Does Man Control The New Birth?
If you hunt around on some of the online bookstores, you might find Billy Graham’s book entitled “How To Be Born Again”. Another book that’s out there is “Gaining Decisions for Christ: A How-To Manual” by Louis R Torres. These books are representative of the modern church mindset that imagines man as having power to “activate” or “trigger” his own New Birth.
The error of Decisional Regeneration has some similarities with another error that Charles Spurgeon battled against in the 19th century called Baptismal Regeneration; it imagines that human beings have the power to cause the New Birth through the waters of baptism. In the past we’ve talked about regeneration as being something that God controls, and something that his Holy Spirit does. I’m sure we’ll continue in examining the various scripture passages that we believe make this clear. For this post however, I’d like to share this short overview clip on Decisional Regeneration from a video series entitled How God Converts The Human Soul.
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