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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Decisional Regeneration by James E. Adams

Dear friends,

It is vacation time, and I am going to be in the Great Smokey Mountains and probably unable to post, publish comments (sorry Elmanjaggo and Mr. Anonymous...I truly am enjoying your posts) or even email if the Mrs. has anything to do with it. She has me scheduled right down to the minute, and besides I need a break from the computer. I will take the lap top and if Wi-Fi is available in our remote getaway I MAY make a post and definitely publish any comments if I this is available.

So, I will leave you with a great article on decisional regeneration by James E. Adams. I think this is a very serious topic and needs to be discussed, but this should give you an overall understanding. This type of theology had me believing I was a true convert, when indeed I was a false convert for many years. If you are not sure which you are, please check out Hells best kept secret a couple of posts' back. Don't hesitate....Michael Jackson was planning on a concert next month...we are not promised tomorrow. Repent and Trust Jesus Christ as your Lord AND Savior.

See ya' next week!

-Chris




Introduction

What is Regeneration?

"Except a man be born again1, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 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. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God. It is not a work of man. It is not something that man does but something that God does. The new birth is a change wrought in us, not an act performed by us. This is stated so beautifully by the Apostle John when in the first chapter of his Gospel 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).

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 these false concepts of man and the new birth are adopted, churches soon become corrupted with false practices. The Roman Catholic church, the Anglican church, the Lutheran church and many other churches have all been corrupted at different times and to different degrees with the teaching of Baptismal Regeneration. Because of this erroneous teaching on regeneration, these churches have embraced false practices.

In the nineteenth century few controversies were so heated as the one over Baptismal Regeneration. It is interesting to note that C. H. Spurgeon (1836-1892), the most prolific preacher of that century, had printed in 1864 more copies of his sermon denouncing Baptismal Regeneration than of any other sermon. Baptismal Regeneration teaches that the new birth is conveyed by the waters of baptism. The sacrament is performed by man and is in his control.

But the twentieth century Church has, in "Decisional Regeneration," a more subtle falsehood to combat. "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 can be performed by man. What is here called "Decisional Regeneration" has in its deceptive way permeated much of the Christian Church.

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1 comment:

Elmanjaggo said...

I have great respect for Spurgeon. The Lutheran and Catholic Churches do not see the sacrament of Baptism or any sacrament as being under Man's control (not even Marriage.)It is more clearly understood to be under the same guidance (Holy Spirit) that led to God providing us the Holy Scriptures. They were obviously written by men but Authored by God. Again, this can be seen during the canonization process of Scripture. God is the author and uses us as instruments. It is his work, not ours.