What’s Your View Concerning Easy-Believism

March 23rd, 2011 | Tags:

There’s a term going around — called “Easy-Believism.” Have you heard of it? If not, just take a look at the results that you get from google-ing that term. It’s a term that’s mostly used in a neg­a­tive way to fight a pop­u­lar trend here in the US. Easy-believism deals with the age old ques­tion: “What must I do to be saved?” It seems that over time, many have boiled the answer down to accept­ing a set of beliefs. Is this all there is to it? — Just accept­ing a set of truths taught from the Bible?

Con­sider this short arti­cle a wel­come to share your views in the com­ment thread below.

Assump­tions:

  • The Bible is true.
  • Mankind has a seri­ous separation-from-God prob­lem. That prob­lem started in the Gar­den of Eden with the rebel­lion of man in dis­obey­ing God. As a result, our nature has become one that goes against God as evi­dent by our con­tin­ued nat­ural behav­ior today.

(1). An Impor­tant Issue to Consider:

Are we made right in the sight of God from accept­ing some a set of spir­i­tual truths? Are we adopted into the fam­ily of God based on men­tally under­stand­ing and agree­ing with a cru­cial set of beliefs? If some­one has a cor­rect under­stand­ing of Bib­li­cal teach­ings, is this all that is required in order to enter into the pres­ence of God after death?

–or–

Can some­one, who even believe cor­rect doc­trine, not meet the require­ments of God nec­es­sary to enter heaven?

(2) Sup­port­ing your opinion.

If accept­ing cor­rect beliefs alone is all that is required, what scrip­tures can you find that sup­port this view?

If accept­ing cor­rect beliefs alone are not all that is required, what scrip­turs can you find that sup­port this view?

  1. Ray Del­gado
    December 14th, 2011 at 13:02
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    From front cover to back there is not one SUGGESTION made by God. Over and over again you will find the word COMMAND in the Bible. COMMAND : 1. To direct with author­ity ; give orders to. 2. To have con­trol or author­ity over ; rule 5. To dom­i­nate by posi­tion. ( I skipped a cou­ple def­i­n­i­tions, they get pretty redun­dant )You get the point.

    0 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All author­ity in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. There­fore go and make dis­ci­ples of all nations, bap­tiz­ing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and TEACHING them to OBEY every­thing I have COMMANDED you. We see in this pas­sage that the Lord didn’t stop after He said “TEACHING” which is how we gain the “knowl­edge” but by say­ing OBEY He was in fact is say­ing : 1. To carry out or ful­fill the com­mand, order, or instruc­tion. 2. To carry out or com­ply with. 3. To BEHAVE obe­di­ently. Jesus didn’t say “respect” what I say. He didn’t say “gain a healthy knowl­edge of me” He in fact said DO WHATSAY.

    The word knowl­edge or “to know” in the Bible goes fur­ther than just hav­ing head knowl­edge. Here’s some­thing I posted before that explains “to know Jesus” … it will save the trou­ble of hav­ing to write it all out again. If you REALLY love God you will read this from start to fin­ish! Although most won’t fin­ish read­ing this and it doesn’t deter­mine your love for God or not, I will post it any­way. I am aston­ished just how many ” If you love God ” posts I see. I have to tell you not only is this ridicu­lous and child­ish, but it is also unbib­li­cal. Show me in the Bible where it says: “If you love God you have to send this to ten peo­ple.” or “If you love God don’t scroll down” … know­ing all the while peo­ple have no choice but to scroll down. Does this mean I don’t love God? This type of stuff clearly comes from unbe­liev­ing peo­ple who have no idea what the Word of God says. Mostly out of igno­rance. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that these peo­ple are just mis­in­formed, maybe not, but we will just assume that.

    First of all, we can not and do not love God on our own. The Bible clearly says the only rea­son we can even love God is because He first loved us. (). Now here’s where I might freak you out. The word “know” when used in the Bible (and you must know the con­text it is being used in) is a word that describes “to have sex­ual rela­tions.” For exam­ple: says, “And Adam KNEW Eve his wife; and she con­ceived” (KJV). A more mod­ern trans­la­tion reads, “Adam lay with his wife Eve and gave birth to Cain” (NIV). To be even more clear here is how THE LIVING BIBLE trans­lates this pas­sage, “Then Adam had sex­ual inter­course with Eve his wife, and she con­ceived and gave birth to a son, Cain.” In the Bible sex out­side of mar­riage is immoral and for­bid­den & amongst many more pas­sages. Sex within mar­riage is sacred in the eye’s of God. Although the cul­ture of today would dis­agree, but in this day and age just about any­thing goes in this God­less soci­ety we call Amer­ica. Sex is far more than just the phys­i­cal act, it is an inti­mate act of mind and emo­tion on behalf of the mar­riage part­ners. There­fore when the word “know” is used in the Bible it is an inti­mate knowl­edge between the par­ties involved. It’s not always referred to in a godly or pos­i­tive man­ner I must add. For exam­ple : In it reads, “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may KNOW them.” These were the ungodly men of the wicked city of Sodom. These were homo­sex­ual men bent on hav­ing sex­ual rela­tions with the ones (the two angels) Lot took into his house.

    So we have clearly seen that the word “know” has to do with close inti­mate rela­tions. Jesus Christ Him­self calls His Church (that is true believ­ers in Him) His bride. As we have estab­lished there can be no true godly inti­mate rela­tion­ship between unmar­ried peo­ple. There can be inti­mate rela­tions between unmar­ried peo­ple, they will just be ungodly and not accord­ing to Gods will. Sex was designed by God as a good thing, but because of sin it has been twisted. So when the Bible says, “to KNOW God” it is say­ing one has an inti­mate rela­tion­ship with Him. To have an inti­mate rela­tion­ship (one accord­ing to Gods design and will) takes time. I mean you can say you love some­one, but until you get to “know” them and truly love them for who they are and not for just who we THINK they are, real love can’t be known. This hap­pens in Hol­ly­wood all the time. Love is not just an emo­tion, love is action. Love is not just a word, it is sacrifice.

    “No one who lives in Him keeps on sin­ning. No one who con­tin­ues to sin has either seen Him (God) or KNOWN Him ( God ).”

    “The man who says, ‘I KNOW HIM’ (God) but does not do what He COMMANDS is a LIAR, and the truth is not in him. But if any one OBEYS His Word, GODS LOVE is truly made com­plete in him. This is how we know we are in Him (God): Who­ever claims to live in Him (God) MUST WALK AS JESUS DID.

    –3 This is how we know that we love the chil­dren of God: by lov­ing God and CARRYING OUT HIS COMMANDS.

    For some­one to just post up any old “If you love God” you will blah, blah, blah this or blah, blah, blah that shows no regard for God’s TRUE LOVE which is revealed to us through His Word (the Bible). It cer­tainly doesn’t show any love from the one post­ing it because of the dis­re­spect that is shown by the total dis­re­gard for any kind of true knowl­edge and accu­rate depic­tion of scrip­ture about the REAL LOVE peo­ple are sup­posed to have for God.

    IF YOU REALLY LOVE GOD YOU WILL GIVE YOUR LIFE COMPLETELY TO HIM AND PROVE IT BY ACTIONS, NOT EMPTY WORDS!!!

    To just accept cor­rect beliefs is not enough clears this up.

  2. April 3rd, 2012 at 13:14
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    Thanks for shar­ing Ray … for­give me for tak­ing so long to see this post. I must have missed the email noti­fi­ca­tion. My site gets very lit­tle traffic.

  3. April 3rd, 2012 at 14:21
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    Ray, I like your com­ments. :-)

    I think this is in agree­ment with your thoughts, and seems to sum­ma­rize them quite nicely:

    If you love me, you will keep my com­mand­ments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you for­ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world can­not receive, because it nei­ther sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

    “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a lit­tle while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Who­ever has my com­mand­ments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and man­i­fest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscar­iot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will man­i­fest your­self to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If any­one loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Who­ever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

    ( ESV)

  4. Ray Del­gado
    April 3rd, 2012 at 23:28
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    Well thanks Richard for your response. Until recently I used my e-mail very spar­ingly myself but, I have kind of been using it a lit­tle more as opposed to face book. There is a lot of non­sense that gets posted on fb, so I kinda have reverted back to good old e-mail to cor­re­spond with oth­ers. Although I will still post bib­li­cal truth on fb when I feel Im being led by the Spirit. Well thanks again Richard, may our Lord Jesus hold and keep you and yours until that glo­ri­ous day!

    A slave of Christ Jesus, Ray D.