“Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made” – Francis Chan
And this is why I believe that any good works you do to either gain salvation, or that you just do outside of faith in Jesus Christ, are not really good works at all but are sinful works. Any good that you do to try to earn salvation, is not motivated by love for God or His people, it is motivated by selfishness. It is, “if I do this, look what I’ll get back from it: salvation!”. Also, any good that you do apart from Jesus is (90% of the time) for you own benefit, image, or just pride and is therefore not a good work, but a bad one! Man is born evil, therefore apart from love (and love is given by God and defined by God) he can do no good.