Wednesday, January 16, 2013

QUESTION ANSWERED: What Is The Difference Between Protestants and Born Again Christians?

Are born again Christians different from protestants? If it`s just the same, how come others address themselves as protestants rather than being called as born again Christians?

Born again Christians? 
This is redundant.
According to Jesus Christ a person MUST BE BORN AGAIN to see the Kingdom of God.

                      John 3:3-7 English Standard Version (ESV)
“3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’”

The above passage from John 3 is Jesus Christ’s response to   a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, who approached Christ one night.

When a person receives saving faith it is something that comes from only through
 Jesus Christ and the witness of the uncontrolled by man Holy Spirit.

Some Christians call receiving salvation as -being born again, conversion, being saved, being
declared justified.

A person can join a protestant church and be a protestant and not be “born again”.
This means you can be a church member and not a real Christian.

In 1517 Martin Luther protested against the Church of Rome and the Reformation began.
Protestants of the Reformation declared by faith alone, by grace alone, by Scripture alone, by Christ alone and to God alone be the glory. 
These protesting Protestants saw these “5 solas” as what had to be the base of orthodox Christian belief and the church.
Lutherans, Presbyterians, Anglicans and even Baptist, Methodist and Pentecostals and more can trace heritage directly or indirectly to these reforming beliefs.

To be a Christian and to see the kingdom of God the Bible clearly states you must be born again – everyone not just those raised or attending a Protestant church.

We hear the gospel after being drawn by the Holy Spirit.  We are convicted of our sins. We repent of our sins.  We have faith that Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life and was fully God and fully man took the punishment for our sins on the cross. We are pardoned, born again, and receive citizenship in Heaven.  This gospel of grace is to be shared to the whole world.  

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