Fishers 196

 

A Line From Us

Easy believism is the belief that one merely has to intellectually agree with the truths of the gospel and appeal to Christ for salvation to go to Heaven; repentance from sin and willingness to submit to the lordship of Christ are utterly unnecessary. In an extreme case, some proponents even believe that the one pleading with Christ for salvation may even willfully refuse to obey the commands of Christ - and yet he will still be saved. Is this true? Is this what the Bible teaches?

The root of this error stems from a misunderstanding of the nature and consequences of sin. What Leviticus Teaches about Sin explains what even Old Testament Jews clearly understood about the deadly results of sin, and how totally unrepentant sinners are cut off from God. Two personal testimonies in this issue, one from a Christian, another from a pastor, powerfully illustrate how an acknowledgement of personal sin and a heart-repentance from the same are crucial elements of the conversion process.

 

Supposing Him to Have Been in the Company sounds an important warning. As Paul writes, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognise this about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you - unless indeed you fail the test?” Do not blindly assume that Christ is in your life, in your church, and in your ministries. The blessedness of Christ’s presence is unmistakable – growth in Christ is an inevitable reality, even if that growth requires strenuous effort (see The Mature Faith).

Ultimately, the Christian is one who esteems Christ precious (1 Pet 2:7-8), and because of that, is willing to overturn the values and worldliness of this life to obtain Christ. The prayer in The Valley of Vision reflects this, as does the heartwarming story Why Doesn’t God Call Someone Else?


- The Editor

 

In This FISHERS 196 Issue

 
Dialogue
Letters from Readers -
 
 
The Matured Faith
Christian Living -
 
 

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