But in no way do I believe that one finds salvation that way if there is no confession of sin and profession of faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins, else it makes Christ's death on the Cross pointless.
Nonetheless, many preach a gospel of works rather than a gospel of grace:
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!
Faith produces fruit in the form of works and by our fruit (good deeds) we shall be known but good deeds alone do not lead to salvation. Or why else would Jesus say:
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
You cannot be a fruitful branch and yet deny the vine.
Jesus says blessed are: first seven Beatitudes - don’t mention anything about what the person believes. He doesn’t say, “blessed are the peacemakers if they belong to the Baptist Church and proclaim Me Savior.” So what’s with that?