2 Corinthians 11:3 “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 Christian walk is not that difficult. It is usually those who make the Christian life difficult who are the ones who pollute the Christian life with false doctrine. For instance, God didn't just write His Word so that the “experts” could understand it, but He wrote His Word so that everyone can understand it. God wants the educated and the uneducated to be able to understand how to serve Him. God wants the adult and the child to be able to know how to live from His Word. I have often said that Christianity is really commonsense living.
Paul pointed the importance of the simplicity of Christ out to the Corinthian church. He said that he was afraid these people would be “corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” Was he saying that simplicity is what corrupts people? No! He is saying that there are those who corrupt the simplicity of Christ by making it complex so that many will never understand how to live for Christ. One of the greatest problems we face in Christianity is how people take the simplicity that is in Christ and make it difficult. Let me share three areas where people take the simplicity and corrupt it by making it more difficult.
Salvation is one of the first doctrines that many make too difficult. Satan enjoys making salvation more difficult than what it is because more people will go to Hell because of the complexity that man adds to salvation. Salvation is not real difficult. Salvation is as simple as trusting Christ. Christ gives several definitions of the simplicity of salvation. He says that salvation is as simple as opening a door, drinking a glass of water, calling someone, or coming to someone. These are just a few illustrations that Christ gives about the simplicity of salvation. Always understand that the more difficult you make salvation to be by taking away its simplicity, the more people who won't get saved. Christ made salvation simple because He wants everyone to get saved; whereas, Satan tries to make it difficult so that more people will go to Hell.
Soul winning is another area that many make too difficult. There are many believers who throw cliches at those who are soul winners because of their laziness and unwillingness to be a soul winner. They like to say that an aggressive soul winner is “after numbers,” or they are a “1-2-3 pray after me” person, or “they are picking green fruit.” All of these are foolish and the signs of lazy believers who won’t go soul winning. When you look in the Scriptures, Christ’s soul winning examples are very simple and concise. For instance, on the cross, Jesus only spoke nine words to the thief and he got saved. If that isn’t easy, I don't know what is. Don't let the lazy, uncaring believer corrupt soul winning by making it too difficult.
Discipleship is another area that many make too difficult. Jesus’ discipleship program was, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) Jesus knew that if people followed Him that they would become disciples. You don't become a disciple by sitting but by doing what God commands you to do in the Scriptures. We would make more disciples if we got our new converts busy serving the LORD immediately. My friend, be careful not to make things more difficult than what the Scriptures teach. Christ has made the Christian walk very simple; don’t overcomplicate it.