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'that I do have . . .Eternal Life?'




What you are about to read is 'shocking for simplicity'. If you ask 20 preachers - "What is being Born-Again?" you'll likely get 20 different answers. Yet Scripture only defines 'being Born-Again' in one single verse!

Remember, God's Word is 'The-Only-Book' God ever wrote! Thus God's Word is the 'The-Only-Source-Book' we have to teach us anything about God . . . and being Born-Again!

The "opinions" of 1,000 Bible dictionaries do not matter: God didn't write the dictionaries!

The "theories" of 1,000 scholarly commentaries do not matter: God didn't write the commentaries!

The "doctrinal books" of 1,000 denominations do not matter: God didn't write the denominational doctrine books!

FACT-1! God "only" wrote one book: The Holy Bible.

FACT-2: God "only" wrote one verse in His Holy Bible defining Born-Again'.

FACT-3: If we can understand this "one-&-only-verse" we can understand what it is and how one becomes Born-Again!



Thankfully, being Born-Again - the ‘how to’ be Born-Again, ‘what to do’ and ‘why it works’ - are all extremely simple. [Forget EVERY abominational-denominational, biased, perverted, twisted, mangled-&-muddled concept of being “Born Again” you ever heard!]

God's one-&-only definition is ‘Fool-Proof’ for simplicity, "IF" - repeat "IF" - you will allow God to speak for Himself!



Here is the "11-word-definition of Being Born-Again found in I John 5:1.



“Whosoever believeth, that Jesus is 'the Christ' IS BORN OF GOD! I Jon 5.1

That's ALL there is to it! Nothing MORE . . . nothing LESS. . . nothing ELSE!

This one sentence does however generate a question: "What is the Christ?" How do I know if I believe that Jesus is "the Christ" if I don't know what "A Christ" is? Good question: simple answer.

‘Christ’ is simply the Greek word 'kristos', translated from the Hebrew word ‘messias'. Both simply mean the ‘anointed one’ - ‘anointed’ as in ‘to pour over the head’ - as ball players do with champagne after the big championship, a "Christening of Champions!"

Anointing has no inherent meaning except to 'pour out' and is only important in relation to "some great person", a doer of 'some mighty deed!' An anointing without a 'great person' a doer of 'great deeds' has little value.

[For example, drunks can pour alcohol over each others head every day at the local Jerry Springer Pub, but that‘anointing’ doesn’t make them great!]

That Jesus was selected by God-the-Father as qualified to be the “Saviour” of the whole world, He was therefore anointed as God’s Saviour, God’s Choice, God’s Son, and eventually He became God's Sacrifice . . . and ultimately our SAVIOUR!

So, what this Scripture is simply saying is that "Christ is God’s Chosen Saviour of the World" because of WHO HE IS (God's only begotten Son) and WHAT HE DID (died on the Cross for sins of humanity, rose again, etc.,).

It's that simple!

[NOTE to Preachers-Teachers: Since the words "Christ & Messiah" are not words commonly used in daily conversation as children grow up - and have no other meaning in secular society, they are a bit cloudy and mysterious to most, if asked to define them.

"Saviour" is the clearer, and better understood word in English society, as compared with Christ & Messiah. ["IF" you want to communicate the Gospel well, make sure all know that Jesus is the one-&-only SAVIOUR!]

Therefore this Scripture ever-so-simply tells us: “Whosoever believeth, that Jesus is the Saviour, IS BORN OF GOD!" I Jon 5.12

This is “ALL” there is to being Born Again! don't ADD anything, don't SUBTRACT anything, and don't SUBSTITUTE any thing!

Modern “Scripture-Screwer-Uppers” seem to try to do every thing they can to make Being Born Again - the simple state of believing Jesus is “YOUR SAVIOUR" - complicated, mystical and uncertain thus giving them control over you (as you aren't saved unless 'They-say!')

Do you "believe" that the Carpenter from Galilee - "Jesus" -who died on the Cross-&-Rose-from-the-Dead is the "Saviour"?

"IF" you believe this, you are Born-Again, BECAUSE Jesus as Spirit comes to live in the heart of every person who believes . . . you don't have to invite Him in (and no one in all of Scripture ever did this - check for yourself!)

. . . Jesus automatically and instantly comes into the heart of EVERY person - the very 'split-second' - they BELIEVE that Jesus is the Saviour!

Let’s devise a simple quiz to determine if any person is truly Born-Again. It’ll work for Rush, and it’ll work for you. Let’s see if we can make it SIMPLE like Jesus and Paul emphasized: the SIMPLICITY that is Christ the Saviour!


Taking the "Are You Born Again" Quiz




SALVATION QUIZ:

[1] Who do you believe the greatest President is? _____________

> > > Whether you say Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, Reagan, or G. W. Bush: what does believing that mean? Say you chose Lincoln:

> > Does that mean you have to “join a Lincoln group?” NO!

> > Does that mean you have to “attend Lincoln meetings all the time?” NO!

> > Does that mean you have to “send money to a Lincoln foundation?” NO!

> > Does that mean you have to “tell everyone about your Lincoln belief?” NO!

> > Does that mean you have to “convince others Lincoln is the greatest?” NO!

> > Does that mean you have to “love Lincoln more than your family?” NO!

> > Does that mean you have to “love Lincoln more than your own life?” NO!

> > Does that mean you have to “love Lincoln at all?” NO!

> > Does that mean you have to “read all the books about Lincoln?” NO!


The truth is, simply “BELIEVING” that Lincoln was the Greatest American President ever, doesn’t mean that you owe him ANYTHING!

You have already honored him greatly by choosing him above the other 43 presidents, and believing “he is the greatest” requires no more than sincerely believing: How simple!




[2] Who do you believe the greatest Military General is? __________


> > > G. Washington, A Jackson, Stonewall Jackson, Zachary Taylor, US Grant, Robert E Lee, T Roosevelt, Pershing, Bradley, Patton, McArthur, Eisenhower, Norman Schwartzkolf, or David Patreaus,

Whoever “YOU” believe is the greatest - for whatever reason is what “YOU” believe! It can be based on any set of criteria “YOU” decide and for any reason “YOU” say is the most important one.

Whom ever you believe to be the greatest USA Military General, do any the questions apply to the Greatest General that were asked bout the “Greatest President? Does believing obligate you to read their books, join a fan club, send them money, convince others? NO!



[3] Who do you believe the greatest singer is? ______________

> > > Bing Crosby, Eddy Arnold, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Johnny Cash, Ann Murray, Shania Twain, Lee Ann Rimes, Cher, Whitney Houston, etc,

Whom ever you believe to be the greatest singer of all time, do any of the questions apply that were asked about the “Greatest President? Does believing obligate you to buy their CD’s, read books about them, join a fan club, send them money, and convince others they are the best ever? NO!



Now that we have allowed words o be words, and allowed God to communicate His requirements in His choice of words, and have determined what the very simple word “BELIEVE” means: we’re ready to aplly what we have learned to the Christ.



[4] Who do you believe the Christ, the Saviour is? ______________

> > > Mohammed, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus - or He hasn’t come yet, or not sure.

Amazingly, this is simpler than many have ever imagined:



[A] Mohammed never ever claimed to be the Saviour, but only a Prophet. He lived a rough-&-rowdy life, got sick, died and was buried. By his own admission, he thought he was devil possessed at times.


[B] Buddha never ever claimed to be the Saviour, but only a Seeker for the Saviour. The Buddha was not a bad person in any sense of the word, but was actually a very good and wise person. He based ALL if his life’s understanding and teaching on the metaphor of finding “THE WAY” and called his philosophy the “Eight-Fold Noble Way!”

Buddha’s basic premise was “Never want anything, never work for anything, and never have anything - and if you somehow get anything - don‘t keep anything (give it away)!” Obviously, this was not the answer and the Buddha died so discouraged he didn’t even know if he believed in God!

Intriguingly, the Buddha must have been truly enlightened as he did say on his death bed, if there really is a God, someday, He will send someone to teach us “THE WAY!”

God in His Infinite Wisdom, had Jesus coming preaching that He was “The Way!” Thus a true Buddhist who really follows what he says, looks to Jesus alone as the ONLY WAY, Truth & the Life!


[C] Likewise, Confucius never ever claimed to be the Saviour, but only a philosopher. He NEVER told anyone how to gain eternal life, but simply told people how to live a peaceful life on Earth, trying to be witty and pithy, having a smile along the way.


[D] Likewise the Jewish faith offers no Saviour. Moses never claimed to be Saviour, but said “God would send the Great One”. David certainly never claimed to be Saviour, and rather claimed the Saviour would surely come, and how great how would be!

Thus the Jews say the Saviour hasn’t come yet - though they have no reason for rejecting Jesus as their Svaiour - as Jesus was one of them, fulfilling their all their Scriptures!

Sadly, many Jews have given up on a literal Saviour - since their OWN SCRIPTURES say the Christ was to have come 2000 years ago - exactly 70 generations after Enoch, the 7th from Adam - who also prophesied in the New Testament in the book of Jude.

This coming of the long awaited Jewish Messiah was to be from 20 BC-to-1 BC. Thus Jesus was born right on time, just as the Jewish scriptures foretold!

Sadly, however, the Jews don’t accept Jesus, mostly for tradition’s sake. There are very few Jews still believing for a Saviour, and the number is decreasing continually.

Thus the Jewish people have the greatest degree of atheism of all peoples - as their “supposedly inspired Scriptures” cannot be from God - if their Messiah is 2,000 years over due . . .


[E] Lastly, you can simply not be sure who the Saviour is!


Here is the bottom line for believing in Christ!




“IF” You chose Jesus as Christ, the Saviour, that “choosing”, that “believing” that HE IS THE ONE - that “BELIEF ALONE SAVES YOU!”


Ever so simply, Jesus asks only one question for you to be saved by the right answer: “Whom do you say that I am?”

> He rejected “A Prophet” as the right answer

> He rejected “A Good Man” as the right answer

> He rejected “A Great Teacher” as the right answer

> He rejected “A Great Miracle Worker” as the right answer

> He ACCEPTED ONLY “The CHRIST of God!” “The SAVIOUR” of the whole world as the answer THAT SAVES!

If you, or anyone - believes that Jesus is the SAVIOUR, YOU ARE SAVED!

For sure!

For ever!

For believing!

This simple statement is in the bible over 200 times, the most repeated truth in the Bible. The simple truth is you learned this as a kid:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER (that‘s anyone - everyone) , BELIEVETH in Him shall NOT perish, but have everlasting life!

[ A ] “IF” you believe that Jesus is the Christ - YOU ARE BORN AGAIN & do have Eternal Life!”

[ B ] “IF” you DO NOT believe that Jesus is the Christ - YOU ARE neither BORN AGAIN nor have Eternal Life - regardless how religious you may be, or how much you believe in and love God.

The Bible itself tells us the devils believe in God - and that this does not save them in the least degree. Salvation is NOT about God the Father, God the Creator, God or the Judge: Salvation is about God the Son, the Saviour: Jesus!

So we have come all this way just to determine if Rush Limbaugh is Born-Again, reducing the many peripheries regarding ‘Rush-the-Talk-Meister’ to one simple question:

[ I ] Does Rush Limbaugh believe that Jesus is the Christ?


[ II ] Does Rush Limbaugh affirm Jesus is the Christ in his speaking, openly and unashamedly confessing Him before men?


[ III ] Is there anything to indicate this is a truly held belief, and not just idle chatter or insincere words: does he proclaim Jesus is Christ in a serious way, under pressure?

Thankfully, for all who love Rush and the Truth, the answers are simple, clear, and affirmative!


" So What Is a Born Again Christian?” I John 5.1





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