The Bible Teaches Easy Believism!
By David J. Stewart
It's Simple to be Saved
There is much criticism in religious circles today about what they term a "1-2-3 Gospel." Others call it "Easy Believism." Like it or not, the Word of God teaches that it's easy to be saved... "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13).
Sadly, there are liars amidst our brethren in the churches, who have crept in unawares, bringing in damnable heresies...
John MacArthur foolishly states:
“Salvation isn’t the result of an intellectual exercise. It comes from a life lived in obedience and service to Christ as revealed in the Scripture; it’s the fruit of actions, not intentions. There’s no room for passive spectators: words without actions are empty and futile… The life we live, not the words we speak, determines our eternal destiny.” While I agree that faith and actions can not be separated, to say “salvation…comes from a life lived in obedience and service to Christ” is dangerous ground.”
SOURCE: HARD TO BELIEVE, by John MacArthur, pg. 93.
Well, MacArthur certainly makes it "hard to believe." Clearly, MacArthur is teaching works salvation that only a blinded fool would deny. Repeatedly, in all of MacArthur's books, sermons and Bible commentaries, he teaches that believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is insufficient to save anyone. Acts 16:31 calls him a liar.
The "high cost of following Jesus" (see bottom of book cover)? What does that have to do with believing on Christ? Tragically, MacArthur has yoked one's faith with the life they live as requirements for salvation. Clearly, this is a false gospel that negates the free gift of eternal life. Remember, MacArthur said: "The life we live, not the words we speak, determines our eternal destiny.” The big deception about MacArthur's teaching is that no one can live without committing sin. So then who qualifies for Heaven? How much sin can you commit and still be "safe"? If the life we live determines our eternal destiny as MacArthur states, then we're all going straight to hellfire to burn forever and ever!!!
I just find it so ironic that MacArthur would write a book called "Hard to Believe," when the Bible plainly warns against those who would attempt to deceive us from the "SIMPLICITY that is in Christ" (2nd Corinthians 11:3,4).
Please read, John MacArthur Perverts Hebrews 12:14 and The Confusing World of John MacArthur.
Ray Comfort preaches a false gospel...
If belief is all that is necessary for salvation, then the logical conclusion is that one need never repent. However, the Bible tells us that a false convert "believes" and yet is not saved..."
Ray Comfort corrupts the Scriptures, claiming that believing on the Lord Jesus Christ ISN'T sufficient by itself for salvation. In sharp contrast, Romans 4:5 calls Mr. Comfort a liar, which states:
"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Romans 4:5).
The Word of God says that faith is enough by itself to save. Faith and repentance are inseparable! One who turns to the Lord to be forgiven of their sins has repented. Repentance is NOT turning from our sins to come to Christ; but rather, turning toward God to be forgiven of our sins by faith in Christ.
Ray Comfort is an extremely popular evangelist, with his ministries THE WAY OF THE MASTER and LIVING WATERS. Unfortunately, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron teach the heresy of Lordship Salvation...
“Merely being sorry for your sins, or confessing them to God won't help you. You must turn from sin (repent).”
SOURCE: LIVING WATERS ministry, SAVE YOURSELF SOME PAIN
Heresy! That is self-righteousness! Adding even the slightest work of self-righteousness to the gospel corrupts it into a false way, a false plan, and a road to damnation. Oh, that Lordship Salvationists would allow the Holy Spirit to do His work of changing the hearts of men; instead of perverting the gospel in a foolish attempt to force men to cease from sinning to be saved. Leave the gospel alone, don't mess with it! Eternal life is a free gift, paid for by Jesus' precious literal blood (1st Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 9:12,22-24). Salvation is received, not achieved.
Ray Comfort Perverts Luke 8:13 and
Discomforting Words of Ray Discomfort.
Like Ray Comfort, Paul Washer confuses the FRUIT of genuine repentance with the ROOT of the believer’s faith. Washer’s own words condemn him…
“3,000 kids came forward … It was just a bunch of kids doing what they’d been trained to do ever since they were in Sunday School. No tears, no repentance, no broken-hearts, no weeping over sin, no self-hatred, no realization of offenses against God given, nothing. A move of God? … I think not. Because when God moves, and particularly when God moves to save, there is repentance. Now what is repentance? The word means to change. Let me ask you a question … Have you changed?”
SOURCE: Repent and Believe, Part 4
Hypocritically, Paul Washer claims that salvation is without works while simultaneously teaching that a person CANNOT be saved without making CHANGES to their lifestyle.
Washer further states:
“My friend, if you repented and believed only in past tense, you’re lost and going to Hell. There is an initial work of repentance and an initial work of faith that continues on for the rest of your life, and that repentance grows deeper every day and that faith grows stronger. He said repent. Now what did He mean? He meant change. Change from what? From a life without God.”
SOURCE: Repent and Believe, Part 4
Unbelievable, Washer even uses the word "work" to tell on himself. He is teaching works salvation. Sadly, Washer falls short of 2nd Timothy 2:15. He simply does not study! In John 6:29 Jesus said: "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." The ONLY "work" of God required for salvation is that we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. That is exactly what Jesus taught in John 6:29. So why do Ray Comfort, John MacArthur and Paul Washer corrupt the simplicity that is in Christ by ADDING works to faith? Washer teaches that repentance means a changed life, and he requires that the changed life continue as an ongoing process in order to get to Heaven. Blasphemy!
It is clear from Washer's preceding statement that he is a Calvinist who believes in the Perseverance of the Saints, which is nothing less than pure works salvation. If we have to work to keep our salvation, then pray tell me how is it a gift from God? A gift is without works, just as Romans 4:5 and Ephesians 2:8,9 teach. Being born-again is not a process. Once a person is born-again into God's family, there is NO sin which they can commit to make them unsaved again. Once saved, always saved! There is NOTHING which a Christian must do to maintain or ensure their salvation. To teach anything else is a false gospel of self-righteousness!
Paul Washer is bad news! He promotes apostate
minister, Billy Graham. Graham has a star with his name cemented on
the sidewalk at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard alongside Hugh Hefner, Alice
Cooper, Marilyn Monroe, Liberace, Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Little
Richard. If anyone needs to repent, it's Paul Washer. Billy
Graham is of the Devil. How could Paul Washer speak so highly of such
a wicked minister as Billy Graham?
Paul washer teaches a false gospel, which requires a person to continue on God's path of righteousness in order to be saved. This is works salvation. Being born-again isn't a process! Like other false prophets, Mr. Washer deceitfully claims to believe in salvation by faith alone; while simultaneously telling young people that they must have a hatred for sin in order to be saved. Although God certainly expects each believer who loves the Lord to depart from sinful living; this is NOT a prerequisite to the gift of eternal life.
Washer's Washed-up Gospel.
The Imputed Righteousness of Christ
The word "imputation" isn't mentioned much anymore in religious circles, and to no surprise because the godless H.I.V. bible (aka, the New International Version) has completely removed the word. This is one of the main reasons why the heresy of Lordship Salvation has flourished in our churches today, because of corrupt bibles which obscure that Biblical doctrine of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. We read in Romans 4:22 of the trustworthy King James Bible concerning Abraham's faith... "And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness."
Abraham's faith was counted for righteousness (Romans 4:5), i.e., in response to Abraham's faith, Christ's righteousness was placed upon Abraham's eternal record in Heaven. This is what 2nd Corinthians 5:21 declares... "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." You see, it is Christ's righteousness by which we are saved; and not our own. Proponents of Lordship Salvation fail to understand this vital Biblical doctrine.
Romans 4:6, “Even as David also
describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom GOD IMPUTETH
RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT WORKS.”
A "1-2-3 Follow Me" Gospel
There is much criticism today amidst neo-evangelical Christians (most of whom do absolutely nothing to win souls to Christ) against those believers who use step-by-step outlines to get people saved. For example: The Romans Road is a popular presentation which uses various Scriptures found in the Book of Romans to witness to a person (i.e., Romans 30:10,23; 5:12; 6:23; 5:8; 10:13). Certainly, there is nothing wrong with The Romans Road.
The criticism is that some ministries use the 1-2-3 method to boost their number of converts, while in reality many of those people never get saved. This is indeed a problem in some ministries today. But the problem is not the simplicity of salvation, it's a lack of genuine concern on the part of some religious workers (who likely aren't saved themselves) when dealing with the lost. Prospective converts need to be told that salvation is NOT a religious event, or prayer, or turning over a new leaf, or making a commitment, et cetera. Salvation is coming to Christ as a guilty sinner, under the condemnation of God's Holy Law, and trusting upon the Lord to forgive our sins. Certainly, rituals and prayers cannot save a person if there is no heart's trust in the Lord.
However, it is a mistake and unfair to say that all soulwinners who use The Romans Road (or some other step-by-step method) to lead the lost to Christ are preaching a false gospel. That is simply not true.
If you want to be technical, there are ONLY 2-steps to salvation:
Salvation is that simple! So the next
time you hear someone criticizing the "1-2-3 follow-me" method of getting
people saved, you agree with them and let them know that it's really only
2-steps instead of three... We are SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR.
How easy is it to get saved? As easy as walking through a door... "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture" (John 10:9). How easy is it to get saved? As easy as drinking a cup of water... "If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water" (John 4:10). Oh listen my friend, salvation is a free gift from God, paid for by Jesus' literal, physical, precious blood which He shed for our sins (1st Peter 1:18,19; Hebrews 9:12).
Please don't listen to some false prophet who tells you that you cannot be saved simply by trusting upon the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive your sins. MacArthur is a false prophet! Ray Comfort is a false prophet! Paul Washer is a false prophet! Jack Chick, Don Piper, and Kirk Cameron are false prophets! All these men teach that believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins is not enough to be saved. Jack Chick requires lost sinners to "be willing to turn from sin" to be saved. This is a false gospel. Jesus never asked us to be willing to give up anything to be saved—It is the gift of God. Salvation is receiving; Not giving. You don't make Jesus Lord; He is Lord!
Salvation is easy. It is so easy to be saved that any child can be saved simply by coming to Jesus Christ as a sinner to be forgiven. Acts 10:43 states: "To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." John 3:16 promises: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." What is so difficult about that? Why do men like Ray Comfort and Paul Washer complicate the Gospel into a lie, saying that a changed life is required for genuine salvation? Although I believe these men are sincere, they are dead wrong... "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverb 14:12).
Do believers have a license to sin? ... Yes, technically! Certainly, no one has God's permission or blessing to sin (2nd Corinthians 5:10); but if a believer wants to go kill somebody, it won't affect their salvation one bit. To teach otherwise is self-righteousness. Romans 4:5-6 proclaims that salvation is without works. A man's faith is counted for righteousness. I'm not saying it's ok for believers to live in sin, not at all (Romans 3:31). God chastises (disciplines) and scourges (whips) His children when they sin (Hebrews 12:6-8). I'm simply saying that eternal life is a free gift from God (Romans 5:15; 6:23) which has absolutely NOTHING to do with the life we live (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Like it or not, God promises eternal life to anyone who simply receives Christ's death, burial and resurrection (the gospel) as payment for their sins, regardless of their lifestyle. It's easy to be saved. Christ died and was raised up for our sins. If that's your hope for Heaven, you are saved. Christ died, that's history; Christ died for me, that's salvation. Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God? Come as a confessed sinner and place your trust in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved immediately and eternally. It's that easy!
"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." —Romans 4:5
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