March 8, 2009
“Easy-believism” has become a very popular teaching in many church denominations during the past several decades. The problem with this teaching is that is a very subtle perversion of the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that we are made right with God by faith in Christ alone. However, the question is this; are we saved by “easy-faith” or biblical faith.
There are several examples throughout the New Testament that shows us that biblical faith produces radical changes in one’s life after conversion to Christ ie. II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 12:2; II Corinthians 3:18. Another thing that faith in Christ produces is true biblical repentance toward God, ie. II Peter 3:9; Acts 17:30. And finally, true conversion to Christ will produce “good fruit”, or “good works” that are easily recognizable to others, ie. Matthew 7:16-20; James 2:17-20. Easy believism is knowing there is a God and believing that Jesus did actually exist and die on the cross. It is not hard to get people to “believe”in Jesus.
Easy believism also has a brother in “Easy-prayerism”, that is trying to get a lost person to “recite this prayer after me”, or “just ask Jesus in your heart” type of encouragement. This happens when we are trying to get “quick conversions” as we are soul winning from door to door, preaching from the pulpit, or teaching a bible lesson. We might say to a person, “if you died today are you sure you will go to heaven?” If the answer is “no”, we follow-up with “do you want to make sure that you would go to heaven?” What crazy person is going to say “no” to that question. We then proceed with a quick “one, two, three lesson on the Gospel, we ask the person if they believe all that, they say yes and then we recite the “sinners prayer” and they are miraculously saved forever. If we are real persuasive, we might see this person the next Sunday morning if we pick them up and take them home again. 99% of the time we never see the person again, never mind ever seeing them baptized, making a public profession, joining the church, or seeing any “fruit” come from their new life in Christ. Where are all the “new converts” all over this nation during the past ten years? If only 3% of those who profess Christ were at church, every state would need to build several new buildings to hold them all. Pastors cannot even get 70% of those on the active roll to come to church. Matthew 7:13, 14, 21-24 Are all those who call themselves Christians saved?? Jesus says that there are only “a few”.
MAKING THE MESSAGE CLEAR
Ephesians 2:8-9; I Corinthians 15:1-4 We believe on and stand firm on these gospel teaching scriptures on what is the gospel message and how a person is saved by trusting on Jesus Christ as Lord. However, if these were the only verses of scripture available to us, how could we understand what the full implications of the words in these verses meant?
Acts 8:26-37; 16;22-34 In these examples of lost people being brought to a saving “knowledge” of Christ, we can see that Philip and Paul took the time to preach and teach the scriptures to those who needed to be saved in order that they fully understand about salvation.
John 2:23-25; Mark 1:23-26 We must be careful when someone tells us that they believe in God, or believe in Jesus. The bible is clear about what “easy faith” is verses biblical faith.
Acts 11:18; 20:16-21 In these two separate illustrations we see Peter at the conversion of Cornelius and his family and friends. We then see Paul talking to the elders of the church at Ephesus and reminding them of his many years of ministry and telling them what he had been preaching to the Jews and the Gentiles from the beginning to the end of his great work for Christ; “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Romans 10:17 Saving faith can only come through the Holy Spirit of God after we see ourselves before a Holy God that does not excuse our sin. God uses His Word to convict sinners of their sin. The Holy Ghost then convicts us to the point of repentance unto salvation. We do not fully understand God, sin, faith, saving grace, repentance, Jesus sacrificial death, His bodily resurrection, and regeneration in a short sinners prayer.