Easy Christianity

2. Suspicious Inconsistency

One of the suspicious qualities of today's "Easy Christianity" is its inconsistency. For instance, "Easy Christianity" teaches that staying saved is all up to God. Christians will be saved irrespective of how they live. That's what "Easy Christianity" means by "Eternal Security." But when it comes to getting saved, that's another story. Getting saved, so "Easy Christianity" says, is all up to us. That is where we must make our decision for Christ. It's all up to our free will.

Quite obviously, this approach to salvation is hopelessly inconsistent except at one point. It is consistent in that it makes Christianity easy. People want a salvation they can get easily and keep even more easily. "Easy Christianity" accommodates them by illogically teaching "Eternal Security" and "Salvation by Decision."

Have you ever wondered why, if people can decide by their own free wills to get saved, they can't decide by their own free wills not to stay saved? If their free will can get them in, why can't it get them out?

The Bible truth is that "Easy Christianity" is wrong about both getting saved and staying saved, since both are all up to God and His sovereign grace, though both involve the intense activity of our hearts, minds, and wills. The Lord Jesus struck this balance on the matter of getting saved. "All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and the one who comes to me I will certainly not cast out" (John 6:37). The balance is perfect. It is because the Father gives that men come, but nonetheless they must and do come. The Word of God carries this balance into the matter of staying saved when Paul says, "Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:12,13). We must work, but it is because God works in us the will and the work!

This balance is critical for avoiding an "Easy Christianity" while maintaining an authentic Christianity.


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Bill Newcomer, Webservant. Send comments to: mrbill@vor.org. Original WWW publication December A.D. 1995. Moved to vor.org, November, A.D. 1996.