Easy believism has taken over Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism. What you are about to read is one of hell’s best-kept secrets. In a nutshell it is this:
The enemy in these last days of apostasy before Jesus comes back has duped Christian pastors, evangelists, and “soul winners” into proclaiming only part of the true Gospel message. They have left out of their message the need to repent to be saved.
Some of the reasons why Christians have fallen for this trick of the devil are:
First, and most important, is because most Christians are virtually devoid of the power of the Holy Spirit. Most Christians have never been filled with the Holy Spirit. They have never been endued with power from On High. (The reasons for this are many, but primarily because they are too carnal and comfortable, with one eye on the world and one eye on God. They have divided hearts. They are not single-minded.) And, of course, many who profess to be Christians never have been born again.
Second, because of the lack of power, many Christians do not have the backbone to confront sinners with a message that includes the fact that the sinner must repent to be saved.
Most sinners don’t want to hear a preacher say they must repent of their sins, they must turn from everything that they know is sinful. Even many Christians get angry with a preacher that says they need to repent of various sins including watching the filth on television, worldliness, lukewarmness, covetousness, gluttony and many other sins in the lives of most Christians today.
Third, most evangelists or “soul winners” want to minimize rejection, so they try to make it as easy on the sinner as they can, thereby leaving out the need for repentance to be saved.
Many evangelists are more concerned about numbers than they are about true converts. They think if they can at least get them to make a profession and get them to come to church, then maybe they will get saved later. This is what Satan wants you to do as you sow tares with the wheat and help build the end-time apostate Church.
The devil knows that those who make professions but are not truly converted are not likely to hear a complete Gospel message in the meetings of the saints, which is to say, they are not likely to hear of their need to repent to be saved.
Telling someone he is a sinner is nothing new to him. He already knows he is a sinner and likely will admit it. Simply telling him that he can be forgiven of his sins if he will believe and trust Christ to do it will not save him. He must repent or he will perish in his sins. Jesus will not save him in his known sins, He will save him from His sins. But one thing the sinner must do in addition to acknowledging his sinful condition and that Jesus wants to forgive him and save him is repent!
The word “repent” or “repentance” in some form is used more than a hundred times in the Bible. Telling people that they are sinners and that they can have their sins forgiven is only part of the scriptural evangelistic message.
There is no salvation in an unsaved person admitting that he is a sinner. Telling a sinner that he can have his sins forgiven by trusting Christ without telling him of the need for true repentance is not the true Gospel message. Many sinners who are the victims of the easy-believism half-truth message of Evangelicals and Fundamentalists today are made twofold more a child of hell by this lie.
Telling a sinner that he is saved by praying that he wants his sins forgiven and will trust Jesus to get him to heaven (the Roman Catholics have done that) without telling him of the absolute necessity of repenting of his sins, lets him think he has been saved when there has been no true conversion. Therefore, later, he thinks he doesn’t need to be saved.
Jesus said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Mt. 7:22-23).
Part of the commission to the Apostles was that “repentance and remission of sins should be preached” (Lk. 24:47). The first message that Jesus preached after He was baptized and spent forty days in the wilderness was “repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mk. 1:15).
When Jesus first sent out the Twelve, “they went out, and preached that men should repent” (Mk. 6:12). Jesus said, “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas” (Mt. 12:41).
Jesus told the crowd in Luke 13:3-5, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish….except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
In Peter’s sermon recorded in Acts 3:19 he said, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.”
Paul said in Athens, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30).
Paul told the Ephesian elders that he “kept back nothing that was profitable” to them, “testifying both to the Jew, and also to the Greeks repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:20-21).
When Paul spoke before Agrippa he said, “Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: but showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they shouldrepent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance” (Acts 26:19-20).
Paul told the Corinthians, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation” (2 Cor. 7:10). And Peter wrote that the Lord is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).
True repentance involves turning from everything that you know is sinful. Jesus does not save anyone who refuses to turn away from any known sin in his or her life.
Of the many “Gospel” tracts that I have read, the vast majority contain the easy-believism half-truth being spread today by Evangelicals and Fundamentalists. And all these tracts were published by so-called conservative Fundamentalists. In them there is not one mention of the need for repentance. There is not a single mention of the word “repent” or “repentance” in spite of the fact that the New Testament is replete with the message of the necessity of repentance for salvation.
Beloved Christian, check the Gospel tracts that you use. Check the tracts in the so-called Christian bookstores. Do they include a message of repentance? If not, I admonish you in the love of Christ, please don’t spread this subtle trick of the devil. This is not to say that God can’t or doesn’t save anybody with these tracts. Jesus can, and does, save in spite of what we ignorantly do. But our Lord wants us to proclaim a scriptural, complete Gospel message.
The message from God today to the Evangelicals and Fundamentalists and others who are guilty of spreading this watered-down gospel is REPENT! Preach and proclaim a scriptural evangelistic message that includes repentance!