Saved by WORKS or by FAITH?
What does the Bible teach? And what do Jehovah's Witnesses teach? What do you believe about this?
Let's have a really good discussion and debate about this important Bible topic.
Here is my position:
* We are saved only by God's grace (undeserved kindness) through faith in Christ as Lord, God, and Savior (because of His sacrifice for our sins). Works play absolutely no role in us obtaining the free gift of salvation and eternal life. However, after we have been saved and the Holy Spirit dwells in us, then the Spirit working in and through us and will produce good fruit and good works in our lives.
* Works are the RESULT of salvation, not the CAUSE of salvation.
* The Epistle to the Galatians also teaches that we cannot REMAIN or KEEP salvation by our own good works or human effort. It is all done by God's Spirit.
Very important verses to examine here are Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans chapters 3 and 4, Romans 11:6, and James chapter 2.