Born Again 1

Have you ever wondered what the phrase “born again” means?  The Bible records that Jesus used the phrase in a conversation with a man named Nicodemus.  Nicodemus approached Jesus at night.  He was curious about Jesus and the kingdom of God.

Jesus told him: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).  Nicodemus responded, “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3:4).

Nicodemus was a highly moral man who obeyed God’s law.  He was a respected leader of the Jewish community.  No doubt he was a fine man.  Yet something was lacking.  Like Nicodemus, many people today confuse religion with new birth in Christ.  Phrases like “I pray regularly” or  “I believe there is a God” often are confused with a real new-birth experience.

New birth begins with the Holy Spirit convicting a person that a person is a sinner.  Because of sin, we are spiritually dead.  For this reason, spiritual birth, as Jesus described it, is necessary.  God loves us and gives us spiritual birth when we ask Him for it.

The Bible says all persons are sinners (see Romans 3:23).  Jesus died on a cross and was raised from the dead to save sinners.  To be born again means that a person admits to God that he or she is a sinner, repents of sin, believes in or trusts Christ, and confesses faith in Christ as Savior and Lord.  Jesus told Nicodemus that everyone who believes in (places faith in) Christ would not perish (see John 3:16).  Jesus is the only One who can save us (see John 14:6).

To believe in Jesus is to be born again.  Confess your sins and ask Jesus right now to save you.  “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”  (Acts 2:21).  After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person, and following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith  (see Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:6).

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The Day The Lord Allowed A True Prophet Of God To Use The Pulpit Of “Name It Claim It, Blab It Grab It” Seeker Friendly Joel Osteen

Scheduling Error Causes Paul Washer To Preach At Lakewood Church; Thousands Dead

  

 Below are further articles from the Christian satire publication: The Babylon Bee: 

Title: Rick Warren Leading Evangelicals Into The Prophesied Global Ecumenical Religion!

Satan is to be feared as a serpent, more feared as a devouring lion, but most feared as an angel of light.  Satan is the great deceiver, hence his false teachings will mimic and resemble the truth, yet not measure up.  Rick Warren homogenizes other religions with Christianity, drastically lowers the bar for salvation, and totally omits key doctrine such as repentance (without which one can be saved), Bible prophecy, hell, judgment, God’s wrath, conviction over sin, the abomination of sodomy, etc., etc., etc.  Any discerning Christian who knows the Bible and is truly saved, instantly recognizes the counterfeit message, easy believism, and watered down, feel good “gospel.”  The masses follow him like the Pied Piper.  Have you ever really wondered why Barack Hussein Obama selected Rick Warren for his first inaugural message and prayer?  Warren was the perfect fit for Obama’s purposes.   …and look what Obama turned out to be! 

Key the following link:

http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n2311.cfm

Matthew West ~ Grace Wins

GRACE-

God’s

Riches

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Christ’s

Expense

 

“Grace Wins Every Time” (over guilt) according to the lyrics.  Matthew uses Biblical illustrations:  The Prodigal Son, The Woman At The Well, the Blind Man And The Beggar, and The Thief On The Cross.  He then refers to today’s examples:  The lost out on the street, the worst part of you and me, and a world that is lost.  The prerequisites for us to benefit from God’s grace are 1)Faith (Without faith it is impossible to please God) and 2)Repentance (Without which we cannot be saved: Luke 13:3,5).  The lyrics of today’s contemporary music often do not emphasize repentance but praise the Lord the Bible does!  Blessings, Pastor Steve

 

The Media And Press Are Full Of Lies, And Here Is Yet Another:

Proud supporters of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

This above sentence was simply a copy and paste, located where I obtained information from the search engine Google today.  It states that Google is a proud supporter of this day.  Where did this day come from?  Sounds like a United Nations decision, coming from a subcommittee chaired by Barack Hussein Obama.   We now have an “International Day” against the “fear” of homosexuals and transgenders.  I mean the word phobia is a synonym for the word fear, correct?  Earth to our international liberal press:  Christians who are born from above do NOT fear people living perverted lifestyles and claiming they were “born that way.”  We believe this lifestyle is what the Bible calls “sin.”  Yes, I know this is an antiquated word, but the Bible is full of verses in both the Old and New Testaments that not only call these lifestyles sinful, but they are also referred to as abominations in the sight of the Lord.  One must either repent of sin or suffer the eternal consequences just like the rest of us.  (Luke 13:3,5)

President Obama is busy, busy, busy endorsing sinful lifestyles as well.  He desires transgender bathrooms in the public school system across our nation.  He has bathed the White House in rainbow colors, endorsing the recent decisions for “Gay” Marriage from our apostate supreme court.  He just highlighted LGBT folks, rather than traditional mothers, on Mother’s Day, and has already declared June to be a month to recognize “Gay” marriages.  This, of course, was done in order to enhance the understanding of those narrow minded people who equate June with merely traditional marriages.

Whenever I see the president on the news (like many of you I turn him off but I cannot help but observe him striding across the lawn towards Air Force 1) he appears to be full of hubris, and enjoys trampling on Biblical morals.  Yet I see him on judgment day in my mind’s eye.  He shows no remorse for his actions.  He loves what he is doing to our Christian values.  I see an eternity filled with the “weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, where the worm never dies and the fire is never quenched.”  He has no fear of God whatsoever, and seemingly enjoys dragging entire nations down with him.  The same can be said for Satan.  He thinks he will have some kind of great legacy.  Whenever I observe him, all I see is worm food.  We will all reap what we sow.  [Whereas President Obama seems to believe he is “hot stuff,” on the other hand, I believe given the direction he is heading, without repentance, some day he indeed will be “hot stuff.”]

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Note:  All prominent internet providers are extremely liberal- Yahoo, Google, Facebook, etc., etc.  If you have spent any time at these sites, I am sure you have already realized this.  A great majority of Americans do not believe the press.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon And Others ~ Repentance

“For the believer, the true gateway to happiness, joy and peace is through repentance.  Repentance is when fallen man is given the ability to see himself as God sees him, and then he believes and acts upon it.”   Pastor Steve

I do not know when I am more perfectly happy than when I am weeping for sin at the foot of the cross.
Charles H. Spurgeon

A struggle with sin is in itself a sign of life. It is those who do not struggle with sin that have reason to worry.   Jim Ellis, Independent Bible Church, Dallas, Texas

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Enjoy The Following International Dialogue About What Repentance Is, And What It Is Not.  A Lot Of People Are Confused About This Very Important Doctrine.  A Correct Understanding Of Repentance Will Be A Wellspring Of Joy To Your Soul.  The Following Revelation Will Make Repentance Plainer:

 

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    The Nature of Repentance

    For the past few months, the Holy Spirit has been convicting me of a lot in my life. While I’ve heard a lot of sermons concerning repentance from the preachers of this day (Piper, Washer, MacArthur…), I still have yet to fully grasp the nature of genuine repentance (assuming it’s possible to fully grasp it).

    Suppose that there is a sin (among many other sins!) that has been plaguing me for a while. By the grace of God and His work of sanctification, I am able to repent of it and have victory over it. This freedom from this sin may last a week, a month, a year or even longer. However, at some point in the near or far future, suppose I fall back into this sin. What are the implications of this?

    Does this mean that my repentance was not genuine? In other words, can you fall back into a sin that you’ve genuinely repented of? Do I really have victory over sin if I fall back into it at a later time? Along similar lines, how can you tell if repentance is genuine? I realize that repentance is much more than a recognition of sin and an apology for that sin but I have many doubts about my own repentance because I’m not 100% sure what it should look like biblically.

    Note: While references to books would great for the future, I am a poor college student and currently unable to purchase any right now.

    Joel Lee
    New Hope Presbyterian Church (Glenside, PA)

    Student of Westminster (Philly Campus)
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    1. Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted’ does not just apply to the bereaved but for those who mourn for their own sin which can still entangle them and trip them up. In fact one of the marks of genuine repentance is lamenting the struggle with ongoing sin.

      Be sure that we all have our struggles with sin until the day we die. None of us are perfect and the Weslyen idea of sinless perfection in this life is erroneous. It is true that as Christians we are saved from the penalty of sin through Christ our penal substitute paying that penalty on the cross. With the help of the Holy Spirit we are freed from the power and grip sin had over us. However it is only in glory will we be free from the presence of sin. Until then it is part of the Christian struggle and the reality of Christian experience. So don’t beat yourself down with all this ‘Victorious Christian Living’ nonesense thatfills some of our Christian bookshops.

      Having said all that, this does not excuse sin nor to treat it lightly nor to brush it under the carpet either. There is the obligation to put to death the misdeeds of the body. But as we grow in sanctification we become increasingly aware of sinful attitudes, habits etc.

      We also need to be aware of taking care. Even older experienced Christians can, and do, still sin. We need to constantly be on the alert, to be watching out and to be depending upon the Lord to lead us.

      If there is a particular sin that troubles you then don’t put yourself in a position to fall into it.

      If you can imagine sin to be a big hole in the street that we keep falling into. Keep away from the hole don’t even look into it nor think we can walk around the edge. For it is guaranteed that we will fall into it. Walk down the other side of the street or better still, walk down another street.

      Stuart Finaghy Baptist, Belfast, UK

      In Him the fulness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form and in Him you are complete (Col 2.9-10)

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      Continual faith and repentance are evidence of God’s grace working in your life.

      Chapter XIII
      Of Sanctification

      I. They, who are once effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart, and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection,[1] by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them:[2] the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,[3] and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified;[4] and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,[5] to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.[6]

      II. This sanctification is throughout, in the whole man;[7] yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some remnants of corruption in every part;[8] whence arises a continual and irreconcilable war, the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.[9]

      III. In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail;[10] yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part does overcome;[11] and so, the saints grow in grace,[12] perfecting holiness in the fear of God.[13]

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      [1] 1CO 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. ACT 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. PHI 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; ROM 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

      [2] JOH 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. EPH 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. 2TH 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

      [3] ROM 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

      [4] GAL 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. ROM 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

      [5] COL 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness. EPH 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

      [6] 2CO 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. HEB 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

      [7] 1TH 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

      [8] 1JO 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. ROM 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. PHI 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

      [9] GAL 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 1PE 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

      [10] ROM 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

      [11] ROM 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 1JO 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. EPH 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

      [12] 2PE 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2CO 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

      [13] 2CO 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

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      Quote Originally Posted by WaywardNowHome View Post
      Does this mean that my repentance was not genuine?

      No, it just means that it is not perfect. This is one of the reasons why we are not justified on account of repentance, because even our repentance is mixed with sinful imperfection. As Augustus Toplady wrote, “Could my zeal no respite know, Could my tears forever flow, All for sin could not atone, Thou must save and Thou alone.” Hence, when we repent of known sin, we must also flee to Christ alone as providing the only sufficient and effective atonement for sin. As the Shorter Catechism teaches, Repentance unto life includes an apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ.

      Yours sincerely,
      Rev. Matthew Winzer
      Australian Free Church,
      Victoria, Australia”Illum oportet crescere me autem minui.”
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      I knew Pastor Winzer could find a good use for an uninspired hymn.

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      I knew Pastor Winzer could find a good use for an uninspired hymn.

      You can’t beat those old hymns for devotional expressions of biblical truth.

      Yours sincerely,
      Rev. Matthew Winzer
      Australian Free Church,
      Victoria, Australia”Illum oportet crescere me autem minui.”
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      Repentance involves many things, which have been dealt with well here. Matthew’s quote of Toplady is wonderful. If I can add more:

      To repent is
      to agree with God that sin is sin.
      to see your sin as sin.
      to grieve over your sin and its implication in your relationship with God.
      to turn away (a literal meaning) from your sin.
      to turn to the only One who can restore your relationship.
      It is characterized by a heart that habitually strives to recognize sin, turn from it and flee to God. This doesn’t mean that the habit isn’t occasionally broken. It means that your walk is characterized by repentance from sin, rather than attempting to cover your own sin. A heart of repentance rejoices when sin is exposed because such illumination provides an opportunity to grow in Christ-likeness.

      For the Glory of our King,
      Joe Johnson
      Slave of Christ, husband, father, grandfather and TMS graduate. Personal website – SoundLife.org

      I do not know, and I do not say, that a person cannot believe in Revelation and in evolution, too, for a man may believe that which is infinitely wise and also that which is only asinine. ~ CHS
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      The responses in this thread have been phenomenally helpful for me. Thanks to everyone who gave their input. God bless you all.
      Joel Lee
      New Hope Presbyterian Church (Glenside, PA)

      Student of Westminster (Philly Campus)

       

Quotable Quotation

Easy Believism And The Feel Good Gospel

 “When unrepentant sinners feel comfortable in a church week after week, month after month, and year after year, it is a clear signal that the entire counsel of God is not being preached, taught or adhered to.  This is an indication that the church has abused grace and made it an excuse to live in sin.  There is a lack of the fear of God in many a church today, and the Lord calls the fear of God the beginning of wisdom.”

Jude 4  “For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”   (ESV)

A pastor friend of mine told his parishioners that after a solid dose of his preaching, enquirers to the faith would either run down the aisle for salvation, or run out the back door because sins’ hold on them was greater than their desire to repent.  This is the intention and desired effect when people are confronted with the Word of God.  Not everyone who hears the whole counsel of God becomes saved!  The same sunshine that melts ice hardens clay.  When the church becomes nonchalant and even welcoming towards the unrepentant, then the Lord will take His candlestick out and leave Himself.   

Pastor Steve

Where Does Rick Warren Stand On So Called “Gay” Marriage?

Well, It All Depends To Whom He Is Speaking With…

It is one thing for a seasoned politician to equivocate.  We expect it.  But for an ordained Southern Baptist minister to trample on theological truths and reverse himself in order to accommodate his respective audiences tells me all I need to know about him.  Hear for yourself:

Strike the red picture code below to see pictures of Saddleback megachurch  pastor Rick Warren and sodomite pop singer Elton John holding hands:

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Rick Warren unites with Elton John in order to “fight” AIDES, yet fails to share the Gospel with this lost soul.  Is there any end to the apostasy of Rick Warren?  How much evidence does one need in order to determine that Rick Warren is an apostate and heretical teacher?  He was mentored by well known universalist Robert Schuller.  Rick Warren recently held hands with admitted homosexual Elton John as they fought against AIDES together, rather than warn him about the eternal consequences for unrepentant Sodomites.  Then incredibly Rick Warren said that:  “If they kissed, it would be the kiss heard around the world.”  Rick Warren allies himself with Muslim clericals and leaders, attempting to harmonize the truth of Christianity with a lie.  The merger false religion is known as Chrislam.  Rick Warren calls the pope “our pope” and reveals his appreciation for the teachings of Catholicism, thus trampling on the blood of the martyrs and the entire Protestant Reformation.  Rick Warren believes he is the leader of, and we are at the threshold of a new “reformation,” and has presented his well known world wide “Peace Plan.”  No wonder he never mentions end times Bible prophecy and the millennium that not he, but Jesus Christ will bring.  (Emerging Church pastors never mention end times prophecy, and eschatological/apocalyptic events that are soon to come.  Wise people should ask why is this?  Think).  Rick Warren’s purpose driven books feature a watered down, convoluted, anemic, partial and apostate “salvation,” and omit any mention of sin, hell, damnation, God’s wrath, judgment and the need for repentance in order to be truly saved.  At President Obama’s first inaugural, Rick Warren prayed to Isa, the Islamic name for Jesus Christ as a mere prophet, and not the only begotten Son of God.  …and now Rick Warren is waffling and vacillating, and revealing an acceptance of sodomy, which God calls an abomination (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Romans 1:26-27).  He has a forked tongue:  When speaking with Christians he says marriage is for one man and one woman.  Then he pulled a one eighty on Larry King so as not to offend homosexuals.  The list and record of Rick Warren’s atrocities could go on and on, but this cross section alone certainly reveals Rick Warren to be a false prophet.  What are my thoughts in reference to his teachings and beliefs?  He may be America’s pastor but he will never be mine.

Amos 3:3  “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”  (KJV)

II Corinthians 6:14  “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  and what communion hath light with darkness?”   (KJV)

One with God is a majority…

Vance Havner Quote Of The Day

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A mortician can make a dead man look better than he ever did when he was alive. So churches like Sardis may appear very much alive when they are dead in the sight of the Lord. There are experts who are very clever at this business of making church corpses appear very healthy so that they have an image for robust vitality in their own sight, among other churches, and up at headquarters – but God knows the difference.

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This is probably more true today than when Vance wrote this.  The emerging church which emphasizes marketing and methodology over sola scriptura is a perfect example.  Many churches give lip service to the Bible, yet there is a lack of submission to the Word, and a watered down approach to salvation, often omitting the foundation of repentance without which on cannot be saved.  Blessings, Pastor Steve

Repentance- Bible Truth That Is Not Popular

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The message of John the Baptist was “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). The Kingdom was coming then in the Person of the Saviour; it was a spiritual Kingdom, the reign of God in the hearts of men. The Kingdom is coming soon; it will be a visible Kingdom when the King returns and once again our message should be “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Christ’s message to the church for this hour is “Repent.” But who dares to call the average Sunday-morning congregation to repentance? Said Joseph Parker: “The man whose message is ‘Repent’ sets himself against his age and will be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man…off with his head! You had better not preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven.”

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Repentance was preached by the prophets, apostles and Jesus Christ Himself (Luke 13:3,5).  It was the first thing to come to Jesus’ lips in His public ministry after he endured the temptation in the wilderness!  Read Matthew 4:17.  It was the only doctrine that John the Baptist preached as he prepared the way for Christ.  It is impossible to be saved without repenting!  When one truly receives Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, by default they have repented.  Many in the church shun this doctrine, which tells me there are many unsaved church members who are starched, pressed and ironed but not washed in the blood with extreme sorrow over their sins.   All Because Of Him, Pastor Steve