Born Again--False View

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  • Bible (Correct): Being born again was spoken of by Jesus in John 3:3-10. Literally, the Greek says “born from above” and it is the regeneration that occurs when a person becomes a Christian, is made a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17), is no longer dead in his sins (Eph. 2:1), and no longer spiritually blind (1 Cor. 2:14).
  • CS: Being born again is a kind of spiritual transformation when a person is healed and/or delivered from an ailment or bad habit through the knowledge of Christian Science principles.
  • JW: Only the 144,000 (anointed ones) are born again and will reign with Christ in heaven.
  • LDS: In Mormonism, being born again is not a change of state from unregenerate to regenerate. It is a ceremony which is a necessary part of the LDS religious system by which a Mormon becomes a “true Christian.”
    • “Being born again, comes by the Spirit of God through ordinances” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 162). 
    • “No one can be born again without baptism . . . " (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 1966, p. 101).
  • RC: In Catholicism being born again is the transformation that occurs when a person is water baptized and all his sins are then removed and God’s grace is infused into the person. He is then in a state of sanctifying grace until he commits sufficient sin to have fallen from his “baptismal grace” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1446) and is no longer born again.





About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.