I like to converse with Christians who believe there’s a works element in The Gospel. Proponents of both views (no works vs. a works part) can site many scriptures that they can use to support their view. But, I believe there is a smoking gun that proves the case for one view or the other. Here it is: Whichever view fills you will peace/joy and sense of well-being. I think God was clear that when we believe the Truth, we will have major peace/joy. He calls it many things in the Bible. The Truth will set you free. A peace that passes understanding. The abundant life. Fruit of the Spirit. Living water. And others. For me, as soon as a works element is suggested in the Gospel, it makes me afraid and depressed. So, I figure that can’t be true because it doesn’t put me in a state that would match up with these “names” for the state of peace/joy offered to those who believe the Truth. Also, take a minute and read the “comments” of blog readers who take the radical grace view and see how joyful these people are. I can read authentic joy between the lines of those comments. You don’t find this in comments from those who espouse a Gospel that has an element of works.