In part one of BORN AGAIN we looked at what it is to be “born again” In part two I want to look at some of the rights and privileges of being “born again” of God’s spirit.
The Pope just signed a document that says “ non-Catholic Christian communities are either defective or not true churches”. The Pope goes on to say that “ other Christian communities such as Protestants ‘cannot be called ‘churches’ in the proper sense since they don’t have what’s known as apostolic succession- that is, the ability to trace bishops back to the original apostles of Jesus’” WORLDNETDAILY. This statement needs to be addressed but not the way most in other Christian communities will. They will bluster and harrumph but they won’t get to the truth of the matter. Well, that’s where I guess I come in.
How many of you know what it means to be born again and how many of you know what it means to you to be born again? They are two distinctly different things.
The starting point for all “would be Christians” is Romans 10:9&10.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Many times we have honored our men and women in arms for their service to our country and rightfully so, but there is another cost to be paid for the freedom that our forefathers have given us. It is ours and it is only we here in the United States who can pay. That obligation does not rest on the shoulders of the brave military men and women of our country. This is an obligation that they cannot fulfill. It requires the same dedication that our troops exhibit and that obligation lays at the feet of our Christian leadership, our government officials and the citizenry of America.
There is a song called Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus that has blessed my life over the years because it is as true now as it was when it was written. Some times I forget the richness and beauty of God’s Word and God’s love for us until something brings God’s word back into remembrance.
Over the last four decades the businesses and corporations in the United States have shifted their philosophy on storage and stock piling of goods to a “just in time supply” mode. In other words, there is little to no “stock” or stored items in the store. All the merchandise, food, etc. comes in just in time for the consumer to purchase it. This has been a real cost saver to the businesses that, before the “just in time supply”, had to carry large amounts of merchandise and hold it for long periods of time. Their cash flow is better and the cost of holding those goods is virtually gone. “Just in time supply” was and is good for business but what about the consumer in today’s world?
Many people in the Christian churches today find themselves under constant pressure to “be good enough” to warrant the blessings of God and to do the right things so that they can make their way to heaven. I tell you now you will never be good enough to deserve the title of Christian” and you can never do enough good works to get you to heaven.
O.K. I have had enough. Now people are saying that the Bible has to be put in plastic bags with a warning label on it saying that it is full of violence, strong language and sexuality including beastiality. OK, isn’t that like doing it with dogs and horses?? Where is that in the Bible? Then they say “ it’s not really God’s Word it is only some stories written by men.”
From time to time I see news releases of a guy in Florida that proclaims himself Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ the only begotten son of God. I laugh,HA! The reason that I can laugh is that I know the truth of God’s word, the Bible. For the rest of society this is a real pickle.
Over the centuries men have continued to hack away at the Bible and it’s reputation so that now it is almost impossible to find a person that believes that the Bible is THE WORD OF GOD. Even in the hierarchy of the Christian Churches (where this should be a given (a cardinal rule)) they think that they are modern or sophisticated to believe exactly the opposite