BYU Studies, grace, works
No debate more thoroughly sunders the Christian world into competing factions than the simple question, Are we saved by grace or by works? It needs to be stated at the outset, however, that the framing of the debate in such terms is not truly accurate. Sola gratia, or salvation by grace alone, is one of the pillars of Protestantism. No one, on the other hand, affirms a doctrine of salvation by works. (Pelagians might have in the fifth century, but they are no longer alive to be part of the conversation.) The debate is really over the question, Are we saved by grace alone or by some combination of grace and works?
Givens, Terryl L.
"Understandings of the Relationship between Grace and Works,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 60:
3, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol60/iss3/9