I remember when I was born again of the Spirit, all the way back in 1989, because that is when I came to know the real Jesus Christ. If you have been reading this Soul Refuge blog for any amount of time, then you know that the Lord delivered me out from the deception and bondage of the Roman Catholic system. There is no question in my mind that the whole system of Roman Catholicism, is a corrupt and wicked system that has been deceiving souls for centuries. I LOVE the precious people within the system, but I hate the counterfeit system, that is DECEIVING the people whom I LOVE! That is exactly why I warn people, but most of the time it falls upon deaf ears. I came up with the title Soul Refuge for this site, simply to point you to Jesus Christ, who is the ONLY refuge for your soul, in this world in which we live.
Let me cut right to the chase here on this post regarding the great necessity for the new birth in the life of every living person on planet earth. I am writing today to tell you that YOU must be born again if YOU want to enter Heaven one day! You may not be the “religious” type or you may not even be interested in these things, but that does not matter at all, because YOU still must be born again if you want to enter Heaven one day! You can attend church for decades and still end up in Hell! Deep inside your heart you know that something is wrong, and that you are not right with God, even though you are not a mass murderer, or a hardened criminal!
As a former Roman Catholic, I attended church for years but I did not know the Lord Jesus Christ. I attended my Catholic Masses, I prayed my Hail Mary prayers on my Rosary beads, I made my “first” Holy Communion and Confirmation but I was as lost as could be. I would go inside the “Confessional Booth” to confess my sins to the local Catholic Priest, but I found myself making up stuff, and lying as I made my confession. I prayed before the Catholic statues (graven images) of “Mary” and “Jesus” for many years, never realizing that the 2nd Commandment absolutely forbids doing that! (Exodus 20:4-6). Sometimes I was a faithful attendee at church, and there were other times when I was nothing more than an “A&P Catholic” (Ashes and Palms). I wanted people to see that big black cross of ashes that the priest put on my forehead. I also liked to get a large piece of palm on “Palm Sunday” so that I could make a nice cross to show everybody that I went to church. The whole time I had no idea that I was hanging over Hell by a thread!
The Bible makes it very clear that both there is no difference between the Jew or the Gentile when it comes to the need for the new birth. Well then, what happens if a person has never been born again, and they have no intention of being born again? The answer to that question is that a person who has never been born again, will simply remain in their natural and fleshly state of mind, and they will ultimately die in their sins one day. Listen to Jesus Christ as he spoke with a Jewish ruler by the name of Nicodemus.
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be BORN AGAIN, he CANNOT see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the FLESH is FLESH; and that which is born of the SPIRIT is SPIRIT. Marvel not that I said unto thee, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN. (John 3:1-7)
Keep in mind that Jesus was speaking with a Jewish leader, but the man had never been born again of the Spirit. Nicodemus was born “in the flesh” which is speaking of his “natural birth” but he was never “born again” of the Spirit which is the “spiritual birth” or “new birth” as it is sometimes called. The words which Jesus spoke that day to Nicodemus are still as much alive today as when he first spoke them, and they still apply to every person who is alive in the world today. It does not matter where you live in the world, it does not matter what language you speak or what color your skin is, the word for YOU today is that YOU must be born again.
If YOU have already been born again of the Spirit, then YOU know what I am telling you is true. Every one of your relatives, friends, and co-workers must also be born again or they will never enter Heaven! That is the God-honest truth. Now listen to me here, I am not asking you if YOU go to church or if YOU attend religious services, or if you have turned over a new leaf in your life, but I am asking YOU if YOU have ever been born again of the Spirit? It is important that YOU know that all of your own good deeds and good works will not get you into Heaven. Did YOU know that? That is the God honest truth and that is what the Bible teaches us:
For by GRACE are ye SAVED through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of GOD: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Not by works of righteousness which WE HAVE DONE, but according to HIS MERCY he SAVED US, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the HOLY GHOST; (Titus 3:5)
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It is obvious by even this brief glimpse into the doctrines of mortal and venial sins, confession, penance, and purgatory, that the Roman Catholic Church has constructed one of the most unbiblical doctrinal systems that has ever been considered “Christian”. The fear, anguish, and religious bondage that such a system of “reward and punishment” creates, has tormented millions of lives for centuries, and continues to prey on those who are ignorant of the biblical way of salvation. To merely call such a system “a cult”, would be to throw it into the vast category of religions and quasi-religions that are currently making the rounds of our college campuses and city streets, snatching up many an unsuspecting youth. No, the Roman Church is not a cult. It’s an empire! With its own ruler, its own laws, and its own subjects! The empire has no borders, it encompasses the globe with its eye on every person who does not vow allegiance. It calls the members of other faiths “separated brethren” and has as its goal the eventual bringing together of everyone under its flag.
I know that many will not be convinced or moved by this article (or any of the others) to make such a conclusion. They are impressed by what they’ve heard about recent stirrings among the Catholics in the “charismatic renewal”. Many evangelicals (especially Charismatics) have been thrilled by the reports of Catholics speaking in tongues, dancing in the Spirit, having nights of joy and praise, even attending “charismatic masses”. Mouths that used to speak out boldly against the Church of Rome have been quieted by the times. It no longer is in vogue to speak of the pope as “the antichrist” or the Catholic Church as the “whore of Babylon”. Now Protestants unwittingly believe that “our differences are not so great”. Ah, that is just what She needs us to think! I’ve never completely understood why God led me to write these articles. But it becomes more clear with each day of study, and each page of research. Never has something so black and wicked, gotten away with appearing so holy and mysteriously beautiful . . . for so long! [Preacher and Songwriter Keith Green: The Catholic Chronicles]