My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.
If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “Y ou shall love your neighbor as yourself ,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God , and it was reckoned to him as righteousness ,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.