by Rex Rouis
Faithless action is acting on your own outside of God’s direction, grace, and ability. Paul says that, “it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works (self-works).” (Romans 11:6) This type of ‘works’ is called ‘self-works’ because it is the ‘self’ doing the actions, and trusting in those actions. These actions, without God’s initial sanction, and continued involvement, are worthless, manipulative, and disobedient.
Actionless faith is having a God sanctioned ability in your heart, and yet not contributing the necessary actions to fully activate it. James says that, “faith without works (corresponding actions) is dead.” (James 2:20) This type of ‘works’ is called ‘corresponding actions’ because the actions are in agreement with faith and actually spring from it. Faithless action is personal action without faith, and actionless faith is faith without personal action.