He also doesn’t care for the term, ‘born-again’.
An Indiana megachurch pastor says he is annoyed at the word “saved,” especially when used among Christians to describe someone that has made a commitment to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives.
In one of his recent blog posts, Granger Community Church’s executive pastor, Tim Stevens, asked readers, “Does the Word ‘Saved’ Bother Anyone Else?” Stevens told The Christian Post that he also has a problem with the phrase “born again.” “I have similar hesitations with ‘born again’ probably because it’s also an insider term,” Stevens said….“I’ve recently noticed that I’m becoming more annoyed by the word ‘saved’ than ever before. (more at CPost)
I don’t know about you but born-again is the only terminology which comes close to what happened to me on November 2nd in 1980. That morning I was truly saved from a horrible life of sin and wonderfully BORN-AGAIN!
Sadly this pastor cannot understand the significance (and power) of those terms because he apparently has never experienced them personally…
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” – John 3:1-7)
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” – 1st Timothy 1:15
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” – 1st Peter 1:23
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16
“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:38