Faith working through love. Love is works.They all think that works either are a part of getting saved or have a role in "staying saved". Both of which make a mockery of Christ's sacrifice and resurrection.
But that is what religion does for ya. Have to die to really find out if you made it to heaven.
Protestants think works is a dirty word. Some do works, which is good, but it is something that they do independent of God.
1 Corithians 13:13
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Works is one of the biggest factors in determining salvation. Remember, love is a work, and love is greater than faith (1 Corinthians 13:13). How do we know love is a work? Because to love is a commandment. What are the commandments? Love other as yourself. How are we to love others as ourselves? By feeding the hungry. Clothing the bare. Aiding the sick. Visiting the imprisoned. These are all works of love.
We see in Romans 2:5-8 that God will repay each man according to his works. It doesnt mention faith once. 2 Corinthians 5:10 reads,For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.
This emphasizes that a person with faith, although the faith is left unmentioned, is judged according to their works, because their works are either good or evil. Remember, not everyone with faith who cries Lord, Lord will make it into heaven, but only those who do the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21). Doing the Fathers will isnt faith, its a work.
Again, faith is most precious. But the vitality of faith is contingent on works. But works are not contingent on faith. It says faith without works is dead, never the other way around (James 2:20).