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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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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I always feel like somebody's watching me.....

A late Father's Day post....Happy Fathers day to all! Please take the time for the following video and book recommendation below.

Thanks,

Chris



Here is a recommended book, in case you need a little help, Dads (and Moms, too, of course).
Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp is a great bible-based book on raising children.

-Chris

This Amazon reviewer says it well:

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, July 6, 2008
By P. J. Taylor "Serious Bibliophile" (Los Angeles) - See all my reviews

I had no idea how many things I was doing wrong!!! And everyone thinks I am a good parent. By the worlds standard, I suppose I am. By Gods standard I was falling way short! Ted Tripp has shown me how to be kind and loving to my children. To explain to them why we do what we do, not just because I want it, but, because God calls up to do it! What a concept! IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN PARENT, THIS IS A MUST READ! I am enjoying parenting so much more, now that I am in line with Gods will!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Already Gone: Why Kids Are Quitting Church



This is a picture of me with Todd Friel from "Wretched Radio" (if your not listening to the show you need to)...and yes I'm almost as "freakishly tall", but I believe I do have a few pounds on him. I just want to say that Todd is the "real deal" and walks the talk. On behalf of our crew of six from Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Knoxville, I want to extend a BIG thank you to Mr. Mister Friel, Ken Ham and all the folks who worked so hard behind the scenes for the "Wretched" Creation Vacation at the Creation Museum. It was fantastic...We learned so much! I came away with a lot and plan on sharing what I can here on the blog. I want to start with promoting the following book: Already Gone: Why Kids Are Quitting Church



Statistics reveal a huge disconnect taking place between our children and their church experience

Nationwide polls and denominational reports are showing that the next generation is calling it quits on the traditional church. And its not just happening on the nominal fringe; it’s happening at the core of the faith.

In the first scientific study of its kind, the “Beemer Report” reveals startling facts discovered through 20,000 phone calls and detailed surveys of a thousand 20–29 year olds who used to attend evangelical churches on a regular basis, but have since left it behind.

The results are shocking:

* Those who faithfully attend Sunday School are more likely to leave the church than those who do not.
* Those who regularly attend Sunday School are more likely to believe that the Bible is less true.
* Those who regularly attend Sunday School are actually more likely to defend that abortion and gay marriage should be legal.
* Those who regularly attend Sunday School are actually more likely to defend premarital sex.

In this powerful book, popular author Ken Ham and consumer behavior research/analyst C. Britt Beemer combine to reveal trends that must be dealt with now . . . before we lose another generation!

The trends are frightening, but Already Gone shows how to win back our families, our churches, and our world!

For more on this book please listen to the following podcast from Cross Talk America.

Last week, Brannon Howse hosted this edition of Crosstalk with Ken Ham, author of the new book, Already Gone: Why Kids Are Quitting Church. The show raised some interesting issues about the statistically proven loss of young people from Christian churches.

You can't afford to NOT read this book...for your childs sake, please at least listen to the podcast then decide if you want to read the book. Then if you see the importance of this topic, I encourage...no I BEG you to share with your church leaders. The battle for your childs mind does have eternal consequences. And friends...we are LOSING the battle!

-Chris



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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hells Best Kept Secret

Well, it's summer and life is busier and the activities get later....I have so many intentions for the blog that I just can't seem to find time to do. I apologize.

In the mean time....I plead with anyone who has not heard Hell's Best Kept Secret please make the time to listen to it. This is one of two sermons that woke me up. And if you have or once you have heard it, please forward it to everyone you know, or send them the link to www.livingwaters.com (where this can be downloaded for free). Then encourage them to do the same. This message must be heard. So many will perish because they have a false conversion thanks to todays weak gospel lite message. As my pastor called it "cotton candy Christianity". We MUST have a proper understanding of our depravity and repentance. There is no such thing as a carnal Christian. I beg you to listen and share.

-Chris





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Monday, June 1, 2009

The Character of Genuine Saving Faith

Here is a list from The John MacArthur Study Bible on The Character of Genuine Saving Faith. Please take the time and examine yourself, then forward this to others so they will have a biblical salvation and not a false conversion, which I'm afraid that so many have (as did I for many years).

If you don't have a good study Bible I highly recommend Dr. MacArthurs. See the video below for details.

-Chris

The Character of Genuine Saving Faith

2 Corinthians 13:5, Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.

I. Evidences that neither prove nor disprove one’s faith

a. Visible morality: Matt 19:16-21
b. Intellectual knowledge: Romans 2:17ff
c. Religious involvement: Matt. 25:1-10
d. Active Ministry : Marr 7:21-24
e. Conviction of sin: Acts 24:25
f. Assurance: Matt 23
g. Time of decision: Luke 8:13-14

II. The fruit /proofs of authentic / true Christianity


a. Love for God: Luke 10:27, Romans 8:7
b. Repentance from sin: Psalm 32:5, II Cor 7:10, I John 1:8-10
c. Genuine Humility: Psalm 51:17, Matt 5:1-12, James 4:6-9
d. Devotion to God’s Glory: Psalm 105:3, Isaiah 43:7, I Cor 10:31
e. Continual Prayer: Luke 18:1, Eph. 6:18, James 5:16-18
f. Selfless love: I John 2:9ff, 3:14, 4:7ff
g. Separation from the world: I Cor. 2:12, James 4:4ff, I John 2:15-17
h. Spiritual Growth: Luke 8:15, John 15:1-6, Eph 4:12-16
i. Obedient Living: Matt 7:21, I Peter 1:2,22….I John 2:3-5

If list I is true of a person and list II is false or non-evident, then there could be cause to question the validity of one’s profession of faith.

If list II is true of a person, then list I will be true as well.








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