Friday, August 26, 2016

Ye Must Be Born Again - NOT!

Occultist Norman Vincent Peale stirred quite a fuss when he announced to the audience of Phil Donahue some years ago that people need not be born again. Although his comments confirmed my worst suspicions of him, it turns out that he was right, though perhaps not for reasons he understood.

The verse in question concerning being born again, from the King James Version, is found in John 3:3
3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
It is interesting how falsehoods become embedded within our spiritual raiments, provoking a reasonable but incorrect outrage when challenged.

The correct translation of the verse, in paraphrase, is Except a man be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God. The Greek word ἄνωθεν is properly translated "from above" - not "again." Thus people are not born again to enter the kingdom of God. Being born from above is not a semantic synonym for being born again.

It is worth noting that only those people who are born from above, without any decisions on their parts, shall enter the kingdom of God. Just as in human birth a person has absolutely no say in his birth, so with the spiritual birth. The birth of the spiritual ones is completely in God's hands.

So if you have been pestering family, friends, and enemies to become born again, you can cease from your vain labors. If they are of the lost tribes of Israel, then you should continue to spread the good news of the Kingdom of God, which truly is the gospel. Otherwise your offers of salvation and the kingdom are fraudulent.

To make our previous point crystal clear, Jesus stated very clearly that he came only for the lost sheep of Israel and that he came to save his people. His people are racial, genetic descendants from the loins of Jacob, for in Jacob shall your seed be reckoned. You are sadly deluded if you think that there is such a thing as a "spiritual" Israel without connection to genetics.

To be very clear about the descendants of Jacob, they are most emphatically not Jews, a race of people descending from Esau and Edom, who will be thoroughly destroyed when Jesus returns in the great and terrible Day of the Lord.

The descendants of Adam through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are the true seed of Promise and are the only persons eligible to inherit the Kingdom of God. No one else qualifies. Those who attempt to enter the Kingdom by stealth will be destroyed.

The descendants of Jacob are the seed and brethren spoken of by all of the apostolic writers. These people were and are given spiritual lives, born from above, capable of receiving the Spirit of God which is the down payment of the fulfillment of all of the promises of God in Abraham and his seed.

Only Israel, of all peoples of the earth, did God know. And only to them is salvation offered. You cannot be born again. You can only be born from above, something which occurred before the foundation of the world.

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