Most of "Saved by grace through faith" Christian teachings originated from Martin Luther. After diligently and deeply studying Bible for past 12 years, I came to the conclusion we are not saved by faith alone In Christ, as Martin Luther interpreted, but also through diligent obedience ---- doing the will of God versus our own will. Jesus Himself warns his followers about this in Matthew 7: 18-26. 18 “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. True and False Disciples 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ The Wise and Foolish Builders 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. Also the NT writer James in his epistle clearly cautions us about the futility of faith without works James 2: 14-17 Faith Without Works Is Dead 14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." There are several other places where Jesus repeatedly warns about importance of Picking up His cross, denying the flesh daily and Following Him. I truly believe that due to Martin Luther's (mis)interpretation, the obedience part of salvation doctrine ( which is as important as repentant Faith in the Lord) was downplayed /watered down/ ignored by many / most Churches. I do believe it could be because of the greed to enter heaven and the fear of being condemned; since it's so much easier to just believe than to follow the Lord--- and we as Christians know Following Christ is a very hard walk. For it’s embracing righteousness over sinfulness. But friends, faith without obedience is dead, according to Bible and which in turn brings about possibility of condemnation on the Day of Judgment. Based on my findings i wrote a small ebook for 99 cents only. Here's the link to the ebook. You can return it to Amazon after reading it and claim full refund of 99 cents-- if book is returned within a week. So basically I'm offering it for free. It more or less says what I have written here. https://www.amazon.com/Christian-Fa...=UTF8&qid=1510484824&sr=1-1&keywords=raj+sahu I’m NOT here to sell the book. Please don’t buy it. I want to bring awareness among fellow brothers and sisters in Christ that faith alone will not save anyone. For the full grace of the Lord we need to be obedient as well. Martin Luther was mostly relying on Paul's words in the NT to explain his point of view on Salvation. Luther should have realized that if Paul was talking about justification through faith alone why then did Paul and every apostle of the Lord ( save John to write the book of Revelation) lay down their lives ( Paul too was martyred-- he was beheaded ) for the sake of the Lord and His gospel. Here is the answer: The apostles knew the paramount importance of obeying the Lord's commandments and teachings. They obeyed even at the cost of their lives. They were obedient to the point of death. Are we greater than the apostles? No we are not. We don’t have to die for the Lord’s gospel as the apostles did. But at least we can keep His commandments --- if not all at least the one, the commandment of Love God and love ALL--- no exceptions. “Two commandments ( on which) depend all the Law and the Prophets” Matthew 22:37-40 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Christ's words in several places, including the Book of Revelation are very clear about salvation--- no obedience, no salvation. Give precedence to the Lord's ( red lettered) words over His servants' words, no matter how hard anyone wants you to. Jesus Himself says ( John 15: 20) " No servant is greater than the Master". Nor was any New Testament writer greater than his master, Lord Jesus Christ. Blessings to all and may the wisdom of the Lord be with you.