Precious Jesus

"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

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The damning heresy of decisional regeneration

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.....

1. Introduction 
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 God does. 

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 false practices. 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 Church. 

Our Purpose 
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 Spurgeon: “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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