Grace is unmerited favor; unearned favor, also known as a gift, and it is free, as in unmerited. Works are earnings. If a person is going to pay for their salvation by doing good work, then salvation is no longer free, but earned. Now if grace means free gift, they've just lost out, because they're trying to earn their way to heaven. They might as well start building a staircase to heaven, because there is no hope in salvation by works.Winston wrote: ↑June 8th, 2018, 5:30 pmNo Twain was saying that Salvation is by FAVOR, which means God has to like you, just like a woman or friend has to like you. It's subjective and based on his or her opinion. That makes sense. Why would God be a machine that treats everyone equally? Equality doesn't exist anywhere in science, nature or reality. It's a concept that low class people want to believe in to elevate themselves. And a weapon that dangerous communists and socialists use to push their agenda for a NWO.Adama wrote: ↑June 8th, 2018, 5:03 pmTwain just said salvation is free. Grace means unmerited favor, meaning it is unearned. Merit means it is earned. Favor = grace = free = gift. Merit = earnings = work.
Mark Twain was not a Christian or believer. If you read his works, you'd know that. He was a deist, just like the founding fathers were. His treatise "Letters from the Earth" indicate that he was very highly critical of Christianity.
Not only must the works be perfect from time going forward, but also retroactively from the day of birth. Also, the commandments are deep and numerous. Even if the person thought he knew all of them, because of the inherent fallibility of man, it doesn't mean he can keep all of them his whole life.
Work salvation is a major deception, and a snare. Salvation by faith and works is also impossible. It's one or it's the other. If a person trusts in works, they are trying to earn salvation, when salvation is by grace, meaning it is by the free gift of God through faith in Christ.