We have made “salvation” too easy.
We want people to admit they are sinners. (That’s not hard.) Then we want them to “repent”, which means they say some words that include words about repentance. Then we want them to pray a prayer accepting Jesus as their personal Savior.
And they are in.
But are they really? Do they go on and serve God after that? Do they show signs of following Jesus? Do they show any real commitment to God?
At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”
Heard but didn’t act.
Jesus also said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’ "
We’d better amend our cheap grace, our easy believism. I know too many people who think they are “going to heaven” because they said some words, but most of them have nothing to show for it. We had better make some discipleship demands of people. We need to make it harder, not easier.