REALLY BORN AGAIN?
I was an
associate minister in a Church in South Carolina.
One day to
everyone's astonishment the Pastor's adult daughter rose to answer
the altar call.
We were all
astonished because everyone, including her Pastor Pop, believed she
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
This is very
clear, if you are not born again, you can not see the kingdom
witness to others. The people hearing the word start to feel
convicted of sin. They might even shed some tears. They are asked,
�Would you like to ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. They
answer yes but they have no idea what they are doing. They are
convicted but not convinced.
The Bible tells
us: Luk 13:3
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins
may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the
presence of the Lord;
are many, many references to repenting and yet, many times we don't
even preach it.
you do not repent you are not born again. Your decision to deny evil
and choose the good is what establishes your heart. It is not just
babbling some words that have been placed in your head by an over
zealous person trying to �Save� you.
I was on deputation there was a Church in California. They were
followers of what they called the �Jack Hyles style�. They asked
me if I brought at least 1000 people to the Lord in the past year and
did I baptize them. That was their conditions for taking on
missionaries. I am sure they saved a lot of money that way.
don't �Save� anyone. It is the Holy Spirit that saves. Yes,
during the past two years this ministry is probably responsible for
close to 1000 �professions of faith�. But that was all they are,
professions. This figure tells me that I am doing what the Lord said
and that is to go everywhere telling the people the gospel of Jesus
Christ. I have done that. It is the Holy Spirit's job to save them.
witnessing, I have asked some if they were going to Heaven when they
die and they assuredly respond YES! When I ask them why they believe
that they say because we go to a �Born again Church�.
Oh, they know
all the buzz words. They can say �Praise the Lord�, and �Amen�,
and �Glory to God� and sound like any other Christian but they
have no idea about truly being born again.
The greek word
for repent is Metanoeo. It means to change one's mind and to think
differently. It means to become a Christian you need to change
course. I believe sometimes Pastor and Missionary kids have the
hardest time being converted. They grow up being good. They obey
their parents (I know not all, but many do)
The reality of
their being dirty with sin never sinks in so repentance is a hard
concept. Yet with God's grace it is made easier.
For all of you
out there who have done this for years and it may have become
routine, please make sure as John the Baptist did:
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his
baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned
you to flee from the wrath to come?
3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet
3:9 And think not to say within
yourselves, We have Abraham to our
father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise
up children unto Abraham.
again Churches, fathers who are Godly, ...will not save anyone and
they should know that. Repent, turn around away from your sin and
face Jesus. Think different. Follow Him and truly be born again.
Therefore if any man be
in Christ, he is
a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are
someone is truly born again, they will be led to seek God more, to go
to Church to be a better person.
go back to preaching the whole Gospel to a lost world.