The Bible Says It Is Easy To Be Saved
By David J. Stewart | August 2020
2nd Corinthians 11:1-4, “Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
Beware of anyone who says it is not easy to be saved! I am amazed and frustrated when I hear someone telling others that getting saved is “hard.” I'm not just talking about some ignoramus who's in his first year of Bible college, I'm talking about Pastor John MacArthur, who is revered by tens of thousands of clergy and layman worldwide for his preaching and theology. Read for yourself what Dr. MacArthur says to complicate the Gospel:“Don’t believe anyone who says it’s easy to become a Christian. Salvation for sinners cost God His own Son; it cost God’s Son His life, and it’ll cost you the same thing...” [emphasis added] —Dr. John MacArthur, his book “HARD TO BELIEVE,” p. 93
Oh how wrong John MacArthur is friend! The word “simplicity” in our text verse from 2nd Corinthians 11:3 is the Greek word haplotes, which means “singleness.” That means there is only ONE THING you need to do to be saved, and that is to believe the 'GOOD NEWS' (GOSPEL) of the Lord Jesus Christ! Pastor Curtis Hutson gets it right, in this helpful sermon called: “The One Thing That Determines Salvation.” Do you believe my friend?
And then there is Pastor Phil Kidd, who woefully attacked the truth of “Easy Believism” in his horrible recent sermon he titled: 'The Heresy Of Eternal Security.' Kindly said, he's got a hole in his head the size of Kansas! What do you mean it's not easy to be saved? What do you mean there's no such thing as the eternal security of the believer? The Bible says in Ephesians 1:14-15 that every believer is “sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” as God's child, “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Whew, that's eternal security dear reader!!!
Who else is saying that it is not “EASY” to be saved? Well, tragically we hear this junk theology on UNSHACKLED radio aired by the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. In UNSHACKLED program #3589 (broadcast in 2020), a woman named Debbie Brooks meets with a religious friend named Sharon. Here's is some of their dialogue:SHARON: Trusting Jesus is the only thing that can make a difference in my messed-up life.DEBBIE: I keep hearing that in church, but I don't get it—how something that EASY can be a life-changer.SHARON: Oh Debbie, it's not easy—believing in Jesus means repenting and asking forgiveness for all the old ways, and then GIVING THEM UP FOR GOOD. When you find the COURAGE TO DO THAT, He'll help you CHANGE YOUR LIFE.DEBBIE: Huh, well, I'll have to think about it.
Dear reader, what you just read taught by Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago is of the Devil, straight out of the pits of Hell. I hope you see how evil this is. PGM has moved away from the hope of the Gospel. According to the preceding UNSHACKLED program, it is NOT EASY to be saved, because you are required to GIVE UP YOUR OLD SINFUL WAYS PERMANENTLY! That is “another gospel” accursed by God! That is a very difficult, hard and complicated false gospel. Please let me remind you dear reader, that getting saved is the free gift of God, not a trade-off. Receiving eternal life is a free gift, not an exchange where you give up your sins as a trade to get God's gift of eternal life.
Who else says that getting saved is hard? Look no further than Dr. Steve Pettit (president of Bob Jones University since 2014), who heretically says: “You can't just speak about getting saved, and you accepted Christ, and then that's it!” (an exact quote from a sermon Pettit preached at BJU on January 26, 2015 titled: “What Does It Mean To 'Run The Race'?”). Dr. Pettit says “ Heaven itself” is an “ award,” which to win you MUST faithfully run “ the race” to the end and finish. That is another gospel, turning God's free gift of eternal life into a process instead of a new birth. That is the nightmare theology of Pastor John MacArthur and John Calvin (1509-1564). Calvinism is of the Devil.
Tragically, somewhere along the way, Moody Bible Institute, Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, Bob Jones University, Ray Comfort, Marty Herron, Sam Horn, Steve Pettit, Ken Ham and Pacific Garden Mission became devout followers of Pastor John MacArthur's demonic Lordship Salvation garbage theology! God's curse is upon all of them...Galatians 1:6-9, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
Pacific Garden Mission are PREACHING ANOTHER GOSPEL!!! Harvest Baptist Church on Guam are troubling the island with their perverse gospel, which the Bible says is NOT ANOTHER GOSPEL! It is of the Devil. It is a fraud. It is a Satanic deception and will lead people into the fires of Hell beneath for all eternity!!!
We are taught in 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4 that the Gospel is simple. Having to forsake the old sinful ways of sinful living is anything but simple. PGM has it backwards. God's plan of salvation is simply for you come to God as a needy sinner, and receive His Son's sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins, believing that He is risen. That's it! PGM demands that you turn from your sins first, which is not what the Bible teaches. PGM's false gospel is that you must make a commitment to follow the Lord. Judas followed Jesus and went to Hell. Matthew 27:3b says Judas “repented” of his sins, but he wasn't saved at all. Millions of religious people falsely think they will be in Heaven someday, but they will be in Hell. Luke 13:23-24, “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”
I've already mentioned about a dozen names and organizations so far who pervert the Gospel of free grace, making it hard and difficult to be saved. Who else teaches that it is “HARD” to be saved? Oh no, say it isn't so like 'Hall and Oates,' please tell me I'm wrong! It's sadly true, even the English Standard Version (ESV) that Bob Jones University shamefully uses, sells and promotes says it is “HARD” to be saved:ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION (ESV) - Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” [emphasis added]
Even the New King James Version (NKJV) says it is “difficult” to be saved. In fact, nearly all of the modern Alexandrian based Bible perversions corrupt this Scripture passage, to say it is hard to be saved. I wish I could say it isn't so, but it sadly is so!!! Sorry Daryl Hall and John Oates, IT IS SO! The country is theologically going to Hell in a wheelbarrow! I often wonder if anybody really cares about THE TRUTH anymore!
You know, there is something important to see. The Devil came to Eve in the form of a serpent, to deceive her. The Bible says in Genesis 3:1 that the first thing Satan did was question the Word of God, taking it out of context. 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” The Bible says that Satan, “BY ANY MEANS,” will corrupt your mind if he can, from Easy Believism! It didn't say that, God did! The Bible warns against anybody who comes alone making salvation HARD or DIFFICULT! Dr. Jack Hyles gets it 100% correct:
“I want to make one thing clear at the start: You cannot do anything to get saved except come to the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, how Satan has tried to complicate it! Satan has tried to make more to salvation than that. People have tried to add their own work to salvation.” —Pastor Jack Hyles, “The Simplicity Of Salvation”
It is very simple to be saved! You are a guilty sinner (Romans 3:19). There is a penalty for your sins, which is death (Romans 6:23). That includes dying a second death in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8). But God loves you so much that He would rather die than live without out. So God became flesh, in the man Christ Jesus (John 1:1-3, 14; 1st Timothy 3:16). Jesus went to the cross and suffered your Hell, paying a debt that He did not owe, because you and I owed a massive debt if sin we could not pay. JESUS PAID IT ALL!!! Anyone who comes to God as a needy sinner, receiving Christ's sacrifice on the cross as payment for their sins, believing that He raised up from the dead the third day, is saved instantly, securely and forever! Once saved, always saved! You now have eternal life, which is the believer's eternal security!
And I am now going to say something that will harelip every dog in the county—you CAN go live any way you want and still go to Heaven! Someone tell Pastor Phil Kidd to go read the Bible!!! I didn't say you have God's permission and blessing to live in sin. What saith the Scripture? Romans 3:28-31, “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”
Here is the truth of the matter. A believer is no longer under the curse of God's LAW. He that believeth is justified freely justified “FROM ALL THINGS.” Acts 13:39, “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” So if you dare, you can go live any way you want, but God will scourge and chastise you as His child (Hebrews 12:6-8). These preachers (like Dr. Phil Kidd), who get so upset at professed Christians still living in gross immorality (and all immorality is gross sin), that they corrupt the plan of salvation to say that there is no such thing as Eternal Security, are preaching another gospel.
Although the term “eternal security” is not found in the Bible (just like the words Bible, Trinity and Rapture aren't), we know that every believer is 100% safe in God's salvation because it is just that, GOD'S SALVATION!!! You have nothing to do with GRACE my friend. You deserve to go directly to Hell and burn forever for your sins, and so do I. God in His wondrous love and mercy and grace, sent His only begotten Son Jesus into the world, to be rejected, spit upon, beaten, stripped naked and crucified as a common criminal. He did that for you and me! Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6-9). If you believe that truth, and you have placed your trust in the blessed Savior, receiving God's gift of forgiveness of sins by faith, then you have it dear friend! LOOK TO JESUS!!!
Jesus said that getting saved is as EASY as drinking some water...John 4:13-14, “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Jesus said that getting saved is as EASY as eating and drinking...John 6:54, “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Jesus said that getting saved is as EASY as walking through a door...John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Jesus said that getting saved is as EASY as simply believing in Him...John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”
The way that you drink the water Christ offers, walk through the door of Christ, and eat His flesh and blood to have eternal life, is to simply BELIEVE on His name, because Jesus is the RESURRECTION and the LIFE! 1st John 5:20, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” Jesus is God and Eternal Life! So if you believe on Him, you have eternal life, which is the same as eternal security and assurance of salvation, no matter what!
No believer can ever come under the curse of the LAW again, we have been freed, liberated in Jesus Christ. But we ought not use our liberty as an occasion to sin the Bible says. Galatians 5:1 and 13, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ...For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Humbly, I am giving you sound Bible doctrine. This is the truth that so many preachers fail to see today. We must keep salvation and serving separate, or it will cause all kinds of confusion. Salvation and discipleship are two entirely separate decisions and matters. I won't mention all their horrible names again, but I earlier mentioned about a dozen heretics (people and groups), who teach that salvation is hard and difficult. Now you know from the Bible that getting saved is very simple, free and easy; so easy in fact that even a little child can be saved, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven!“If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the man Christ without and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, you are not able to divide the Word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the Word of God, and cast stumbling blocks before the people.” —Evangelist John Bunyan
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Truth + Half Truth = a Lie
Romans 16:17-18, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
1st Kings 18:17, “And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah,
that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”
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