A recent daily Bible Verse (available freshly baked for your in-box every day; just go here) reminds us of the truth that we should not put our faith in mortal man. Especially not ourselves.
We can not be the authors of our salvation; it is a pure gift. From Ephesians 2:8-9:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.
As a Calvinist, this is hardly a surprise to me — it makes sense, one of the bases of my faith. That is, my faith is a gift, which I, a depraved sinner, can not possibly have earned by my deeds.
On the other hand, and sure and there’s always another one whether you need it or not, it is not useful to fuss and feud about faith versus works. They go together. If ye be saved, then ye shall have faith, as the old-time preacher might say. If ye have faith, then works shall surely follow.
Who is to know which really came first? I say faith preceeds works; ye say the opposite. We both open ourselves up to the same salvation through Christ Jesus. As the Lord tells Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”