Fred O. Pitts
Fred O. Pitts became the Pastor of Ancient City Baptist Church in July 2017. Although life in the 21st century is complex, he believes the purpose of life can be summed up more simply in the answers Jesus gave when asked the greatest of the commandments: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Pastor Fred says, “The primary call in my life is seeking first the kingdom of God through pastoring and teaching. My passion is teaching God’s word in a manner that is both understandable and relevant. Primary emphases in my ministry are compassion and encouragement.”
Churches and religions have long argued over how a person is made right with God. Some say we must do good works to earn our way to heaven; others say it is just a matter of believing the right things that determines where we stand with God. In this passage, James highlights deeds, not as a way to earn our way to heaven but to prove the reality of the faith we claim. Yes, there are two kinds of faith: dead and alive. Which is yours?