The Doctrine of Regeneration – Paul Washer

Deep South Founders Conference

Session 1 – Thursday Evening Service – January 12, 2012

Paul Washer

The Doctrine of Regeneration

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15

Man is a sinner by nature with no idea how utterly wicked and evil they are. Men do not only do evil things, they are evil.

In order for men to be saved, there are two problems to be dealt with:

1) Justification – imputed righteousness before God

2) Regeneration – a new nature

The old nature has evil intentions which come from an evil heart. The unconverted person is sensual, carnal. The Christian however is a new creature that desires to do things that are pleasing to God.

The unconverted religious person tries to shun the wicked things he loves and embrace the righteous things he hates.

The doctrine of regeneration is what makes James 2:14-18 make sense. Works are not the basis for justification. And it is not that we say we have faith and then work to show proof. The fact is that regeneration naturally produces good works as a fruit.

Compare 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 with verse 9. How do you know that the gospel came with full power and with the Holy Spirit? Because they turned to God and away from their idols. So-called Christianity today calls the person to Jesus while letting people retain their idols.

 


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  1. “How do you know that the gospel came with full power and with the Holy Spirit? Because they turned to God and away from their idols. So-called Christianity today calls the person to Jesus while letting people retain their idols.” – Amen! The Gospel we hear today is distorted- come to Jesus but do not forsake your sins. We must get back to proclaiming the Gospel as it is written, adding nothing to it nor taking nothing from it.
    Most speak of Christ dying, then they tell sinners to make a decision, or choose Jesus, invite Him into their hearts; the Gospel does not call for us to follow its presentation with a method to complete the process, we are robbing God the Spirit of what is HIS work to do, and that is bring the sinner under conviction and to repentance upon hearing the Gospel of Christ crucified and resurrected, and the sinner’s hopeless condition before a Holy God apart from believing in Christ.

    The power to save is in the preaching of the biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ and leaving the results up to the One who has all power to either save or cast into hell.

    Good post Farah, Paul Washer is a blessing.

    P.S. I have a couple of book recommendations for you from Dr. James Boice, the first book is ‘Whatever happened to the Gospel of Grace? Rediscovering the doctrines that shook the world’, the second is ‘The doctrines of grace, rediscovering the evangelical gospel’.

    Lyn

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    LYN,

    Thank you.

    My husband and a friend, along with their teen sons, were able to attend the conference and hear Paul Washer . Hopefully, Washer was able to help provoke the young men to consider their ways and seek the Lord. I’ve got a few more sermons to post when time allows.

    Thank you for the book recommendations. I’ll check into them.

    Berean Wife

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  2. I am a true believer,for 27 years i really believed that i was saved but i had little desiire to read GOD’S WORD THE BIBLE but GOD ALONR SAVED ME FEBRUARY OF 2011 GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT raise me from the dead GOD ALONE GAVE ME THE TRUE FAITH AND REPENTANCE TO SURRENDER ALL TO JESUS CHRIST AS MY LORD AND SAVIOR. NOW I TRULY UNDERSTAND THE TRUE GOSPEL THE BOOK BY JOHN MACARTHUR THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS IS A GREAT BOOK BUT GOD’S WORD THE BIBLE IS GOD SPEAKING TO ME HIS CHILD. I WILL SERVE AND PRAISE MY LORD UNTIL I TAKE MY LAST BREARHE ON THIS WICKED EARTH I LONG TO BE WITH MY LORD THERE ARE SO FEW BELIEVERS I DON’T KNOW ANY PERSONALLY I KNOW MANY WHO PROFESS TO BE BUT THEY NEVER SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH LOST PEOPLE THEY DON’T LOVE GOD OR POOR PEOPLE. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND I AM SOLD OUT FOR CHRIST. BUT MY HUSBAND STILL WANTS TO HAVE IDOLS SUCH AS FOOTBALL SIN IS SIN WHE DEVIL WILL PUT MANY IDOLS IN FRONT OF US WE MUST DENY SELF TAKE UP A CROSS DAILY AND FOLLOW CHRIST I HAVE SURRENDERED TO THE CALL.I THINK PAUL WASHER UNDERSTANDS THE TRUE GOSPEL WE CAN’T FIND A CHURCH WHO WILL GO TO THE LOST WORLD AND SHARE THE GOSPEL AND HELP POOR PEOPLE MOST PEOPLE WANT COMFORT BUT I WILL STRIVE TO ENTER THE NARROW GATE EVEN IF I STAND ALONE .PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND.

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Paula,

    I’m glad you have been truly saved. Seek to learn from God’s Word and clear up everything you thought you knew before but may have been taught wrong. Be Berean (Acts 17:11) Check everything according to the Bible.

    Give your husband grace and mercy. Until the Lord calls to him he honestly may be unable to see the sin in his life, just as you didn’t see the problem until the Lord saved you. Just continue to pray for your husband and live your life as an example before him without nagging.

    1 Cor 2:14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    Berean Wife

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  3. praise God for you.your response was exactly what i believe the LORD wanted me to hear. please pray for me i am a nag about God. i want to please my Master King JESUS but i don’t have tolerance for others lack of commitment i have patience for sinners who know they are lost but people who profess Christ and still want to live for the flesh my heart aches for my Lord because they are not glorifying Christ.please pray for me and my husband Ricky i question his commitment to THE LORD JESUS CHRIST please pray that he would surrender i just want to live a HOLY OBEDIENT life GLORIFYING CHRIST IN ALL THINGS.we have visited some of the churches within driving distance sometimes we drive for 1 and a half hours trying to find some true believers who going and making disciples in their everyday life.berean wife i am praying for you and your family that you all become true believers when Christ calls you to repentance and surrender.may THE LORD JESUS CHRIST BE GLORIFIED IN EVERYTHING THAT WE DO.

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Paula,

    Sometimes once we see the truth we can easily come across heavy handed and lacking in Grace. But we must remember it is the Lord who will open peoples eyes not us. That doesn’t mean we cannot teach and show them the way but we must do so with grace and mercy remembering that we were once such as they. I can understand being frustrated with those who claim Christ and yet live as the world. They may either be not truly saved (we should pity them because they think they are right), babes in Christ feeding only on milk (even if saved for 30 years), or they maybe living rebellious lives. We cannot determine that for others. Often people have been in such unsound churches that they truly don’t know what the Bible says nor anything about living a Christian life.

    You may have to visit around for a while until you find a sound church. Many newer more Biblical churches won’t be found by your typical means. Some meet in shopping centers, at homes, or in small old church buildings. The online resources are a good beginning for your search. We drive almost an hour to our church. But a good church is worth the drive.

    Berean Wife

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  4. DEAR BEREAN wife my husband and i will be driving for about 2 hours to a church that is on the ones you recommended.I have been praying for you and your family i am not used to getting help from others i am used to being a servant to others. please pray for my son who is 33 years old who is a lost youth pastor his wife is also lost i have a 2 year old granddaughter who going to be brought up in a worldly home please pray for all of them. i have many sleepless nights and shed many tears for the lost people in this world i know that JESUS CHRIST alone saves people by HIS GRACE BUT I PLEAd with GOD TO PLEASE HAVE MERCY I KNOW THAT HE IS A JUST JUDGE AND EACH WILL GET WHAT HE DESERVES PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AS I GO OUT TO THE STREETS AND SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH THE LOST PEOPLE THEY ARE EVERYWHERE.YOU SEEM TO HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF THE BIBLE BUT ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TRUE BELIEVERS I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR TESTIMONY.

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Paula,

    I hope you find a good church tomorrow. That is a long drive. Hopefully they can recommend a church closer to where you live.

    The Lord can change even the most lost “youth pastor” when He decides to. Several sound pastors I know were once youth pastors. They can quickly come to see the methods and the “said a little prayer” ideology doesn’t work. Nothing like looking at the youth group and realizing you have better hopes for your own child. I pray the Lord will open your son’s eyes.

    My testimony is on the website Berean Wife’s Testimony.

    Berean Wife

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