The Watchtower Society definitely teaches that in order to be saved, Jehovah's Witnesses must work for it. They MUST attend all of the Meetings.They MUST put in ENOUGH hours out in Field Service.They MUST not disobey the Watchtower Society.They MUST not have independent thoughts.They MUST not take whole Blood Transfusions.They MUST not be involved in politics, the list goes on and on.
Here is a confusing quote from a Watchtower:
The Watchtower, February 1, 1996 Issue:
Salvation is a free gift from God. It cannot be earned. Yet it does require effort on our part. If someone offered you a very valuable gift and you did not show enough appreciation to pick it up and take it with you, your lack of gratitude might prompt the giver to present it to someone else. Well, how valuable is the lifeblood of Jesus Christ? It is a free gift, but we must demonstrate deep appreciation for it.
So does the Watchtower say that salvation is free or not free? It seems that the Watchtower is speaking from both sides of their mouth. Salvation cannot be earned, but requires effort? It is as if someone said "Look, I have a free gift for you, and now to show your appreciation for the gift you have to clean my house, mow my lawn, and wash my car," would it in any real sense be a free gift?
What does the Bible say about salvation?
New King James Version:
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.
Romans 9:16: knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
Romans 9:21: I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."
The ONLY way to get saved is by putting all your faith and trust and hope in Jesus Christ and His Sacrifice for your sins and His Resurrection.
The Wonderful Gospel is amazingly simple, yet profoundly supernatural:
Romans 10:8: But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.1 Corinthians 15:1-8: Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
While the scriptures tell us that "Faith Without Works Is Dead" it does not spell out those works for us. The Watchtower has determined that this scripture means that we should all preach from door to door recruiting new members for them.
However, "Works" could be any number of things. Feeding the poor, comforting the grieved, working with disadvantaged children, conducting clothing drives, and even living an exemplary life demonstrating our faith to all who know us.