by Andrea Elizabeth
I do not believe it to be a works-based theology to see the necessity of obedience as a means of yielding ourselves to God for his return gift of righteousness as in the following:
“Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”
Works-based salvation to me is isolating the works as righteous so that doing them alone, apart from submission and obedience to God, automatically makes one prosperous.
There are properties of prosperity and happiness related to good deeds that seem to be cosmically inherent, but God is not necessarily bound to them. We ask for mercy because we violate them, and because we do not want positive side effects without Him.