Why Is It So Easy For You to Think the Easy Things you Believe are Hard Things?, by David Bishop
Someone once quipped to me that the gospel I believe is “just easy-believism.” To which I responded, smart ass that I am, if the gospel was so easy to believe, then why don’t more people believe it?
The ironic thing about this easy-believism label is that there’s nothing about the true gospel easy to believe. It’s not easy to believe all men are born totally depraved. Sure, it’s easy to believe everyone else is born totally depraved, but it’s not easy to believe I’m included in that everyone.
It’s not easy to believe God’s election is unconditional, based entirely on God’s sovereign choice made from before the foundation of the world. It’s easier to believe I have some part to play in it, that I (and my children) can somehow earn His choice.
It’s not easy to believe Jesus died only for His elect. It’s easier to believe He died for everyone, because born depraved, imputed with Adam’s sin, I actually believed I was worth God’s death.
It’s not easy to believe those He chose He also graciously and irresistibly calls. It’s much easier to believe I can resist Him by the hair of my mighty free-willy, will will.
And it’s certainly not easy to believe the salvation Christ purchased for His elect is finally and forever accomplished and secure. It’s much easier to believe I can tear myself out of His hand with some serious sin.
The ironic thing is that the supposed easy-believism gospel is so difficult to believe, that unless I had been imputed with God’s righteousness and regenerated, I would never have believed it. The gospel is, in fact, impossible to believe until one has been justified. No one else can, no one else will. Even on the day of judgment, the unjustified will not believe the gospel.
Jesus said as much. He said there will be many who will say to Him on that day, but Lord, Lord, did we not do this, and did we not do that? Even on the day of judgment, face-to-face with their imminent destruction, they will still disobey the gospel. They will not believe it. They will instead continue to try to justify themselves.
Self-righteousness is easy to believe. There’s nothing about the true gospel easy to believe. Those who insist on calling the true gospel easy-believism only prove the point. There’s nothing about the Jesus got it done gospel easy to believe, and God has designed it this way, for He alone gets all the glory for the existence of our faith in the gospel.