“Ye must be born again.” John 3:7
“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:13
The new birth does not come through human descent (“not of blood”), nor does it come through human desire (“the will of the flesh”), nor does it come through human determination (“nor of the will of man”). The issue is, have you put your faith in Christ? Have you been born of God: have you been born from above? Apart from this you will never enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Believe on Christ now, tomorrow may be too late. -W. Ross Rainey
Children of men, attend to the word, so solemnly uttered by Jesus the Lord; And let not this message to you be in vain, “Ye must be born again.” -William T. Sleeper
Let us contrast the beautiful aforementioned summary of true salvation with that of Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in California. The following quotation is taken from page 220 of the Purpose Driven Church: “Anybody can be won to Christ if you discover the key to his or her heart.”
Sorry Rick, as it states prior to your man centered apostate statement, salvation does NOT come through human desire or determination. It comes from ABOVE, and you and I are not big enough to find keys to anyone’s heart. Do not be deceived- Salvation has everything to do with becoming born from above. It has NOTHING to do with finding keys to people’s hearts.
Are you a Berean or a Laodicean? Do you believe the Bible or Rick Warren? Rick Warren is a litmus test and a referendum of Biblical illiteracy. Unfortunately he is plum out of line with how one becomes saved – the most important issue that anyone will ever face this side of eternity. In the following video, John MacArthur succinctly and thoroughly exegetes the scriptures, comparing the impotence of Rick Warren’s “Gospel,” with the true and Biblical Gospel that saves. Warren totally ignores the doctrine of repentance, without which one cannot be saved. [Luke 13:3,5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”] In a mere three minutes, the following video beautifully summarizes what true salvation is, and what it is not: