In Christian culture we hear the claim that Christianity is the only religion that doesn’t require works for salvation.
The Gospel of Mormonism is "faith repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands, morality, loyalty, tithing, word of wisdom, duty, celestial marriage (Articles of faith). All of this is accredited to works and without these you are not saved.
Jehovah's Witnesses- by works-"Working hard for the reward of eternal life. (WT 8/15/1972 p.491) this is why they so diligently go door to door.
Muslims have a heavy dependence on following exact laws and doing certain works for salvation. "O you who believe! If you are careful of (your duty to) Allah, He will grant you a distinction and do away with your evils and forgive you; and Allah is the Lord of mighty grace," (Surah 8:29)
The secular world believes that good people who do good works should be saved. Those who believe in a God will say this, those who don’t just mock.
If the rest of the world believes works are necessary for salvation then what should Christians understand? First thing to grasp is that if the world overwhelmingly agrees with something then it’s probably not going to fit the Christian standard. (Romans 12:2) “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (John 17:16) “They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” The world says you have to earn salvation through works.
(Eph 2:8) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Gift In greek is doron (dwron) and means; of money cast into the treasury for the purposes of the temple and for the support of the poor, a thing given willingly to someone without payment. To pay for something you have to work and a gift is something you receive without payment. Christ paid for our gift with his life, and that is something no one could work for.
So why do anything for God then? (Joh 8:12) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (1 cor 1:11) “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” (Mat 4:19) "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." (mat 8:22) But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.” (Mat 16:24)  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Joh 12:26) “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.” In the KJV the word follow appears 86 times.
What does it mean to follow someone? To conform to, comply with, or act in accordance with; to imitate or copy; use as an example. If Christ requires us to follow him then we must imitate his example. By not following Christ we cannot claim to have all of our faith in him. Therefore works do not save you, grace by faith saves us. It is the movement of God through us by following Christ that leads to working for his kingdom. If you believe you will act. 

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