Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"I've been washed in the blood of the Son of God, I have been born again."

It's not enough to say I believe in Jesus Christ, I believe in the grace of God, I believe in faith in Jesus Christ, I believe that He died. That belief must square with the meaning Scriptures give to those words.

Church history records a First Century cult group that used similar words to Christianity. Mithras members would go up to each other on the streets of Rome and say, "I've been washed in the blood of the Son of God, I have been born again".

Think of hearing those words. Wouldn't you just run up to them and say, "Wow, praise the Lord." But the problem is that if you took a moment and asked a few questions you'd find their God was Mithras. His blood was the blood of a bull. Being born again was part of a ceremony with real animal blood from a living bull, as you stood in a pit beneath that bull as it was sacrificed over your head.

When you got out of that pit covered with blood you would say you were born again. Are we talking about the same Christ, Son of God and New Birth? NO--- but the same words and that's why it's so important that believers believe:
  • The way of God that only Jesus Christ is the door to Heaven.
  • The truth of God--the Biblical definition of what: Christ Jesus, sin, Son of God, grace, faith, and conversion: really mean from God's Word; and that you have embraced that.

Yours Because His,  
John Barnett, Pastor and the entire DTBM Staff

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