Easy Christianity

4. Easy Believism

"Easy-believism" is one of "Easy Christianity's" popular teachings. Like other false teachings "Easy-believism" is a perversion of truth. The Bible teaches--as Martin Luther and the Reformation proclaimed--that we are made right with God by faith in Christ alone. We grant that salvation is by faith alone. The question is easy-faith or biblical faith!

Biblical faith demands and produces costly and radical changes in one's life. Its essence is supreme commitment to Christ. "Anyone who loves his father or mother more that me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me" (Matthew 10:37,38). Its Siamese twin is repentance. "Produce fruit in keeping with repentance... The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire" (Matthew 3:8,10). Its distinctive mark is that it produces good works. "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead" (James 2:26). "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision, nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love" (Galatians 5:6).

If you've been told that you can have Christ as Savior without having Him as Lord; if you've been told that salvation is as easy as ABC; if you were assured that a momentary decision would save your soul, you've been taught "Easy-believism". If you think that such believing will save you, you are deceived!


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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.