Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
-2 Peter 3:3-5
One who scoffs at God's Word.
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory;
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
One who takes God's Word seriously.
People who don't take the Bible seriously typically don't finish reading the verses they put under scrutiny.
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;
(Read "Was Mother Teresa a Christian?" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
When men do works to try and earn entrance to heaven, they are attempting to work off a debt that cannot be paid by works. Entrance to heaven only comes by a gift. The Bible teaches us that works will never get us into heaven, but also that faith without works is not real faith.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.