A hearty Hat tip to my friend Helen….
What is Easy Believism?
Easy believism is the false idea that one is saved and kept by a faith that consists of, and requires nothing more than, an intellectual acknowledge of Jesus as Savior or even a sincere prayer to receive Jesus as Savior. There needs not be any acknowledgement of Jesus as Lord, nor any present or subsequent intention of submitting to Him as Lord. That is, saving and persevering faith need not be demonstrated by or be accompanied with any present or future works of Spirit-empowered righteousness, namely the Spirit-born fruit of true repentance. Proponents of such also see repentance as only being a change in mind and not a change in present and/or subsequent behavior. So easy believism sees this category of Christians who receive Jesus as Savior, but in reality deny Him as Lord, which is totally unbiblical. The truth of the matter is that the same faith that saves, that is, a faith exercised by God’s grace and Holy Spirit power, is also the same faith which true believers will keep to the end (James 2; 1 Pet 2:5,9, etc).
What is Cheap Grace?
Cheap grace is the idea that a Christian is one who can continually live in sin because Jesus died for all sins for all time for the one who gets saved. Real repentance is not required since all sins have been paid for. Only lost rewards will be the result, if that. But in reality the person who advocates such a view does not understand or acknowledge that the true grace of God that brings salvation also instructs us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in this present age (Tit 2:11-12).
The proponent of such an unbiblical and nonsaving cheap grace who thinks lightly of living in sin, tramples underfoot the Son of God, and regards as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, insults the Spirit of grace (Heb 10:26-29) and turns the grace of our God into licentious and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (Jude 4), who bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet 2:24). For by His wounds were healed from our death in trespasses and sins and were given new life as new creations, seated in the heavenlies with Him, (Jn 3:3,5; Eph 2:1-6, 2 Cor 5:17), no longer to love the world, but as citizens of heaven, are to be aliens and strangers to the world (Phil 3:20; 1 Jn 2:15-17; 1 Pet 2:12), being transformed by the Holy Spirit’s renewing our minds and sanctifying our lives (Rom 12:1-2; 1 Thess 4:7-8).
There’s a start. While it may be hard for some to swallow, as it represents the Kool-Aid you were served and heartily gulped down….You don’t want more lies to help you feel okay with God” while you are still on the way to Hell do you? I didn’t think so.