Galatians 1:6 ¶ I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Galatians1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Galatians1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
I know that some will read this and say I am preaching works for salvation, but nothing could be farther from the truth. I know and fully believe that as the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: " Also in Acts 16:31 ........Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. For sure when one is saved by the dear Lord, he or she are saved by the pure Grace of God, plus nothing or minus nothing. There is not one thing you can do to merit God's favor or grace. One who obtains salvation from the Lord must get it by his mercy and grace alone or it will never be theirs.
This article does not give
place to the false doctrine that John F.
MacArthur Jr. and his "Lordship Salvationists" who have taken the term "easy
believism" and twisted it to blend in with their heresy of being critical
of those who believe in grace and the salvation given by the Lord to those
who come to him with a repentant heart and believes the gospel of eternal
life. MacArthur teaches that in order for a person to be saved he or she
MUST MAKE JESUS CHRIST ABSOLUTE LORD OF EVERY
AREA OF HIS LIFE BEFORE BEING SAVED. That is
false doctrine and an absolute impossibility for anyone to accomplish. God
is talking to Christians in
1John 1:8 ¶ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive
ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
It is God's grace and love for man that he can
be saved and given eternal life. No one can be saved apart from the pure
grace of God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. John F. MacArthur Jr. and
his followers teach a WORKS salvation which is heresy and must be exposed.
On the other hand, there are many who teach "another gospel" which is called "easy believism" or as David Cloud rightly calls "Easy Prayerism" and twisted it to fit their false teaching. Now, I do not for one moment believe in the John F. MacArthur's doctrine of LORDSHIP SALVATION and believe that his teaching is just as wicked as the "easy prayerism/believism" doctrine preached by many pastors. Calling the "Easy Believism" method of salvation is in the same pot as those who want to call the NIV and other perverted "bibles?" Bibles. Just because they call them Bibles does not for one moment mean that these books are indeed Bibles.
Today, in the ranks of our Independent Baptist churches, we are overcome by the super salesmen "soulwinners" who pull professions out of lost souls with a promise that they will go to heaven on the basis of a little prayer and a profession of faith in Jesus. They follow the Hyles, Hutson, Gray, Vinyard, statement of faith and never know the reality of passing from death to life. The followers of these preachers of corruption are promising lost souls liberty where there is no liberty.
2 Peter 2:19-22 -- While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption. for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
My "easy believism" wording goes a little deeper than the "easy prayerism" phrase. The heart that has not been convicted by the Holy Ghost is able to desire a fire escape and give a consent to believing in God but like God said in James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. Of course we know that the devils do not repent and obtain mercy, yet they "believe" the same way a lost person can believe without obtaining salvation. Their "easy Prayer" is a result of them trying to find, or being led into an easy fire escape which comes from a heart that has not come under conviction of the Holy Ghost. There is something very wrong about that kind of "conversion". I can not help but believe that if a person is delt with as God tells us to and a person repents, believes, and calls on the Lord, Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. you could see a few of them at church, at least long enough to be baptised. In time they may become carnal and disobedient but I think a true conversion would at least cause them to come to church the day after their profession.
The problem today is that so many preachers and teachers do not understand what saving faith is and what brings about this faith that obtains God's Grace. I intend to go into the Bible doctrine of Faith, Grace, and Repentance as simply and clearly as I can.
EASY BELIEVISM is the meaningless professions gathered by the "Super-Salesman" soul winners that lead poor sinners down the road to a hollow, worthless, repeat after me, statement which fools the sinner into thinking he or she is saved. Most of the time they cannot be found after their "profession" and never follow the Lord in baptism or church attendance. Many times they will "join" a church and possibly be baptized but are scarce from then on. This type of hollow, dead profession does not result in the poor sinner realizing his sin is before and against God and therefore is not passed from death unto life. John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
The doctrine of salvation is perhaps the most important doctrine taught in the Bible. To make a mistake in the doctrine of salvation is to either go to hell yourself or lead some other person to hell because they cannot get saved through false teachings. The doctrine of EASY BELIEVISM has essentially overtaken our ranks in the Independent, Fundamental Baptist Churches. Thousands are being led down a primrose path but remain lost without Christ because so many preachers have fallen for the shallow, lifeless approach to seeking "conversions" without any Bible foundation.
Galatians 1:6 ¶ I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: (7) Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (8) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
"Easy-Believism" is so widespread among our churches that we have vast numbers of "professing Christians" who have no more than a mental and verbal, profession or statement of faith that some "Super Salesman" soul winner led them into.
I have heard the reasoning of some that, "Well, maybe all of them that make professions do not really get saved but we can rejoice that some do, and at least they will go to heaven." At first glance this kind of reasoning may sound good, but to the rest, who are led into thinking they are saved and end up in hell by being given a false hope by the "Salesman" will have nothing to rejoice over.
I know I will get a lot of criticism but consider this. A lost person who makes a "profession" with no substance, is that much more likely to go to hell, because they think they are saved, yet they have never come face to face with the Saviour.
A meaningless "profession" without genuine repentance and a repeat after me prayer at the end of a gospel tract does not automatically mean that the person has passed from death to life. Just words, without a knowledge of the holiness of God, will not get anyone saved. Genuine repentance is more than just an agreement with the "Salesman" soul winner, but a complete change of mind about sin and God. Saving faith can only come by the Holy Ghost after one sees himself before a holy God that does not excuse sin. God does not require a person to make a long list of sins that he may bring before Him, but He does require a recognition of ones condition before saving faith can be given. Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. The "Easy-Believism" preachers side-step the repentance, or changing of attitude portion and lead the poor sinner into a hollow profession that brings about no change of heart, mind, or attitude toward God. Repentance is the act of changing one's mind or attitude about his or her condition before God. Webster defines the word as "to feel sorry for or reproachful for what one has done or has not done. A person who has repented not only sees himself in the light of being away from God but has faced up to the fact that his life belongs to God. No wonder they cannot be found in church or even get them there long enough to get them baptized. That kind of "Soul-Winning" puts a lot of notches on the "Salesman's" belt but it does not get the poor sinner saved.
When Cornelius and his household were saved, the record related to us in Acts 11:18 says. "When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life". The church at Jerusalem glorified God that the Household of Cornelius, who were gentiles had been included in the same salvation as themselves. Notice that they had been GRANTED REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE. Also notice that the repentance was granted to them before they received the new life. God did not write his word with a hit and miss attitude. The Holy Ghost had a reason for putting the word "repentance" ahead of the words "unto life" It was necessary that Cornelius and his household recognized Jesus as the "Lord" and not just as an "Easy Believism" fire escape. I'm sure that if Peter had asked them if they "wanted to go to heaven when they die?", as is the broken record question that most of the "easy believism soul winners" like to use, he would have quickly heard a "Yes sir" reply. He could have asked "Would you like to know for sure if you died, you would go to heaven?" and the reply would be the same. It would take an idiot to say otherwise. Just by useing loaded questions such as these does not mean a person is ready to be saved. That is the reason that God said in Romans 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God". God uses his word to convict sinners of their sin and then by his word being used on their hearts by the Holy Ghost he grants them repentance unto salvation. In other words, he changes their attitude about sin and their position before a holy God who loved them and gave his only begotton Son for them and then when they turn to the dear Lord Jesus and believe and call on him they are given eternal life. 1John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
[ EASTON'S BIBLE DICTIONARY EXPLAINS REPENTANCE AS FOLLOWS:
There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote repentance. (1.) The verb _metamelomai_ is used of a change of mind, such as to produce regret or even remorse on account of sin, but not necessarily a change of heart. This word is used with reference to the repentance of Judas (Matt. 27:3).
(2.) Metanoeo, meaning to change one's mind and purpose, as the result of after knowledge. This verb, with (3) the cognate noun _metanoia_, is used of true repentance, a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised.
Evangelical repentance consists of (1) a true sense of one's own guilt and sinfulness; (2) an apprehension of God's mercy in Christ; (3) an actual hatred of sin (Ps. 119:128; Job 42:5, 6; 2 Cor. 7:10) and turning from it to God; and (4) a persistent endeavour after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments.
The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Ps. 51:4, 9), of pollution (51:5, 7, 10), and of helplessness (51:11; 109:21, 22). Thus he apprehends himself to be just what God has always seen him to be and declares him to be. But repentance comprehends not only such a sense of sin, but also an apprehension of mercy, without which there can be no true repentance (Ps. 51:1; 130:4).]
Repentance is required by God before faith to believe is given. We see that repentance is involved in the forgiveness of ones sin in Matthew21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. Because they refused to repent, they were unable to believe the gospel. There can be no saving faith, regardless of how much persuasive leverage the "soulwinner" uses, if the sinner is not brought to repentance."Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,......." (Acts 3:19).
One "Easy-Believism" preacher, Jack Hyles of the large First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, says that "sin does not have to be repented of, only forgotten." I have heard these preachers use Hebrews 10:17 as a proof text. "And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more". I have news for them, Only God has that kind of "Forgetter". I am afraid these preachers want to hide their sins instead of forget them.
Real repentance and faith are inseparable. Saving faith and repentance requires a change of mind about one's sin and about Christ. The sinner must realize that he is a sinner before a holy and righteous God, and stands rightly condemned before God. Knowing and realizing that Christ died on the cross for all his sins and has taken God's wrath and judgment for those sins upon Himself. Knowing that he can do no good works or deeds for salvation, he puts faith and trust in Christ alone. This is saving faith and repentance. One could repent, change his mind, attitude, etc. and remain lost because he refused to believe or trust the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. He could come to this place and decide to "turn over a new leaf" and try to live good enough from then on so he could go to heaven, and remain lost. But one can not truly believe on the LORD Jesus Christ until he has repented. Just "believing" in Jesus without coming to the place where one sees himself lost and undone before a holy God which requires payment for sin (Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.) is not enough. James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. The Bible teaches in Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. One cannot be had without the other. "Easy-Believism" tries to give salvation without dealing with the sin nature of man.
Too many Christian workers and bus workers have chosen the easy route of getting false professions from little "Me-Too" children who repeat the little prayers without ever being taught about sin and without ever getting them "lost". This happens with adults as well as children far too many times. Some worker will try to get a sinner saved without ever getting them "lost". Lu 19:10 "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." It is not required that they confess a long list of sins to God but it is required that they recognize the sin that has them lost is their attitude toward God. They must see themselves as helpless before God and be willing to "change their attitude" toward him and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. They go hand-in-hand. When a sinner is drawn by the Holy Ghost to admit their need and calls on the Lord for salvation he at once is"...... passed from death unto life. John 5:24
There is no doubt that God wants to and will save anyone, large or small, who comes to Him with a heart that has been drawn by the Holy Ghost and calls on Him for salvation, Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. but the sinner MUST be taught that his life and sin is against God and that he or she MUST change their attitude and mind about their position before Him. Just working up a little zeal in the poor sinner to escape the fires of hell will not suffice to get him saved. Paul said about the Jews, Romans 10:2 "For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge." Jesus said in Mt 28:19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: " God said "teach" them. By Bible teaching the poor sinner will have knowledge to call on the Lord with real repentance and faith, Romans 10:17 "So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God", and the verse assumes that you will not have any trouble getting them to follow in baptism and living for the Lord. This is a far cry from the little weak-kneed profession we often see and never see them again after their so-called conversion.
When the rich young ruler wanted to know how to have eternal life, Jesus told him to sell all that he had and give the proceeds to the poor, and then "come, follow Me." Everyone does not mature and follow the Lord to the same degree, but it is entirely inconsistent with the teaching of the Bible, that a person who has seen themselves as a lost sinner before God, and called on Him for mercy and salvation, to not even make it to church long enough to be baptized. Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. John 10:27 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:"
I pray that if you, as a preacher or teacher, have fallen into the ungodly doctrine and practice of Easy-Believism, you will repent of it and turn to the true gospel to reach souls for the Lord.