For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 6:8,9
If asked the question, "When you die will you go to Heaven, most would answer, I am a good person, I would hope so." The problem with that answer is the fact that no one is good enough to go to Heaven. When a rich man asked Jesus, "Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answered and said, "No one is good but God."
Most of the world's religions are works based and require much personal sacrifice and ritual in order for one to gain entrance into their eternal reward according to their religion's requirements. Even many evangelical Christians are on the same treadmill of works, not being enlightened by Holy Spirit's revelation of the freedom that we have in Christ. Do you feel guilty when you don't go to church, read your Bible enough or pray enough, if so, you are in bondage to the works of the law and not under grace in which you were saved by faith.
The apostle Paul constantly dealt with the Gentile churches about the dangers of coming back under the law and not walking in the freedom of the Spirit. For instance the Galatian church was compelled by the Jewish brethren to be circumcised according to their tradition and Paul rebuked them saying, "Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?" Jesus set us free from the works and traditions of Jewish law and we have been liberated by grace through faith and there is absolutely nothing we can do to gain God's approval other than to receive His blessings by faith!
Therefore, having been justified (pardoned) by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1,2
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin