Anyone who says that they do not need to be saved while claiming, “I have been a Christian all of my life,” is making two very criticial errors:
1. They are contradicting God’s word.
2. They are decieving themselves.
Contradicting God’s Word: Were You Born SAVED?
It is impossible that anyone has actually been a Christian all of their lives. While we know that a child is born INNOCENT, the fact remains that every child is concieved in sin and born with a sin nature.
King David makes it clear that we are conceived in sin and that sin is in our very nature, saying, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalm 51:5)
As children, we have a sin nature. But we are in a state of innocence by virtue of the fact that we have no understanding of God’s Law. As Paul wrote, “Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.” (Romans 4:15)
This state of innocence remains until we reach what some call the age of accountability. What this means is that we are born in sin but innocent of breaking God’s law until we reach the level of mental and spiritual maturity that we understand God’s Law.
Once a child is conscious of God’s Law and of their own sin nature, then that child has become responsible for their lost condition. The fact of man’s sin nature is revealed to each person as he or she becomes aware of their own acts of sin and an inherehnt tendency toward those acts of sin. EVERY child who reaches such an “age” or mature level of understanding MUST be born again.
Self-Deception: Believing Lies
Sadly, many people are taught lies by their very own preacher (priest), teachers and favorite Bible commentators. These lies would seem to negate the necessity of the new birth.
For example, the idea that sprinkling water on a baby who is completely unconcious of God’s law, sin or the Gospel somehow places that child into a covenant with God is a Satanic lie, sending millions to Hell without a genuine faith in Jesus Christ. Such a soul-damning false teaching is the result of reading things OTHER THAN the Bible and making the word of God of no effect by superceding it with the philosophies of men.
Others say, “Well, I’ve just always believed.” Believed what?
You couldn’t have believed anything as an infant or toddler. You are lying to yourself, if you think you have just “always believed”. There had to come a point when God dealt with you about your sin nature and your need of following Jesus Christ by being born again, as He taught in John 3:3-7.
When did you begin to believe what God’s word says about you? When did you become conscious of your sin nature and that you had been violating God’s laws (like lying, disobeying your parents, covetousness, etc.) even as an infant and toddler? When did you repent and turn to God in faith, trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross as full payment for your sin and in the resurrection of Jesus Christ as God’s guarantee of His victory over sin and death?
The Apostle Paul agrees that we must be born again, saying that we, “were by nature the children of wrath.” (Ephesians 2:3) This is why Jesus said, “Ye must be born again.” (John 3:7) In our natural state, we are born in sin. We need a supernatural birth so that we can be born again, born of God’s Spirit.
When did you ever face these facts and deal with God, one on one?
If your priest, pastor, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, best friend, etc., are telling you not to worry about all of this because you were born into a good Christian home, were sprinkled as an infant, have always been in church, etc., IGNORE THEM.
God’s word is your authority. And on that authority, you can see that you have NOT always “just believed”. And if you go on in such vague and superficial terms with God, you are risking eternal damnation. We urge you to throw off tradition and trust in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone for your eternal salvation.