Is it possible to have faith and not do good works?

Many of our fundamentalist friends justify their faith-alone version of Christianity by claiming that anyone who has faith will automatically do good works. However, this argument falls apart if it is possible to have faith and not do works of justice and charity. We could define faith as complete confidence in... show more Many of our fundamentalist friends justify their faith-alone version of Christianity by claiming that anyone who has faith will automatically do good works. However, this argument falls apart if it is possible to have faith and not do works of justice and charity.

We could define faith as complete confidence in an idea, going beyond the evidence to accept that idea as fact, without doubt or questioning. Is it possible to have complete confidence in the truth of the ideas taught by Jesus, but not to act on those ideas?
Update: Lion and Chris, reiterating your doctrine does not answer the question of whether faith without works is possible. Do you mind editing your responses to address the question?
Update 2: Garden man, please see the note just above this, and see the answer by Patience just below yours for an example of addressing the question with evidence.
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