Years ago, I had a conversation with a friend I still replay at times. As we watched our kids on a playground, she asked about faith and works. “Can you be a Christian but not really act like it?”
She began recalling two girls at church in her youth group. They were there every Sunday, sang in the youth choir and went on all the mission trips. These two girls had found something out about my friend and turned on her with words and gossip that wounded her to the core. They excluded her from their friend group, made her feel unwelcome and soon she stopped going to church altogether.
Now as a young mom, she was wondering about Christianity. Could someone claim to be a Christian without works that bore it out?