True Faith VS Easy Believism

True Faith VS  Easy Believism

 

 

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock, The rain came down, the streams  rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house ; yet it did not fall, because it has its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these  words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose ,  and the winds blew and beat against the house and it fell with a great crash.”

 

 

                                                                                             Matthew 7: 24 - 27

 

 

The evidence of true saving faith is obedience to Christ. It is about taking Jesus words and instructions in the New Testament seriously.  The passage above  mentioned two kinds of faith . The genuine saving faith and the phony faith produced by easy-belivism.

The genuine saving faith has a proper founadation. It started with the realization of one’s sinfulness and depravity upon being pierced by the Word of God. Upon realization of his sinfulness, the sinner became broken  and deeply convicted of the depth of his carnality. He then saw himself as a terrible lost hell-bound sinner without hope of being saved apart from the work of Christ on calvary. He saw his ultimate hope on the cross of JesusChrist and embraced JesusChrist  as his personal savior.  Being aware of his exceedingly great indebtedness to Christ , he surrender his life to the Lordship of JesusChrist. He then became a true believer and follower of the Lord. He realized that it is only by God’s mercy and grace that he was saved. At this point the sinner who was completely humbled receive God’s forgiveness  and experience the mighty infilling of the Holy Spirit. He then receive a power from the Holy Spirit to live the supernatural life of a believer, to submit completely to the Lordship of Christ obeying every command of Christ as revealed in the New Testament.  When trials and adversities of life come, he will remain firm on obeying Christ  because he has a genuine saving faith with proper foundation.

The other kind of faith mentioned which is not built on proper foundation is a phony faith produced by easy-believism.  The person with this kind of faith has not experience genuine born-again experience because he has not experienced deep conviction of his sinfulness which is marked by brokenness. The person with this faith has not undergone genuine repentance from his sins. He just came to Christ for comfort to his loneliness, healing for his sickness, or blessings for his poverty. He never came to Christ terms as stated in the Beatitudes. He came to Christ in his own terms. He did not come to Christ because he has seen his depravity and carnality. He never experienced being pierced and broken  by the Word of God. He never saw himself as a hell-bound sinner without hope apart from Christ. He just came to Christ to make himself feel good. He had never been to calvary, never experienced death to his self, to sin and to the world.  He never take Jesus words  and instructions seriously. When trials and adversities of life came to him, he easily turn away from the faith.

Easy-believism is so prevalent in our time, that is why many churches are marked by lukewarmness, with no all-out commitment to Christ. Many evangelistic methods are shallow which will not bring true conviction of sin to the sinners. Many churches now are adapting seeker-sensitive approach in preaching and forsaking expository preaching of the Word of God. Seeker-sensitive approach to preaching is attractive to wordly and self-centered people  which has no real hunger for God’s Word.  Though they are comfortable to hear but will not bring sinner  to deep conviction of their sinfulness and depravity. Expository preaching of the Word must be brought back to our pulpits for only the Word of God has power to pierce the darkness of men’s hearts.

We must review our evangelism methods and materials. Will they bring conviction of sin ?  A sinner must experience deep conviction of sin  and must see himself as hell-bound apart from the cross of Christ  though it may be uncomfortable with him. Only then our evangelism will be successful..

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Unchained Grace 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

The easy believers generally don't last too long as God tests you real quick and right then and there you see for yourself you take a spiritual nosedive when dumped into a test or a trial. That's when real faith shows and the superficial praise and 'wannabe' faith is easily and quickly exposed. This is for our own good because it is at this point we find ourselves at a crossroads. Do we really take that little bitty seed and roll with it or do we just slink on back into the world and down into the pit right where satan wants us. That's the choice one shall have to make when that two-edged sword cuts us to expose the strangeness which becomes manifested.

The same sword which cuts also heals.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Its sad to say that is is the modern gospel being preached for the most part. The world is being preached a message about a God who can improve their lives and are unaware of biggest thing standing between them and the only God who can improve their lives and that is sin.

The modern church has become so corporate and focused on church growth and numbers that it is always trying to drum up new,catchy entertaining ways to draw people in.

The sad part is I think people are hungering and thirsting for the truth painful or not.

Conviction is never fun nor pleasant but it is so necessary and liberating.

I think the ship might be turning however as the church realizes the futility of these methods.

excellent truth filled hub.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi UnchainedGrace thanks for dropping by and commenting. Your visit and additional inputs are much appreciated. Truly true faith comes from hearing the Word of God. The Word of God that pierces the darkness of men's hearts the same brings healing and liberation. We must experience to be cut by the Word of God to experience our healing and freedom. These are the proper foundations of faith preaching of the Word of God and powerful conviction of sin. Remain blessed always and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Tamarajo it is great to read your comment for this hub. I am greatly encouraged as I read your comment. Thank you for visiting and appreciating this hub. Your truth-driven comments are also much appreciated. You are very right in your observation about the modern trends happening in the modern church.People are being more entertained by the preaching rather than being powerfully convicted of their sinfulness. That's why half-hearted and wordly church goers are filling our churches. Truly the endtimes is marked by lukewarmness because of these kinds of wordly preaching styles. Truly the dominant church in the endtimes is Laodicea Church or the lukewarm church. Blessings to you and regards.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ate Cristina you need to remember the mustard seed. Merry Christmas!God Bless!

KUYA Dave.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Dave thanks for dropping by. Blessings and regards.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

When I read that there are others with this same burden in a variety of places it seems that a breath of fresh truth may yet sweep our churches. May the Lord bless you for the truth you write.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi RTalloni It is great to hear from you. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Blessings to you and regards.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Cristina, Enlightening, Instructive & Insightful! You show a great contrast between Faith & believesm there is a vast difference!

The Bible is our “Life Manual” It clearly tells us what it means to Believe and the importance of obeying the Word of God! The world tell us it is okay to pick and choose what you believe and many get confused between the two…

As you say: ” The other kind of faith mentioned which is not built on proper foundation is a phony faith produced by easy-believism. The person with this kind of faith has not experience genuine born-again experience because he has not experienced deep conviction of his sinfulness which is marked by brokenness. The person with this faith has not undergone genuine repentance from his sins. He just came to Christ for comfort to his loneliness, healing for his sickness, or blessings for his poverty. He never came to Christ terms as stated in the Beatitudes.” Amen!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Peace & Blessings!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi DeBorrah K. Ogans thanks for taking time to read this hub. As usual your comment is a great exhortation to me. Thank you for appreciating this hub. Your comments are much appreciated. Blessings and regards.

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