Greetings friends, I know in the Bible it says something to the effect of "By faith is man saved, not by works" among other things. From what I understand, that is the general teaching of Evangelical churches today. But it is something I have struggled with. Are not works important along with faith? In the Bible Jesus always seems to encourage works along with having faith in him. He praises the woman who gave her last coin to charity, commands the woman taken in adultery to "sin no more", tells his disciples to "love one another as I have loved you", and most hauntingly speaks of the "sheep and goats" allegory. I guess I've had trouble with the whole "faith alone" aspect of salvation. If that were true, one could technically steal, rape, and kill weekly and still get into heaven, as long as one had "accepted Jesus" at an earlier point. While the above mentioned crimes may seem horrible to human beings, to God it would seem they are just sins, like every other sin. They are "screw-ups" according to the Lord, but not bad enough to keep one out of heaven, since Jesus paid the penalty for these sins on Calvary, many years ago. Can someone help me? Am I correct in my perception?