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Leave Works For Salvation

What do you believe this often quoted verse refers too? "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." I believe it refers to leaving works will gain a person Salvation . What do you believe?

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Here is what I believe in the context of the text.
If youbelieve that WORKS will save you, you are going to be disapointed!
If you believe that FAITH without works will be enough, you will be disapointed also.
Conc: While we are saved by GRACE BY FAITH, the result of that experience will result in good works! P.
---Pierr5358 on 3/19/08

Pierr, While your statement sounded great, it was wrong in the way you quoted it. I wanted to mention these because of the first two comments you made and how true they are.
" We are 'saved by grace" 'through' faith" You see Pierr, if we are saved by grace, how can we be saved by faith also? grace is correct while the other faith, is wrong. Faith is the gift given to those who are saved by grace. They began to believe by faith, they are not born again by faith.
---mark on 6/29/07

#2. Pierr: While many might say, it is no big deal, I want to remind you it is a big deal since many already feel they have to work to earn their way in. Just one word taken out of context can send someone going the wrong way and far from the truth.
---mark on 6/29/07

I agree mima. I believe alot of folks think that being good will also get you salvation.
It is all about Christ and Christ alone.
By faith in Christ we are children of God.
---JIM on 6/29/07

Helen5378>>>YOU correct.
---catherine on 6/29/07

Man is at heart a religious being and loves doing religious things. But the end of that is spiritual death.

Mima - ("Leaving works will gain salvation") -- That is incorrect. Receiving Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord is how a person gets saved.
---Helen_5378 on 6/29/07

Mima - Hi. Thank you for the correction. Yes, I agree with your statement. It does refer to a person obtaining salvation by a means other than faith in Jesus' finished work on the Cross. Works cannot gain salvation for anybody.
---Helen_5378 on 10/26/06

Removing faith and works is impossible. Distinguishing between works of the flesh and works of the Spirit is the key. Works in the Spirit is obedience, works in the flesh is an outwardly attempt to express obedience when you have not had an inward change...Seeking knowledge but never finding truth... No one 'gains salvation' it is a gift. You either accept the gift and obey or refuse the gift and disobey. It may seem the right way to follow the letter of the law but a changed heart this does not make.
---Ryan on 10/26/06

I made an error when I posted this question. The word "leaving works" should have read "believing in works".
---mima on 10/26/06

The Bible teaches us two things:
1. God's ways are not Man's ways.
2. Man's inclination is towards sin.

Therefore what seems right to man leads to death. This has nothing to do with works and salvation - one shows one's salvation BY one's works - faith without works is dead (James Chapter 2)
---laure5759 on 10/26/06

We are saved by grace, not by works, lest any man should boast. However, once saved, the works should come into operation. We should have a desire to work for the Lord, as He leads us.
---emg on 10/26/06

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