Hello Troy. Because you joined this wonderful "Talk Jesus Forum" I'd like to call you my friend, if that's Ok with you. I have retired from the full time ministry to Churches. I spent 40+ years as a Pastor of three Baptist Churches. I also in the past 30+ years served Jesus as a Christian Psychologist. Since you are my new Christian Friend, if there is any way that I can help you, either to understand God's matchless Word, or counsel you in any trial that you may be facing or involved in, please give me the honor in helping you. I love you already. :hug You are absolutely correct in believing that our Salvation is based on Faith in Christ Jesus alone. As James says, Good works will follow Salvation in Jesus which is a testimony that Salvation is real and complete.