Faith without works is dead. Thus, faith alone is not sufficient for salvation[/quote:36qhw2e9]
And right you are but we cannot forget the other Scriptures such as Romans 4:4-6 -For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.”[/i:36qhw2e9]and
[i:36qhw2e9]Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. [/i:36qhw2e9]
where we can see that saving faith is demonstrated with the works, not by the works, for as Galatians tells us:
[i:36qhw2e9]Galatians 2:16- Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.[/i:36qhw2e9]
So as you can see, Scriptures can be understood clearly by one that simply seeks the truth!