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By Atty. Batas Mauricio

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Unless a man be born from God, he cannot see the kingdom of God’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 3:3, the Sole Way Bible).

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HAVE YOU BEEN BORN OF GOD? As a reaction to my Facebook post as the Leader Disciple of the Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ Church (or AND KNK, Simbahang Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo) which appeared on May 12, 2018, a message was sent to me by Pastor Ver Medina, a born again pastor, which went on like this: a person needs to be born again so he can be considered as having been chosen by God.

For the information of everyone, the AND KNK already undertook a study on this matter, and came up with its own findings. The AND KNK said: in the discussion between Jesus and Nicodemus which has been recorded in John 3 of the Bible, did Jesus really say “born again”?

The question was apparently prompted by AND KNK’s doctrine that it is not a “born again” church, but something else---AND KNK is a church that, according to John 1:12-13, is born “from above” or, more appropriately, born from God. This is the reason why AND KNK members are not called “born again Christians” but “born of God believers”.

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JESUS DID NOT SAY THE WORDS “BORN AGAIN”: What is the basis for this AND KNK doctrine? It is based on several Biblical verses that start with John 3:3, where Jesus is supposed to have instructed Nicodemus how a man could enter the kingdom of heaven.

In the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible (which is basically the Born Again Bible), it is there said that for a man to enter the kingdom of God, he must be `born again’. Unfortunately, however, this translation is clearly a flawed one.

Why is the NIV translation of what Jesus said a flawed one? This is because even the NIV admits that flawed translation, by adding a footnote to the phrase “born again”.

When the NIV version of John 3:3 is read very carefully, that footnote will standout, and when it is read at the bottom of the text, it is there admitted that what Jesus really said was not `born again’, but “born from above”, or “born of God”.

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EVEN IF A MAN IS “BORN AGAIN”, HIS SALVATION IS STILL UNCERTAIN: Which, precisely, is what John 1:12-13 is saying: those who receive and have faith in Jesus become children of God, who are then born from God. It is therefore clear that for man to enter the kingdom of God, he must be born from God, not born again.

This assumes great significance when we consider that man is really sinful (Romans 3:23, Genesis 6:7), so that even if he is “born again” a million times, he will remain a man who is full of sin.

Consequently, it is clear that the NIV and Born Again translations of John 3:3 would be totally misleading, first because `born again’ was not what Jesus meant, and secondly, because being “born again”, according to the other verses of the Bible, would not really mean salvation. What is needed is for a man to be “born of God”, and that is what AND KNK is preaching and trying to convert man to.

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any questionabout what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we havediscussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe,please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, orpost your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I willanswer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!

 




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