If your motivation to becoming born again is to get to heaven, you have COMPLETELY missed the mark. Becoming born again is motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our personal desires are pushed aside, and the Holy Spirit comes and shows us a “New Thing…” one that gives us saving faith in the power of the crucifixion, cross, and resurrection of Jesus Christ…NOTHING about YOU like the Institutional Church (IC) teaches. In the IC, it’s all about man, works, and MAN’S desire to get what HE wants out of the deal. When it’s the REAL DEAL, you are out of the picture, and Jesus Christ is the center.
I don’t know about you, but growing up in the organized church system, I was often taught that going to heaven was a motivation to wanting to be “saved.” I had absolutely NO DESIRE for God, nor did I really understand what the cross TRULY meant, and what the resurrection of Jesus Christ really was.
In most churches today, the preacher’s focus on the altar call is on the individual desiring a better life for himself, or perhaps the individual being so hopeless and guilty about their lifestyle that they are heavily encouraged to “make a decision for Christ” before it’s too late. What a self-centered approach to salvation!
As a reminder, Pastor Pam Sheppard had NO desire for God when He began his work in her and rebirthed her spirit. So desiring God and doing works to avoid ending up in hell certainly can’t be prerequisites to becoming born again. And Paul was a persecutor of Christians, yet the Lord saved him. Neither Paul not Pam were worried about “getting into heaven,” or avoiding hell. Neither was feeling so guilty and helpless that they did works to try to save themselves.
As for me, the thought of heaven or hell never even entered my mind when I heard the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was way too caught up in what happened to Jesus Christ, whereas beforehand when I was part of the IC, my MAIN motivation for trying to be “right with God” was because I wanted to get to heaven in the end…no concern for the cross and resurrection, and no change occurred in me. I just wanted to do all the works it took in order to be saved…when we all know that we are saved by GRACE, and NOT by WORKS. There is NOTHING we can do to get saved. Our human works are not enough. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to quicken our spirits, give us FAITH in the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, cause us to repent, and make is new, born again creatures. WE DON’T HAVE THE POWER TO DO THAT. WE CANNOT SAVE OURSELVES FROM OUR OWN WICKEDNESS. WE ARE POWERLESS. This is why the ENTIRE salvation gospel preached in the IC is COMPLETELY FALSE. The IC tried to step in and do the Holy Spirit’s job, which is not possible. I dare say that if your salvation experience occurred in a church service within the IC, you are probably NOT born again, and have a False Conversion…no matter how GOOD it felt. THINK DEEPLY ON THIS.
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