So you are born-again?

I heard of a colleague who is a Sunday school teacher in his church, and I rejoiced when this colleague told me that he was born-again. I was naturally happy to hear that he was born-again, but my happiness only lasted a couple of days. I started to ask myself if my colleague is really born-again, or if he is hypnotized into thinking he’s born-again when he’s not.

Pastor Steve Kreins in his letter to Ray Comfort, with regards to false converts, said:

I also never believe anyone when they tell me they are saved. It is my duty to challenge them and search out the solidness of their salvation.

Pastor Kreins letter made me think about the salvation of my colleague, and it challenged me to enquire if my colleague is really saved or not. Lately I have been thinking about all people I know who claim to have been born-again while evidence suggests they are not, and it reminded me of what Jesus said. In Mathew 7, Jesus said:

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

 

In this scripture, Jesus makes it plain that there are people who think they are born-again when they are not. They are part of the church, hold respectable positions in the church, but they have never experienced a re-generation. I once asked a friend on a forum if he was born-again, and he said yes. Then I asked him what he’s saved from, and he didn’t know. I wasn’t surprised when I saw him swearing like atheists do, and showing signs of fits of anger that the bible preaches against. Reality is 80% of all people who claim to be born-again are not, and the evidence is seen when they backslide months after they made a ‘commitment’ to Jesus, or even weeks or days afterwards.

So what are you saved from? Why are you born-again? And how do you know you are born-again? Do you know God? The bible says: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

Are you passing the test? Do you have answers to these questions? If not, then something is wrong with your salvation.

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