Dr. C. S. Lovett’s
MARANATHA FAMILY NEWSLETTER
HAVE YOU REALLY BEEN BORN AGAIN?
A brother in Colorado has spent the past 12 years in a prison ministry and is experienced in bringing people to the assurance of salvation. It was his complaint that everywhere he looked, believers seemed to be without assurance.
This man was writing in response to a former article. He appreciated that I had taken the trouble to set forth the MECHANICS of the new birth. He said, “Many Christians don’t have any idea what happens to them when they open their hearts to Christ. They are left with only the vaguest concept of their relationship to God.” When our sonship is allowed to remain a mystery, it is obvious the devil has little trouble sowing doubts.
BEING BORN OF THE SPIRIT
Every Christian who opens his heart to Jesus should be able to shout Fanny Crosby’s words:
“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heirs of salvation, purchase of God, born of His Spirit, washed in His blood!”
In my article, I focused on the idea of being BORN OF THE SPIRIT and drew a parallel between physical birth and spiritual birth. Just as a woman becomes pregnant and carries a child within her womb, so do we Christians become “pregnant” by the Spirit of God and carry a NEW CREATION in our souls. Of course, the physical process merely PICTURES what happens in the Spirit. We do NOT become physically pregnant with the life of God.
The instant we open our hearts to Jesus, the “SEED OF GOD” comes into our souls and a SPIRITUAL EMBRYO (the new creation) is formed in us (1st John 5:1). “Christ is FORMED in you” (Galatians 4:19).
I like the way Dr. J. Vernon McGee, the noted Bible teacher put it, “Christ is formed in the believer as a baby is formed in the womb. Nothing short of this is a born-again experience!”
When Christians do not realize a genuine conception takes place in their souls, Satan easily robs them of the assurance of sonship. But when they understand a NEW CREATION has been started in them, one which God will never abort or destroy; their assurance becomes impenetrable.
There is no way for a person to KNOW his sins are forgiven UNLESS THEY REALLY ARE! And there is no way to be forgiven UNLESS HE RECEIVES CHRIST! The bottom line of Christianity is this: “He who HAS the Son has the life; he who does NOT the Son of God, does NOT HAVE THE LIFE” (1st John 5:12 NASB). It is back to the HAVES and HAVE NOTS. A person either has the life of God or he does not. It is like pregnancy; you are either pregnant or you are not.
Thus we have thousands pressing to be Christians without any assurance of salvation because they are not born again or are not sure. Some are SERVING THE LORD for all they’re worth. Masses of them attend church regularly.
The Lord also told us that MANY will say to Him in that day…“Lord, Lord, have we not PROPHESIED in Thy name? And in Thy name CAST OUT DEVILS? And in Thy name done many WONDERFUL WORKS?” (including miracles, surely). And what is the Lord’s reply to them…“I NEVER KNEW YOU; DEPART FROM ME” (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV). We have reached that time in history when we are surrounded by the “MANY” of whom the Lord spoke.
WHAT SHALL WE DO?
I am convinced many of these tares, a weed resembling wheat (Matt. 13:24-30), are simply deceived. Yet if we could reach them with the information they need (as Priscilla and Aquilla reached Apollos), thousands could be salvaged for Jesus. How many Satan is stringing along through ignorance is anyone’s guess. But it must be a multitude. Therefore, I felt it was important to present the SPIRITUAL MECHANICS of the new birth. When God’s program for producing sons is present as a LITERAL PROCESS, many deceived ones MAY see where they missed the boat.
If we can get them to realize they have overlooked the most basic step, I feel some will ask Jesus into their hearts and commit their lives to Him. But until the confusion is removed, Satan will keep them in the darkness of deception.
In that regard, I have a letter from a pastor who has been preaching the Gospel for 25 years. Here is the shocker: He confesses he has only recently come to know Jesus in a personal way. “Believe it or not, I wasn’t saved until a year ago. You wouldn’t think such a thing possible, but it is—I’M PROOF OF IT!”
Imagine a shepherd of the flock, a TARE FOR 25 YEARS! How many must THINK they are saved because they believe in God or embrace the Bible or have had a deeply religious experience—yet have never received Christ in a personal transaction! Yet if a deceived pastor can be rescued, so can others. And one of the most effective ways to do this is to lay before them the MECHANICS of the new birth. That way they can see what is missing. Then if they mean business, they will want His life and nature (2 Peter 1:4).
WHERE I FEEL THE CONFUSION LIES
It is often quoted: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved!” (Acts 16:31 KJV). Unfortunately, those words, originally spoken in Greek, do not mean the same in English. A wife, for example, when she is not sure when her husband will be home will say, “I believe he’ll be home around five.” The word “believe” can express DOUBT in modern usage. Whenever used, it must also be explained. That is where the confusion enters.
At Satan’s instigation, a lot of people believe things ABOUT Christ and think they are saved because of it. They sincerely embrace such doctrines as Jesus’ virgin birth, His atoning death, and resurrection, His ascension and glorious return, and CONSIDER THEMSELVES SAVED. But doctrines do not save; they have no “life” in them. Eternal life is in a PERSON—Jesus. To have that life, one must receive Him. There is a big difference between believing a doctrine and receiving a person, the same difference between religion and a relationship.
SEE WHY I WRITE AS I DO?
Once a man receives the Lord, he should be quickly taught the MECHANICS OF SONSHIP in Christ. He needs to see HOW he is begotten of the Spirit, as Fanny Crosby wrote. When he beholds what God has done IN HIM, a BLESSED ASSURANCE arises inside that Satan cannot touch.
Listen to what the BORN-AGAIN truth did for this Christian lady:
“Dear Dr. Lovett, This letter is long overdue. I have come to know Jesus through reading your books, but the greatest gift you have given me is an understanding of my salvation and how the new birth occurs. Everything has fallen into place. Now I know for sure I’m saved. Before, when people would ask if I were born again, I’d hesitate, not sure how to explain it. That left me with doubts. I was constantly wondering if I had to ask Jesus into my heart again and again. Now that’s settled. I’m so glad you listened to the Holy Spirit. My heart agrees that it’s time to bring this truth OUT INTO THE OPEN. When I think of all the years I spent wondering ‘Did it take? Did it take?’ I thank God for your ministry.” (Mrs. E. P.—CA)
Of the thousands God has given us to serve, some are bound to be TARES. We will try to reach as many hearts as possible. Now that you have read this article and are aware of Satan’s power to deceive people into thinking they are saved when they are not, you can understand why so many do not have…
THAT BLESSED ASSURANCE!
C. S. Lovett
Copyright © 2021 Personal Christianity. All rights reserved.
EASY TO UNDERSTAND: “I recently purchased your book DEALING WITH THE DEVIL. After reading it I was amazed at how Satan moves among us and controls our thought life, and we don’t even notice him. I’ve never been taught how to fight him, but your book makes it easy to understand how. So being a minister, I want to tell everyone about how to fight Satan and to recognize him when he attacks. Thank you for writing this book, and God bless you as you work for Him.” (M.H.-FL)
MADE AWARE: “A couple in our church gave me the book DEALING WITH THE DEVIL. I was taught about the devil, even memorized Scriptures concerning him, but never thought of him as a real person. I thoroughly enjoyed your book and it made me definitely aware of the devil. I am more watchful of his presence. I can stop my thoughts or a word I may say that I know is from Satan. I want to thank you for this book. Christians are dumb when it comes to the wiles of the devil. They need to be taught that Satan is alive.” (J.S.-KY).
SO PRACTICAL: “The best thing about your books is their practicality. The Lord has endowed you with a gift for getting to the bottom line of an issue without a lot of fluff. I feel I’m having a conversation with someone who really knows the questions I have and answers them without mincing words. Your ministry has been so valuable to me, thank you.” (J.W.-PA)
WITNESSING MADE EASY (2019 edition) helps motivate you to get out of your comfort zone in small easy steps such as leaving a Gospel tract in a locked restroom and then progresses gradually to handing a tract to someone with easy dialog suggestions. It also includes ideas for using your computer as a witnessing tool as well. Discover the thrill of sharing the Gospel with others in non-threatening ways. It is available for purchase on Amazon.com for $14.99 HERE.
DEALING WITH THE DEVIL has been updated and revised (2018 edition) for today’s readers. Are you tired of having Satan put dreadful things into your mind? Does he ever make you worry or get upset? Have you noticed his stepped-up activity in your life? Dr. Lovett’s best-selling book is available on Amazon.com and sells for $14.99 HERE.
THE PREPARED LIFE book is a valuable resource for you and your family that can help you be prepared to deal with today’s problems and end-times events. This book is available on Amazon.com and sells for $13.99 and is also available in Kindle form for $7.99 HERE.
You can also check with your bookstore to see if they can order these books for you.
Be sure to tell them that they are “print-on-demand” books on Amazon.com.
Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/95-2273247 for all your purchases (including books) and Amazon at no extra cost to you. donates to Personal Christianity.
If you would like to send us a letter, comment, or prayer request, you may contact us at:
Personal Christianity, PO Box 918, Middleton, ID 83644
“Preparing for His Appearing” Since 1951