Many Protestants consider good works of faith to be sort of an afterthought in the mind of God — that these works are not an integral aspect of our salvation.But the Bible clearly teaches that good deeds done in faith are necessary for salvation. Or in other words, anyone who is saved will perform good deeds of faith.

I should mention that good deeds of themselves apart from faith in God do not result in salvation. Only good deeds mingled with faith result in salvation.

The Commandments

We must obey the commandments of Jesus in order to be saved (John 14:15). Later in the same discourse, Jesus states that those who do not love Him do not keep His commandments (John 14:24). Only those who have heard about Jesus and who love Him are saved (John 14:23). Those who don't love Jesus don't keep His commandments. Such a person is not saved because God does not live with such a one.

Good Fruit

Anyone who does not do good works (good fruit) (John 15:2) is not saved (John 15:6).

Salvation Requires Works

Salvation is not just of faith—we must work at it (Philippians 2:12).

The good works of believers are not an afterthought in the mind of God, they are a part of salvation (Ephesians 2:10).

People who sin do not go to heaven (Ephesians 5:5). God judges us for the sins we commit. Notice that this verse does not provide a clause which excludes Christians from judgment. Even Christians are judged by their deeds.

Saving Faith Includes Works

Paul refers to their faith in terms of their works of faith (Philippians 2:17).


We are called to become perfect in this life (Colossians 1:28). Our sins are not merely covered overas many Protestants teach. We must reform ourselves.

Not By Works

Protestant anti-Catholicsoften accuse the Catholic Church of teaching salvation by works. The Church does not teach this. Nor does the Bible teach this. Salvation definitely requires faith by grace.

The Bible teaches that we are not saved by works (Ephesians 2:8,9). We must have faith to be saved. God gives us this faith by His grace.