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Why preach "easy believism"?

Because the Bible says salvation is easy!

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
You’re right, I am preaching “easy believism”, because the Bible says that there is simplicity in Christ. Jesus said his yoke is easy and his burden is light in Matthew 11:30.  

Salvation is likened to walking through a door by Jesus:

John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Jesus also likened salvation to taking a drink of water:

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 

Walking through a door is easy. Taking a drink of water is easy. Getting saved is easy. But most people will not humble themselves to accept God’s free gift of salvation.

Nowhere in the Bible will you find that salvation is difficult. “Easy believism” is “Bible believism”.   And although salvation is easy for us, it cost Jesus everything.  He suffered greatly for our salvation, being marred more than any man.

Isaiah 52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: 

That means the beating and suffering he endured was greater than anyone else's.  The Romans' practice of crucifixion involved scourging someone almost to the point of death before nailing them to the cross.  And Jesus was totally innocent.  He suffered all that for US. It wasn't easy for Jesus.   And all the suffering on earth coupled with being separated from the Father and going to hell for 3 days and 3 nights, like the Bible says in Matthew 12:40 and Acts 2:27-31.  


You have the Source of salvation in the text: "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else." [Isaiah 45:22] Doesn’t it seem strange that we have to emphasize "me"? Salvation is not in a church, not in any denomination, not in sacraments, not in ceremonies, not in rituals, not in works, not in reformation; salvation is in a Person—the Lord Jesus Christ. "Look unto me, and be ye saved." 

My most difficult job as an evangelist is getting people to look to Christ alone for salvation. Some very sincere people look to Jesus and the baptistry. "It is not enough to look to Jesus," they say; "you must also be baptized." 

Now everybody who gets saved ought to be baptized by immersion in a local church, but no one gets baptized to be saved. It is not looking to the baptistry; it is looking to Jesus. 

I have been baptized, and I try to live right. But if I had to die right now and stand at Heaven’s gate and were asked, "Curtis, why should we let you in?" I would not say, "Because I lived right." I believe I would stand tall and say: 

“My hope was built on nothing less 

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; 

I dared not trust the sweetest frame, 

But wholly leaned on Jesus’ name.”

Source: Dr. Curtis Hutson, “Simple Salvation”

IT'S ABOUT JESUS, NOT US!

The gospel is summed up in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that’s it. It’s not what we do or how we live our life that gets us saved, it’s believing the gospel that gets us saved.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (2) By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” (3) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;” (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

It's about HIM, not us.  We are saved by HIS righteousness, not our own.

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith

If you try to insert your own righteousness somewhere, you are not submitting to the righteousness of God.

Romans 10:3-4 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (4) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

There is a deadly accusation against us that we believe "easy-believism." (Of course, I must confess that I don't know what "hard-believism" is.) I simply believe in "believism." 

Perhaps the folks who were bitten by the fiery serpents in the wilderness and were saved from death by simply looking at the brazen serpent lifted on a pole were accused of believing an "easy-lookism." I would imagine that somebody accused the Ethiopian eunuch of practicing "easy-believism," and the same thing would be true of the Philippian jailor or the woman at Sychar's well. Each of them was saved during one conversation in the matter of a few minutes. I feel the term "easy-believism"is a term used by those who are spasmodic in soul winning for those who are faithful in soul winning. It may even be an excuse for their lack of soul-winning effort.

Source: Dr. Jack Hyles, Enemies of Soul WInning

DOES ANYONE DARE TO CALL GOD'S GRACE "CHEAP?"

It makes me very angry when people use this term.  God's grace is not cheap!  It's cheap for someone to give up drinking or smoking or do whatever else they think is getting them saved.  But the grace I'm trusting in cost Jesus everything.  It's not about us, it's about Jesus!

 

Quit making salvation hard! Salvation is by believing on Jesus Christ…..period!

 

John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.