easy believism

Agonizing to Enter It

by Jason Moore on November 11, 2010

I know this shocks some people, because we hear all the time that getting saved is easy. “Just sign this little card!” “Just raise your hand!” “Just walk down that aisle while the choir sings one more stanza!” “Just recite this prayer!” “Just ask Jesus into your heart.” It all sounds simple. The only problem is that none of those actions has anything to do with real salvation and getting through the narrow gate. That sort of invitationalism implies that Jesus is some poor pitiful Savior, waiting for us to make the first move to allow Him His way. It implies that salvation hinges on a human decision, as if the power that saves us were the power of human “free will.”

[MacArthur provides a few paragraphs explaining how this sort of invitational phenomenon started with Finney in the late nineteenth century, was carried on by Moody and soon became part of standard Christianity. He shows how it is, at its heart, anti-Calvinist. He then continues…]
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Every Christian must test the accuracy of the gospel he believes and preaches by Scripture alone. Since every true Christian is endowed with a fervent love for God’s word, we are all called to search the Scriptures together in love and in unity. All of God’s people are to do this through fervent prayer and with an openness to learn by careful inspection of their own approach and theology. Acts 17:11 tells us that the Bereans received the Word of God with all eagerness, and examined the Scriptures daily to see if the things concerning Christ were true, and many of them believed. Our goal as believers is to stir up in one another a fervent hunger for truth and wisdom. Unfortunately many in the church today conclude that searching the Scriptures together and arriving at differences of opinion promotes disunity and divisiveness. However, the only real foundation for Christian unity is the truth of Scripture. Charles Spurgeon once said “the best way to promote union is to promote truth. It will not do for us to be all united together by yielding to one another’s mistakes. We are to love each other in Christ; but we are not to be so united that we do not see each other’s faults; and especially not able to see our own. No, purge the house of God, and then shall grand and blessed times dawn on us.”

We at ethea pray that the Gospel would be of the utmost importance to every Christian soldier, because it alone is the power of God for salvation.

We also pray that by revealing the unscriptural tradition of human decisional regeneration we may by God’s grace rescue many from this deception which leads to eternal death. You have often heard it preached or said somewhere in the presentation of the Gospel, “It’s what you do with Christ that matters”, this is human decisional regeneration. The Scriptures teach no such doctrine, but rather we read of the tax collector who would not so much as lift his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, God be merciful to me, a sinner! Luke 18:13. He understood the wrath of God was upon him and it was what God would do with him that mattered. Divine supernatural regeneration is rooted in Christ alone, by God alone, to the glory of God alone. Biblical regeneration is a supernatural work of God and not a human work of man.
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The Lordship of Christ

by Jason Moore on October 22, 2009

This was originally posted in the October 2009 edition of TableTalk magazine, for the 22nd day devotional. Get out your napkins….here comes all meat, no bones. Gospel pwnge 😉

Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

If Faith alone justifies us, we must make sure we understand what true faith is, otherwise we may deceive ourselves into thinking that we have faith when in reality we do not. We have seen that our faith is in a person – the Lord Jesus Christ. In order for us to have faith in Jesus, we must know something about Him, believe that He is who He says He is, and trust in Him alone. All of this involves repentance because turning from our sin is the first step we take as we truly rest on Christ alone for salvation (Mark 1:14-15).

Placing our trust in Christ alone involves believing that as our sovereign Lord, He will accomplish all of His promises. We show that we love Him and understand that He alone perfectly knows what is good, right, and true  only if we obey Him (Genesis 2:16-17Genesis 22:1-14; John 14:15; James 2:14-26).

CORAM DEO: Living before the face of God

Far too many in our day have bought into a form of “easy believism” whereby they confess Jesus as savior but do not submit to Him as Lord. True, there is nothing we can do to make God love us, for His fundamental disposition toward those in Christ is already unwavering Love. But it does not follow that we should have no desire to please God. The repentant heart looks to thank the Lord for His favor through love to God and neighbor.

Today’s passage tells us that we must submit to Jesus as the Lord of all things if we are to be saved (Romans 10:9). Recently, however, some have taught that is is possible to be in a state of justification and yet be disobedient to Jesus. They have said that it is possible to receive Jesus as Savior without bowing to Him as Lord. Of course, these teachers have not said that this is the ideal situation, acknowledging that Christians should obey Jesus and manifest the fruit of the Spirit. Yet they have also said that a person can fail to live Christianly throughout the entirety of his life and still be saved. These teachers are attempting to preserve the doctrine of justification by faith alone, and they see any requirement of obedience to Christ as making salvation dependent upon our works.

But all this teaching does is misrepresent the biblical teaching on faith. Indeed, works do not contribute to our justification. Nevertheless, they do demonstrate that justifying faith is present (did you catch that? *jason added). Romans 6:1-4, James 2:14-26, and many other passages, are clear that obedience to Christ as Lord inevitably, necessarily, and immediately follows true faith. Authentic believers want to follow God in order to express how grateful they are for His grace. These good works of obedience in no sense justify us, but if we do not have them, we do not possess the living faith that justifies.

For further study:

1 Samuel 15:22-23
1 Kings 18:20-40
John 3:36
Hebrews 5:7-9

*All content remains the property of Ligonier Ministries…meaning, I didn’t write this! All Glory to our Savior.

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