Paul Washer – The Lost doctrine

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  • The evidence of conversion is not a decision card filled out, it’s a life being lived out.
  • God commands every man, everywhere to repent of their sins and believe in the Gospel and to bring forth fruit worthy of repentance
  • I am absolutely not talking about a works salvation here. Ia m talking about a lost doctrine in the church: the doctrine of regeneration.
  • If there is a lost doctrine in the church today that has destroyed evangelism  it’s the doctrine of regeneration.
  • Regeneration is not merely a human decision. You do not get saved simply because you decided to jump out of the line going to hell in order to jump into the line going to heaven.
  • Salvation is a supernatural work of God, where by the power of God is manifest  to such a degree that it parallels or exceeds the very power of God manifested in the creation of the universe. The universe was created ex nihilo, out of nothing, but, when God saves a man He recreates him out of a corrupt mass. When people have truly repented, when people have truly believed, there’s a work of regeneration going on in which that person becomes a new creature. And, as a new creature, with a new nature, they will live a different life.
  • The evidence of regeneration is not that you made a decision once, in an evangelistic campaign. The evidence of regeneration is that your life is being transformed.
  • Do you think that God transforms just some of His children? The doctrine of a Christian living in a continuous state of carnality is absolute heresy. Do Christians sin? Yes. Do Christians fall into carnality? Yes. Can Christians walk in immaturity for a while? Yes. But, can Christians live a godless worldly life all the days of their life? Absolutely not! Why? Because salvation is a supernatural work of God whereby if any man be in Christ he’s a new creature (1 Corinthians 5:17) . And new creatures live a different way. That’s why, when people tell me today that there’s just as much sin in the church as outside of the church, there’s just as much divorce, pornography, and lying, and hating, and bickering in the church as outside the church- that is a lie. The church of Jesus Christ in America today is beautiful. She is broken, she is confessional, she is walking with her God, and when she sins it breaks her heart and she returns to Him. Your problem is what you’re calling the church IS NOT the church. If the church is as most people say, then every new covenant promise in the bible has failed. but God says in the new covenant He will make a people, and He will be their God, and they will be His people. And the law of God will be written on their heart, and they will walk in it. (Ezekiel 36:25-27)
  • A dear friend of mine, called a very important Christian scholar in history, Doctor Dallimore, he said, „Doctor Dallimore,  I have a question: The Puritans didn’t really give invitations and things like we do today. How did they know when someone got saved? Dallimore said this, „Well, that was easy. Their life changed and they kept coming to church.” How do we know they got saved (because) they don’t come to church and their life has not changed. But (we say) they got saved because they raised their hand. Look at what we’ve done. Just look. Look. If you’re here tonight and you’re troubled about your soul, I won’t ask you to raise your hand, I won’t ask you to fill out a card. But, I will stay here til 6 in the morning, when my plane leaves, to counsel you.
  • You see, that’s the problem, isn’t it? People come forward, they sign a card, we talk to them 5 minutes about salvation, we declare them saved, and then we wonder why we have to pour so much discipleship  in them, and they still won’t grow. We’ve made the great assumption, we’ve passed them through an evangelical rite because they said all the right answers. We declare them saved and we never worry about it again. That’s wrong.
  • I’ll tell you this: If you repent  and believe in Christ today, if you have done that, He’s saved you. But, I’ll tell you this: If you’ve made a decision for Christ, you see Christ as Lord tonight and you profess Him in faith, He’s saved you. But, if you walk out of here and your life doesn’t change, and you don’t begin to grow- He who began a good work in you doesn’t complete it. (Then) what happened here tonight was not a genuine conversion. Because the evidence of genuine conversion is an ongoing work of God in the soul of a man. That’s the old way. That’s historical Christianity.
  • (Paul Washer gives an example of how to talk to your child who professed faith in Christ in their childhood and in their teenage years are in the world)- You need to approach them this way: You made a profession of faith in Christ, but every bit of evidence in your life, at this moment, dictates that maybe your profession of faith in Jesus Christ was false, and you are still in your sin, and if you died you would go to hell. Now, make your calling and election sure. Repent. Return to Christ.
  • You see how superficial our Christianity has become? Oh my dear friend, these things should not be so, but they are. Awaken to the Gospel, the real Gospel, not the reduced kind. It’s a Gospel of grace and a Gospel of power- that He who began a good work in you, will finish it. (Phil. 1:6)
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