1. Johnny Carson Exorcist Joke

When the movie, “The Exorcist” came out, Johnny Carson was the host of the Tonight Show. My very favorite joke he told was about the movie. He asked Ed McMahon, “What happens if you don’t pay your exorcist?” Ed repeated the question and said, “I don’t know.” Johnny replied, “You get repossessed.”

2. 18 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. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? James 2.18-20

3. Ya’akov (James) continues illustrating proper faith – that it is active, not passive

I. You Believe “God Is One”

"When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, ’Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don’t believe?’" ~ Quentin Crisp (actor/lector/Gay activist)

A. The Sh’ma of Deuteronomy 6.4; Matthew 22.36-38

1. Central creedal statement of practicing Jews

2. Recited at least twice per day

3. Begins with “HEAR” – Obey, not mere acknowledgement

B. The First Command is Demonstrated by the Second (Leviticus 19.18; Matthew 22.39)

1. Fits with the Context of chapter 2 – partiality; caring for the needs of others

2. Fits with the pure religion of James 1.27

II. You Believe with Demonic Faith

A. Satan and His Demons Know the Words of God

1. Adversary of God and Man – Job 1-2

2. Serpent of Temptation – Genesis 3; Revelation 12.9

a. Liar – John 8.44

b. Misuses Scripture – Psalm 91.11-12 (Matthew 4.6)

“Exorcism Psalm”

Sons of Sceva (?) – Acts 19.10-20

3. Categories of Temptation – 1 John 2.15-17

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

a. With Yeshua (Jesus) – Matthew 4.1-11

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ And


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