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  "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." - Mark 16:15 

 

I used to Be A Christian

I came across an interesting article by a so called, 'ex-Christian', located here.  There's really no such thing as an ex-Christian.

Darkness

When one is born again, that is, the second birth, spiritually born, it can no more be undone that the physical birth can be undone.  That is, you can't go back and 'undo' your physical birth!  So it is with the second birth, when one becomes spiritually alive.

An 'Ex-Christians' Testimony

From the article here.
"I suppose you can call this my "extimony," a term which I should explain for those who may be unfamiliar with the brand of evangelical Christianity in which I was involved. Among the evangelical crowd, having a "born-again" experience of admitting to God that you are a sinner, asking for his forgiveness which he offers through the sacrificial death of Jesus, and inviting God into your life to "create you anew" is crucial: if you have not had such an experience, if you have not so invited Jesus into your heart, you have not truly been "saved," i.e., you are not a real Christian." Source.
Here, in the bolded parts, do we have the problem.  There is nothing in the Bible which says being saved involves asking God to 'create you anew', in other words, to perform good works.  That is a works based salvation.

As much as it sounds good, inviting 'Jesus into your heart', is nowhere mentioned in the Bible, and it is NOT being born again.

Repentance?

“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15
The Lord says that we are to 'repent', and 'believe the gospel.'

What is the word repent?  The word repent in the Greek is metanoeō, which means, to change one's mind.
metanoeō: to change one's mind, i.e. to repent
Strongs Concordance: Link
What is it that we have to have a change of mind from?  What ever it is the stops us from believing!
For some, that's having a change of mind, from not believing, to believing.
For others, that's having a change of mind, from thinking their works can saved them, to realizing their works can't save them.
For others again, that's having a change of mind, from thinking a bit of works, and a bit of faith, can save them.  (Still not really trusting the Lord.)
The commandment of the Lord, is to change our minds (repent), and BELIEVE the Gospel.

Not to work hard, not to be created 'anew', that is, change your lifestyle, not to 'invite Jesus into your heart', but, to change, from not believing, to believing, the Gospel.

What is the Gospel?

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:4
The Gospel, is that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and that he rose again the third day.  This is it!

We repent (have a change of mind), from not believing, to believing in Jesus's sacrifice on the cross for our sins, as our only way to Heaven.  There is no works, no change of life, no, 'inviting into heart'.

The Gospel, is simply, childlike faith, that is, belief.

Adding to the Gospel

The person in question, has added to the Gospel.  He has added the requirement to be created anew, that is, to do works as a requirement of salvation, to invite Jesus into his heart, which is nowhere in the Bible, but, that the Gospel is received purely by faith.
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” 1 John 2:19
The fact of the matter is, sadly, that the person was never a Christian to begin with, so, as 1 John 2:19 says, 'They went out from us, but they were not of us;'

Sadly, the person in question, was never born again to begin with.  Whether that is a failing of him, or of his church, I do not know, however, he has access to the same scriptures as you and I, the same access to the truth, which sadly, was never taken, but instead, was added to, therefore nulling, and voiding, the Gospel, that he sadly, has never received.

Confusing Salvation with Discipleship

"The story made sense to me, I accepted it, and, as the next step was explained to me, I invited Jesus into my heart and pledged to serve him with my life, to follow his lead."
Here we have it confirmed.  The person in question, never accepted the Gospel, instead, he made a commitment to follow the law.  To follow the law is to be doomed, for just one sin is enough to condemn us of all,
“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” Galatians 3:24
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10
It is a works based salvation, and our best works are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance, ie, having a change of mind, to believing in the Lord's sacrifice on the cross for their sins, His death, burial, and bodily ressurection, all the work is His, not ours, as our only way to Heaven (Luke 5:32).


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9th June 2018

 

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