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Salvation then works or works and then salvation?

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According to my interpretation of Scripture, we must have works in order to have faith:

James 2:17
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

and we must have faith in order to be saved.

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Here's the logic.

Without faith we can't be saved because without faith we can't even please God.

Therefore faith precedes salvation.

And without works, faith is dead.

Therefore works also precede salvation.

To put it another way,
1. faith, no works, dead faith, no salvation.
2. faith, works which perfect faith, salvation.

What say you?


De Maria

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