Easy Believeism

There are many in the evangelical church today that have adopted the idea that since we are justified by faith alone there is no need to mention sin or repentance in the Gospel presentation. The Gospel is presented as simply an acknowledgement of Christ and acceptance of the free gift of salvation. There is no mention of sin, submission to the Lordship of Christ, sanctification, etc. The Gospel message has always been a message of “repentance and faith.” Jesus’ first word spoken in his teaching was repent!(Matt. 4:17)  John the Baptist came preaching “repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”(Matt.3:2) And this was the heart of the apostles’ message (Acts 3:19, 20:21, 26:20). I believe this is the reason why a lot of so-called Christians make empty professions of faith and their lives bear no fruit, or their lives are characterized by sin and disobedience and  eventually apostasy. It may very well be that they have never heard the TRUE & SAVING Gospel. A Gospel that reveals how utterly and desperately sinful we are before and infinite & holy God, a Gospel that shows us that we are all dead in our trespasses and sins(Eph. 2:1), a Gospel that strips us naked and bare before a righteous and just God, a Gospel that requires us to forsake and abandon all for the sake of Christ, a Gospel of repentance and faith, a Gospel that truly allows us to see that we need to be rescued from our sins and that is only found in Jesus Christ, a Gospel that captures our heart with joy and praise at the fact he takes worthless and rebellious sinners like me and grants them eternal life and transforms them to saints, the Gospel that truly is good news! In order to understand the grace and mercy found in Christ we must first understand why we need his grace and mercy. And once we are justified by faith alone we will begin to produce fruits in keeping with repentance. Martin Luther explained it this way, “we are justified by faith alone but that faith is never alone.”

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One thought on “Easy Believeism

  1. Mike says:

    wow preach it brother! great post brother!

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