The Firefighter Parables
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
-The Epistle of St. James, Chapter Two, Verses 14 to 24.
It is not the works that save, but they are evidence of the saving faith. This is a hard saying, but lack of works is typically evidence of a lack of faith…but works do not mean that faith is present. However, because one doesn’t see faith, this is kind of hard to elucidate. Therefore, I will use something more clearly evident to most people to attempt to be clearer than I would otherwise be able – the firefighter.
Parable #1 - The Firehouse
Parable #2 - Firefighting Procedures
Parable #3 - The Uniform
Parable #4 - Fighting Fires
Parable #5 - The Declaration
Parable #6 - Conclusion