The false teaching of man doing something in order to help God save him is so deeply embedded in today's 'Christianity' that most will argue to the death for such heresy. The sad truth is that many will perish in their sins because of this heresy; multitudes already have. I want to direct your attention to a couple of writings concerning the matter, the second link gives statistics to the number of those who profess to have come forward, yet after time, fall back into their old ways. The new birth is not expounded upon as it needs to be in our day, as well as the depraved nature of man, and the inability to come to Christ on his own 'free will'. This monster from the pit of hell must be slayed by God's sword - the truth found in Holy Writ. We must speak out against this heresy whenever the Spirit gives us the opportunity to do so; many have already perished in their sins, believing they were saved because of their 'decision'.
Here is the first of two articles.....
What Is Regeneration?
“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the
kingdom of God” (Joh 3:3). Our Lord Jesus Christ
taught that the new birth is so important that no one
can see heaven without it. Mistakes concerning this
doctrine have been very destructive to the Church of
Christ. The new birth is a spiritual change wrought
in us, not an act performed by us. The Apostle John
states this so beautifully in the first chapter of his
Gospel, when he speaks of the children of God as
those “which were born, not of blood, nor of the will
of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (v
13). Regeneration, or the new birth, is God’s work by
the Holy Spirit in changing a sinner’s heart and
bringing him to faith in Jesus Christ. It is not something
that man does or can do, but something that
What Is “Decisional Regeneration”?
The history of the Christian Church has seen
many errors concerning the new birth. These teachings
depart from Scripture by attributing to man the ability to regenerate himself. When denominations
adopt these false concepts of man and the new birth,
they soon become corrupted with false practices.
Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, and many
others have all been corrupted at different times and
to different degrees by practicing and teaching Baptismal
Regeneration. Baptismal Regeneration
teaches that the waters of baptism convey the new
birth. Man performs this sacrament and it is in his
control. Because of this erroneous teaching on regeneration,
these denominations have embraced
In the nineteenth century, few controversies
were as heated as that over Baptismal Regeneration.
It is interesting to note that C. H. Spurgeon, the
most prolific preacher of that century, printed more
copies of his sermon denouncing Baptismal
Regeneration than any other in 1864.
However, the twentieth century Church must
combat a more subtle falsehood: Decisional Regen- eration. Decisional Regeneration differs from Baptismal
Regeneration only in the fact that it attaches
the certainty of the new birth to a different act. This
doctrine, just as Baptismal Regeneration, sees the
new birth as the result of a mechanical process that
man performs. Decisional Regeneration has in its
deceptive way permeated much of the Christian
The methods and theology of those that practice
Decisional Regeneration need to be examined—not
with a malicious spirit, but with a fervent desire that
all of God’s people may be one in doctrine and practice
for the glory of God. We love all that are in
Christ; but we agree wholeheartedly with Charles
“The best way to promote union is to promote
truth. It will not do for us to be all united together
by yielding to one another’s mistakes. We are to
love each other in Christ; but we are not to be so
united that we are not able to see each other’s
faults, and especially not able to see our own. No,
purge the house of God, and then shall grand and
blessed times dawn on us.”
So then, our purpose is not to question the sincerity
of some Christians or to malign them, but to unite
Christians in the truth as it is in our Lord. This alone
is true Christian unity.
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This second article gives us insight into the 'results' of decisional regeneration...
The most prominent evangelist of the mid-19th Century was Charles G. Finney, a Presbyterian who developed the altar call as a device to get decisions in his meetings. Ian Murray, in Revivals and Revivalism, says that Finney "believed that all that was needed for conversion was a resolution signified by standing, kneeling, or coming forward, and because the Holy Spirit always acts when a sinner acts, the public resolution could be treated as `identical with the miraculous inward change of sudden conversion'."
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"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan