Hebrews 6:1 (ESV)
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Dead works, I tell you, I get sick to the stomach of people quoting James about dead faith admonishing people to works. I don’t think the real danger is dead faith. I think the real danger is dead works. We need to repent of these before we can go on to maturity. Dead works are those works that look good but are false. Dead works are works we want to point to when we stand before God. Dead works are those that draw our attention away from the Cross of Christ. Dead works probably account for most of the works we think are good. Works don’t make faith alive. The Holy Spirit brings faith to life in Christ, and good works flow from that, most often when we aren’t looking.