There is a certain sect of Christianity referred to as Lordship salvation that would accuse me of teaching easy believism. They typically set up a strawman argument. In a strawman those who oppose you make a false representation of what you believe and then argue against it.
They will often say things like ‘walking an aisle’ or ‘repeating a prayer’ or “just believing some facts” is what I and others believe saves a person from hell. But that is the furthest from the truth. Biblical grace teaches that a person is saved the moment they understand and believe the gospel. It is a one-time act of hearing (understanding the gospel) and believing it, which causes an irreversible change in your final destiny. The Bible refers to that as being “justified by faith” (Rom. 5:1).
God made the message simple in that it is easily understood, but it’s not easy to believe . Most people and all religion think that you must ‘do something’ in order to be accepted. This goes against our pride.
5 Reasons Easy Believism is not Easy
|It’s not easy to believe that I’m a condemned sinner. Most people think that they are good. But Jesus said, “No one is good but One, that is, God” (Luke 18:19)|
|It’s not easy to believe that there’s nothing I must do other than believe. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, its the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9)|
|It’s not easy to believe that He rose from the dead. But He appeared after His resurrection to over “five hundred brethren”, to “all the apostles”, and lastly to the apostle Paul (I Cor. 15:6-8).|
|It’s not easy to believe in life after death by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. But Jesus said, “He who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47).|
|It’s not easy to believe that Jesus was not only a man, but that He is God. He said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).|
The gospel is a simple message. Jesus, the God/Man, died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day. That’s not hard to understand. It’s easy enough that even a younger child can understand it.
But human pride gets in the way and that makes the simple message difficult to believe. We are so accustomed to working for everything that we think salvation has to be worked for; that it has to be earned. But the Bible says, “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8, 9).
We have no work to do to receive everlasting life and the forgiveness of sin. Jesus Christ did all the work for us. Our salvation was purchased at great cost to our Lord. And in His amazing grace He offers it to us as a free gift; received by simply believing that His death, burial, and resurrection is sufficient.
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