Let’s establish this. Since they were not Protestants and heirs of the Reformation pioneered by Luther and Calvin, Bible authors like Paul and Peter were not at all embarrassed to speak of “obeying the gospel”, as in 2 Thess. 1:8 and 1 Peter 4:17. What, works of merit! No. Actually both Scriptures discuss those who fail to obey the gospel as beyond the scope of salvation. The implication is that those who do “obey” the gospel are insiders to Christian salvation. But again, what does it mean to “obey” the gospel? What does it mean to “disobey”?