10 reasons works does not work for Salvation
1.) Biblical Salvation is a FREE GIFT OF GOD HIMSELF.
Ephesians 2:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
“8 For BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; and that NOT OF YOURSELVES: it is the GIFT OF GOD:
9 NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.”
2.) If Salvation depends on your own works or your own human efforts or your own merits, then Jesus died in vain (which means you are saying grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ is MEANINGLESS, WORTHLESS, TRIVIAL, NOTHING or NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU).
Galatians 2:21 King James Version (KJV) “I do not frustrate the GRACE OF GOD: for if righteousness come by the law, then CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 King James Version (KJV) “For HE HATH MADE HIM TO BE SIN FOR US, who KNEW NO SIN; that we might BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.”
3.) Salvation by works robs God of His Glory.
Isaiah 42:8 King James Version (KJV) “I am the LORD: that is MY NAME: and MY GLORY will I not give to another, neither MY PRAISE to graven images.”
Matthew 15:8 King James Version (KJV) “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is FAR FROM ME.”
Isaiah 6:5 King James Version (KJV) “Then said I, WOE IS ME! for I AM UNDONE; because I am A MAN OF UNCLEAN LIPS, and I dwell in the midst of A PEOPLE OF UNCLEAN LIPS: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
4.) No one was ever justified through the deeds of the law.
Romans 3:20 King James Version (KJV) “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
Galatians 3:24 King James Version (KJV) “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us UNTO CHRIST, that we might be JUSTIFIED BY FAITH.”
Hebrews 8:6 King James Version (KJV) “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”
Hebrews 10:16-19 King James Version (KJV)
“16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,”
5.) Salvation by works produces bad fruit.
Luke 18:9 King James Version (KJV) “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:”
6.) Works proponents usually either ignore or misunderstand the reality of spiritual birth (BORN AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD).
John 3:3 King James Version (KJV) “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 King James Version (KJV) “Therefore if any man be IN CHRIST, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Titus 3:5 King James Version (KJV) “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
7.) The Bible is very clear that you CAN’T MIX self-righteous works/good works/human efforts/religious works/flesh works/Pope/ascended masters/church membership/being good/human viewpoints WITH grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Romans 11:6 King James Version (KJV) “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”
8.) Almost ALL false religions and satanic cults are works-based.
Mark 7:9 King James Version (KJV)
“And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”
Galatians 5:1 King James Version (KJV) “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
9.) A works-based viewpoint results in lack of assurance of one’s salvation.
1 John 5:13 King James Version (KJV) “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
10.) The works-based viewpoint is “anthropocentric” (Interpreting reality in terms of human values and experience. The American Heritage Dictionary.
Isaiah 55:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
“8 For MY THOUGHTS are not your thoughts, neither are your ways MY WAYS, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are MY WAYS higher than your ways, and MY THOUGHTS than your thoughts.”
Psalms 139:1-4 King James Version (KJV)
“1 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.”