Ephesians 2: 8-10 "8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." The theology of all major Protestant denominations in the United States says that we are not saved by works, but by faith. I do not know about the SDA and some smaller denominations. Based on a debate a few years ago between a Catholic Priest and a Baptist minister on the John Angleburger (sp?) show, the Catholic church believes that some works are required for our faith to be effective (At least that is what I got out of the debate; if that is wrong, please correct me.). However, that is not the intent of this thread to discuss Catholic beliefs concerning works. My question is since we live in a predominantly Protestant nation, why do so many unsaved people believe works is a requirement for salvation? Many believe that God grades on a good works curve concerning salvation. Is the church responsible for this? It seems that all of our evangelical methods (EE, F.A.I.T.H., Roman Roads, etc.) are geared at reaching those who assume works are required for salvation. I assume that these methods would be geared to reach the majority of unsaved people; so the majority of unsaved people must believe works are required for salvation. Salvation is a gift from God. Why do so many unsaved people assume that some works are required for salvation?