Born Again

Daily "Words of Wisdom" from Apply

In response Jesus said to him: “Most truly I say to you, unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

Baptism signifies being born again. This isn’t a literal birth but a symbolic birth.  Being totally submerged and wet and messy is a more accurate way to symbolically become new or be born again.

Since we are talking about baptism, an outward sign of an inward disposition of purity and commitment to honoring Yahweh, let’s talk about two modern day variations of superficial and non-sustentative transformations: (1) being “born again” and (2) “accept Jesus as their Lord and savior.” Both can be done without having the slightest idea about what being a disciple actually means.

For years many modern-day protestant faker churches preach and teach that being “born again” is the end all be all – “non-plus-ultra.” If you are born again then you are in. No exceptions. You are going to heaven for sure. But like everyone else in their denomination, they are not transformed into a more Christ-like person, they are not obedient to the word of God, they love the world, they don’t love their neighbor, and they are certainly not disciples of Christ. Jesus did not say make people “born again.” He said make “disciples.”

A disciple follows Jesus’s example. A disciple studies and knows the bible, and lives in obedience with the bible. So, unless you study the bible, know the bible, and are obedient to biblical principles, you have not been reborn.

Many faker Christians roam the world trying to get people to “accept Jesus as their savior.”  They corner you at a shopping center and ask you if you have “accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior.”  Of course, the guys that ask this have no idea what they are talking about. Jesus said make disciples, he did not say badger people until they feel so bad that they cry out and admit that they need help, only for you to abandon them, not explain to them what the bible really teaches, and then run off to your other faker Christian friends to brag about “leading someone to Jesus.”

These people are immature and need to grow up. It is not about them or you, it is about Yahweh. It is about loving Him with your all, and loving your neighbor as yourself. You don’t have the first idea what it takes to be a real Christian, a disciple of Jesus. Study the bible, know the bible, be obedient to biblical principles. Then, once you are sure you get it, teach this to others. Obedience to and love for Yahweh takes years to teach, not two minutes at a shopping mall.

Baptism symbolizes your commitment to Yahweh. That means you bear Yahweh’s name and reputation. If you live a clean life, like a true disciple of Jesus, and have love for one another, then you glorify the name of Yahweh. But if you are disobedient and unclean and worldly, then you blaspheme the name of Yahweh. The 10 commandments listed in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 warn us to not blaspheme the name of Yahweh. This doesn’t simply mean don’t say His name like a curse word, which many of you do and tolerate. It means don’t be called by His name or associated with His name and be a hypocrite, a faker, worldly, without love, or disobedient.

Shame on the millions of faker Christians out there who have been baptized because that think they are worthy of being associated with Yahweh and yet who live immoral, dirty, worldly, unloving and disobedient lives. You blaspheme the name of Yahweh every day and slap Him in the face with your hypocrisy and disobedience.