Subtle Forms of Works Salvation | Victor Tey

We believe that we are saved by grace through faith and not by any good works we do. Trusting the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only requirement for salvation.

2 Corinthians 11:3-4
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Salvation is Simple

  1. If it’s so simple, how come you are taking so long to teach it?
  2. What Jesus had to accomplish is quite complex – death (physical and spiritual), burial, resurrection, blood, new body, etc.
  3. Trusting him to do it all for you is simple.
  4. ill. Bringing your car to a mechanic is simple, understanding what he did to fix your car isn’t.

The word of God is very clear that salvation is not by works

  1. Galatians 2:16
  2. Romans 3:28
  3. Romans 4:5-6
  4. Ephesians 2:8-10

Satan will spread his lies more subtly than just blatantly proclaiming “you must be saved by works”

  1. eg. Tracts that teach works salvation don’t just say on the front “how to work your way to heaven.” It’s always near the end or in the prayer.
  2. Nothing wrong with works – we are saved to do good works (Ephesians 2:10).
  3. The problem is when someone believes they must do works to be saved – this is heresy.

Let’s shine the light on these false doctrines and expose them for the works salvation heresies that they are

“You can believe in Jesus, but you still have to do your part/best to be saved.”

  1. A gift must be completely free
    1. Romans 5:15,16,18,6:23
    2. Romans 11:6
    3. Romans 4:5-6
  2. If you have to do your part you are not going to heaven because your part will be the whole part.
    1. James 2:8-11
    2. Galatians 5:1-9

“You must give/commit/surrender your life/heart/will to Jesus to be saved.”

  1. This is the complete opposite of the gospel.
    1. Matthew 20:27-28
    2. John 3:16
    3. John 6:47-51
    4. 1 John 5:11
    5. Galatians 1:3-5
  2. We do not give our life to Jesus to be saved. Jesus gave his life for us.

“You must make Jesus not only Saviour, but also Lord.”

  1. Also known as “Lordship Salvation”
  2. Luke 6:46
    1. Jesus is your Lord when you do what he says.
    2. Doing what he says is keeping his commandments.
    3. Keeping his commandments = works
  3. “If he’s not Lord of all, he’s not Lord at all.”
    1. Then he’s not the Lord of anyone who still sins.
    2. When you sin, Jesus isn’t Lord, Sin/Self is Lord.
      1. John 8:34
      2. Romans 6:16 

“You can lose your salvation” or “If you don’t have works you didn’t really get saved.”

  1. Once saved, always saved is clear in the bible
    1. John 3:36 – hath everlasting life (present tense)
    2. John 5:24 – shall not come into condemnation
    3. John 10:28 – shall never perish
    4. Jude 1:1 – preserved in Jesus Christ
    5. Ephesians 4:30 – sealed unto the day of redemption
    6. Hebrews 13:5 never leave thee nor forsake thee
  2. There are three ways people believe you can “lose” salvation:
    1. Committing a “really bad sin” – not keeping the commandments = works
    2. You walk away from the faith – stop doing the works
    3. Stop believing – only alternative to grace is works
  3. Other points:
    1. Salvation wasn’t gained by works, salvation isn’t lost through lack of works.
    2. You weren’t good enough to get saved, how can you be bad enough to lose it
    3. Jesus gave you salvation, Jesus would need to take away salvation,
    4. Free isn’t a payment plan.

“Salvation is only faith, but it must be a “genuine/living/saving” faith.”

  1. A “profitable” or “living” faith does require works
    1. James 2:21-26
    2. This can be seen by men – “Seest thou how…” (v22), “Ye see then…” (v24)
  2. But salvation is not by works
    1. Romans 4:1-6
    2. A “saving” faith is one that is on Jesus Christ, even without works.
    3. This can be seen by God.
  3. If you believe in salvation by grace, stop incorrectly using parables/verses (James 2, Matthew 24, 25) to teach works salvation.

“You must repent/turn from your sins to be saved.”

  1. What does it mean to “turn from sin”?
    1. This is just another way to say “keep the commandments”.
    2. if the commandment is “thou shalt not lie”
      1. What is the sin? – to lie
      2. How do you keep the commandment? – not lie
      3. If you turn from the sin of lying what are you doing? – not lying = keeping the commandment = works
  2. False accusation – We don’t believe in repentance.
    1. Believers should repent of sin – this is a work we should do.
    2. A person must repent to be saved
    3. A person does not need to repent of sin to be saved – this is works.
      1. ill. I don’t read the Koran – You don’t read?
      2. ill. I don’t believe in works to be saved – You don’t believe in works?
  3. Repent is a verb meaning to turn/change.
    1. Turn/change from what? What do we need to repent from to be saved?
    2. Hebrews 6:1 – “…repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,”
  4. Didn’t John the Baptist and Jesus preach repentance?
    1. Acts 19:4 – “believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
    2. Matthew 21:25-32 – “repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.”
  5. The bible defines “turning from your sins” as works.
    1. Jonah 3:10 – “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way;”
    2. Deeds = Works
      1. Romans 3:20,28 – “deeds of the law.”
  6. “I don’t believe repentance is turning from sin but I’m still going to say it when I preach the gospel.”
    1. Most people think “repent” means to “turn from sin”.
    2. Would be wise to clarify what it means.
    3. If you explain it as believing, why not just preach it that way?
    4. John 20:30-31 – Gospel of John doesn’t use the word “repent” even once.

Galatians 1:6-10
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

  1. Beware of angels preaching another gospel
    1. Mohammad and Joseph Smith should have read their bibles before believing those satanic spirits pretending to be Gabriel and Moronai.
  2. Beware of apostles that preached another gospel.
  3. Beware of men that preach another gospel – even independent baptists.
    1. “It’s just semantics, they say it but that’s not what they mean.”
      1. If that’s not what they mean they need to stop saying it.
      2. We don’t need a bunch of preachers that aren’t clear on salvation teaching the people of God every Sunday.
    2. I understand that not every preacher who says these things is intentionally preaching works salvation.
    3. If a person is saved and they’re saying these things, obviously they can not be sent to hell.
    4. If there are good men preaching a false gospel I pray to God that
      1. they would be corrected
      2. they would stand up for the truth amongst their peers
      3. otherwise that God would remove them from the ministry before they do more damage.

If you’re not going to split hairs over salvation then what are you going to split hairs over?

Salvation is very serious because it’s not just physical life and death, it’s eternal life and death.


  1. Daniel R 21st April 2015
    • Victor Tey 21st April 2015
  2. Bro. E.J. Kane 5th October 2015

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