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NThe New Birth
There are some precious Bible words we almost hesitate to use these days because they have been abused and misused throughout Christendom. Words like "Christian" and "Bishop" mean different things to different people, even though their Bible meaning has never changed.
Another term lately subjected to such abuse is "Born Again." It has been so cheapened and downgraded by the world that now we must define terms. "What do you mean that you are born again?" Today, you are "born again" if you have had some life-changing experience. It is used in popular songs to mean "falling in love." Hollywood superstars by the dozen profess to be "born again" - yet continue producing their wicked wares. Even Roman Catholics are using the term, "born again."
Because the Lord Jesus Christ said we could not get to Heaven without being "born again," it becomes vitally important that we understand the Bible meaning of the term.
WHAT BEING "BORN AGAIN" IS NOT
A. The New Birth is NOT Baptism.
Those who tech the doctrine of "Baptismal Regeneration" (all infant sprinkling "churches" and some immersing "churches" like the Church of Christ denomination do!) use the following Scriptures as proof texts"