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Jenni18

Did the born again Christians from the 1700's use the word born again to describe themselves?

When did the word "born again Christian" come into play. I don't want to hear the scripture about being born again. I am specifically asking about the title "born again Christian." I understand that they all believe that once you are saved, you are sealed in for salvation and can't lose it. If Jeffrey Dahmer got saved and then went on to commit his acts of murder would he go to Heaven? Please read each question and specifically answer them. I want only want direct answers. I will not debate or add comments.

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I think the "born again" thingy being tacked onto Christian came about in the late 70's or early 80's. It's a redundant phrase, since you must be born again to be a true Christian in the Biblical sense. Anyone born again can't be unborn, so once a child of God, always a child of God. If God truly is your father you can't just disobey God at will and get away with it.

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Jenni18
I agree that you can't get away with doing what you want and getting a reward. God will disown you. They don't like to be pinned down on when the movement started. They say since the first century. That is why I had to ask this specific question. Yours is the first straight answer I got.
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Jenni18
I actually think being born again means something totally different then the way it is construed.
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I don't believe God ever disowns one of God's own children, God will chastise for disobedience, even to the point of taking this life away from one of God's wayward children.
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But if you don't live up to his expectations are you really a child of his? Why isn't the one who never made a commitment different than the one who did but backed out? If I reached out to you and became your friend and then treated you badly and stabbed you in the back would you quit the friendship? You would probably think me worse than someone who never even wanted to be your friend in the first place. If you respond to this, I promise to not respond back because I said in my question I wouldn't debate. I intend on honoring that.
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God doesn't have "expectations" as such, since God already knows what we'll do; I think you're missing the meaning of what actually happens when you're truly "born again". You become a child of God and God is not a slack father and he doesn't disown children.
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Jenni18
Could you be more specific?
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the freewill baptists believe that once you are saved you can do whatever but other religions believe that when you are saved that you should sin no more
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Jenni18
They all don't believe that do they? Don't some have different beliefs? Are you born again or just know about them? Just asking, not debating.
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i am athiest and yes some have different beliefs
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According to The Phrase Finder the term became popular in the 1960's to refere to those who renewed their faith based on John 3:3. The first that specifically mentions 'born again Christians' is the Decatur Evening Herald (Illinois), December 1928: "I knew I had the new desires that a born-again Christian acquires."
So, no, it wasnt used in the 1700's but the concept itself is biblical.
Jeffrey Dahmer and his ilk belong to satan. Its very rare someone like that has enough change of heart and soul to truely become a Christian. The key concept being 'CHANGE'. if he actually has that much if a change in heart and soul he wouldnt commit such heinous crimes. Anyone who claims to be 'christian' yet commits crimes like that is most likely not actuall a christ follower. Anyone can SAY they are a christ follower but it has to be something that happened in their heart. When a person truely has a personal relationship with christ/God or are 'born again' (a term not used that much anymore except by the uber religious and uber traditional) they do not have the desire to commit heinous and brutal crimes.

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That is a straight answer. I don't even need to add a further comment. I like straight answers. thank you very much.
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