There are entirely too many people that profess to know Christ and yet have no clue as to the meaning of "born again" much less it's absolute necessity for salvation to be real and eternal. People will say 'only believe' and if you do then you are saved; but the devils in hell believe. Today's definition of 'belief' is nothing more than a mental assent to a person called Jesus. Even this 'mental assent' is that of a person unlike the One written about in Scripture. This new Jesus makes offers, with no demands; he makes promises based on someone other than himself (the person to whom to 'promise' is made); he gives a false peace and assurance of something that is desired (salvation) but that never happened. This new Jesus can only 'stand at the door' of a person's heart and hope that he/she will give a favorable response to his generous offer, but if they don't then he is just out of luck. This new Jesus says that salvation can be had simply by saying the right words: "I believe in Jesus", "I believe that Jesus died for my sins", "I repent of my sins", and so on and so forth. But all of these statements are worthless, unless and until one is born from above. People instruct others to 'make a decision' for Jesus, another empty, worthless mockery of the Salvation bought for His elect only. They will speak against pride as the great deterrent that keeps men from God, not knowing that such a statement is born from and filled with pride---as if a man can dictate the terms of 'his surrender' to the Only Holy God just like Cain did. Does a man choose the time, place, and circumstances when he will allow God to save him? This is what the vast majority have been taught and what they will defend to the bitter end in order to maintain their superiority over their Creator (or so they think).
How many has our Gracious Lord delivered from this doctrine of demons? Probably all whom He has saved. But how did He do it? By manipulating their minds and emotions; by 'making an offer that they could not refuse'; by waiting till the person was in the right mood? If all that sounds like nonsense, good, because it is. The Lord saves every person that He has chosen to save the same way: they are born again, and that by the Spirit of God, exclusively. "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."*********"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'you must be born again.'" John 3:3 and 3:5-7. Here, there is no mention of 'belief' or 'repentance', or a 'decision' being made to incur the favor of God; only the mandatory need of a man to be born again by the Spirit of God. This is a great mystery to those who teach a decisional, man-centered belief system that excludes being born again by the Spirit of God. They teach that belief (faith), repentance, confession, and the all important 'decision' must precede the working of the Spirit in order to show one's self as worthy of God's salvation. Many have gone down this (Roman) road and have convinced themselves that all is well with their soul because of what they did when nothing could be further from the truth. There are no such 'requirements' to be found in Scripture. The salvation claimed by these folks is based upon what they did, what they believed, what they confessed with their mouth, and holding God to a promise that He never made, that if these carefully laid out conditions are properly and sincerely met, then they are free to declare themselves to be "saved." But it's all a lie. The salvation purchased by the Lord Jesus is never based on the works of a man on any level. The salvation purchased by the Lord Jesus is based solely upon Himself, His choice as to who receives Christ and who will not and is done at a time and manner of His choosing, not that of the recipient. The faith to believe, the repentance to forsake our sins, the words of gratitude and praise that come from our mouth are a result of being born again and NEVER the cause of it. Such is the big delusion inflicted upon man today, that he must be pleasing to God before he will find favor with Him. Thank God this is not so. Thank God for being born again. Thank God that we are new creatures in Christ.