Any attempt to “belittle” Paul’s teaching will only show that one does not really care about “submission” nor “The Truth” anymore. One might even goes as far as nullifying the Word of God to secure denominational pride. If this is the case, it’s very unfortunate.
About works and faith Paul wrote :
Now to the one who WORKS, his wage is NOT credited as A FAVOR, but as WHAT IS DUE . But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his FAITH is credited as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED. “BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT.”
If one is doing good works all the time, he does not need God to forgive him. And if he can do all the works all by himself, surely God will reward/ judge him according to his works. But this is not about having FAITH in God’s MERCY.
God’s chosen people are those who have FAITH in Him, and because of this, they receive undeserved favor . This undeserved favor is what we call God’s grace that frees us from PUNISHMENTS of sins such as lusts, sicknesses, bad habits, etc those things cause one feel as if he has “no hope” (condemn/ punish himself in his heart) but actually he has abundant hope in Jesus. He is only “deceived” by sins. Sin’s witnesses are false witnesses. Our Sin is nothing but lies (although it looks real, but those are not of the highest truth ! ). So what is the truth then? The truth is this : That Jesus has died for us so that we can be free from our sins. Anyone say this is THE TRUE WITNESS OF TRUTH. But if you don’t belief this highest truth, and hold on to Sin’s witnesses in your life, then surely you have no hope and you will perish together the lies that you believe all the time
God who is faithful has bestowed on each of us this Grace of MERCY that we have to hold on fast : that Jesus has died for “my” sins.
Jesus said this : " I AM the the way, the truth, and the life, no one can come to The Father except through Me". This means : anything outside Jesus are not the truth, it has no way out, and definitely not alive.
If one denies FAITH that SAVES then he is no longer Jesus’ follower. Because this teaching is not Paul’s teaching but Jesus’ who said “Your faith have saved you” & “Let it happen according to your Faith” all over the Gospel books.
And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their FAITH, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.”
But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your FAITH has made you well.” At once the woman was made well.
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little FAITH, why did you doubt?”
Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your FAITH is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.
And He said this precisely when He healed the sick and did miracles. One have to deny Jesus’ teaching to deny the SAVING FAITH teachings. Because of this FAITH the Kingdom of God be present among us even from the present time when we are still in the world.
But if it is by the finger of God that (I) drive out demons, then THE KINGDOM of God HAS COME upon you.
And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform HEALING.
and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like CHILDREN, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
May God blesses us all.