|Visit of Nicodemus to Christ by American
artist, John La Farge, 1835-1919
Of the various heretical sects that have prowled the earth in these latter times in defiance of the One True Church, perhaps the most adamant and hypocritical has been the "Born-Again Christian" movement, a Protestant sect which perverts Christ's teaching that "a man must be born again" to be saved. (John 3:3)
In the Gospel, Jesus tells Nicodemus, "Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." (John 3:5) This verse of scripture refers specifically to the sacrament of baptism in the Catholic Church. Jesus says we must be born again through baptism if we want to be saved. Note that the application of water is indispensable, without which there is no being born again.
The born-again sect detracts from baptism and the institutionalized Church. Its objective is to prevent man from being reborn into Christ, that is, to prevent his baptism into the Catholic Church. Accordingly, it instigates rebellion against the vows made at baptism that we remain allegiant to the Church of Rome.
Hence the born-again movement is not Christian, nor is it based on scripture, but is part of a network of latter-day false prophets that has been set up to attack the Catholic Church. Though it comprises some members that operate with charity, the movement itself is based on the demonic teaching of Martin Luther that Jesus died on the cross so that we can sin freely without the fear of eternal punishment. Consider Luther's own words:
"Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly... No sin will separate us from the Christ, even though we commit fornication and murder a thousand times a day." (From Luther’s letter to Philip Melanchthon, August 1, 1521, LW Vol. 48, pp. 281-282)
It's good to point out that Luther, the founder and main force of the Protestant Reformation, was a secret society initiate who spent his life blaspheming Christ and His Church. He rejected six books of the Bible, abetted the murder of 70,000 peasants during the German-Peasant War of 1524-25 (Erlangen Edition of Luther’s Works, Vol. 24), and even blasphemed the person of Christ by saying, "Christ committed adultery first of all with the woman at the well… Secondly with Mary Magdalene, and thirdly with the woman taken in adultery." (Luther’s Works, American Edition, Volume 54, p. 154, Concordia Publishing House)
Moreover, Luther was in direct league with Lucifer. His famous colloquy with the devil in 1522 is very telling, which is documented in Abraham Woodhead's superlative book The Spirit of Martin Luther (1687). Therein is discussed Luther's "negotiations" and "conferences" with the devil. In his de Missa Privata & Sacerdotum Unctione (1533), Luther wrote of his "long experience" with Satan's "arts and practices" and of "many a sad and bitter night" spent in talks with him.
His colloquy on the Mass is particularly significant, since this is what turned Luther against the Mass, after which he would never say Mass again. On that occasion, the devil in a "grave and strong voice" persuaded Luther that he had committed "idolatry" for fifteen years by adoring, and causing others to adore "naked bread and wine."
These same conversations with Satan are what gave birth to Luther's doctrine on justification, which comprises the heart of the born-again movement. Through this infernal colloquy, the devil convinced Luther that we must accept our sinful lives as they are, and he instilled in him a false security about the sins we commit, so that what ensued was this crackpot idea that Christ's Sacrifice automatically guarantees salvation to all who believe, regardless of their unrepentant sins.
And this tells the whole story of the born-again cult. According to the mainline advocates of this movement, there is no sin that can condemn you, and no good that can save you. You could even hate Christ, curse the Father, steal, cheat, and murder to your heart's content, and be saved, as long as you believe that Christ saved you. Did the Bible not warn of "doctrines of devils" that would surface in the last times? (1 Timothy 4:1)
As with Luther, born-again fanatics insist that the use of our free will to please God is vain, which contradicts scripture. The first and greatest commandment is that we love the Lord with our entire mind, heart, soul, and strength—a love that is only realized through the keeping of the commandments. But the born-agains say, "No, you don't need to love God, Jesus already paid the price." In place of baptism, they prescribe that we simply accept Jesus as our "Personal Savior" and "know" we are saved.
This is most hypocritical, since born-again zealots viciously attack that personal devotion which distinguishes Catholics from all other groupings on earth. To them, kneeling affectionately before an image of Jesus is an abomination. Their approach to Jesus is very impersonal. They don't want to see his face, they don't want to hear his voice, they don't want to speak to him, obey him, adore him, i.e. they don't want him around. They just want to believe they are saved through his Sacrifice.
This perverted notion of justification comes from Luther, which explains why the born-again sect is so bent on attacking the Catholic Church. It is purely Protestant, encompassing all the major *Protestant denominations of today, i.e. Lutheran, Baptist, Evangelical, Pentecostal, etc. Accordingly, it deceptively uses scripture to try to substantiate Luther's error. The following is perhaps their most quoted verse in the attempt to advance Protestant doctrine:
"By the works of the law no flesh shall be justified before him... For we account a man to be justified by faith, without the works of the law" (Romans 3: 20,28)
The law mentioned has nothing to do with the Law of Christ and the performance of good works, but refers specifically to the Old Mosaic Law where they practiced circumcision and offered animals in sacrifice, and observed certain feast days, etc. Christ came to do away with these former works so that we are no longer under the Old Jewish Law, but under the Law of Christ. And this is what the scripture is saying, that we are not justified by being Jew, but are justified by being Christian, plain and simple.
Fallen-away Catholics that have been lured into the web of false religion need to understand that Christ is the founder and head of the Roman Catholic Church, outside of which He does not abide. He who rejects the Church rejects Christ, and as such, cannot be saved. Empty lip-service and protestations avail us nothing. As Jesus said, "Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6: 46)
In the face of impending wrath that now hangs over the world, apostates need to return to the fold while there is time. The Blessed Virgin at Fatima in 1917 warned that various nations would be annhiliated if her requests for prayer and penance were not heeded, and now, in the 100th anniversary of her visit to Fatima, we see the fulfillment of her prophecy nearing. This is no time to listen to false prophets who go about "alluring unstable souls" (2 Peter 2:14), "Promising them liberty, whereas they themselves are slaves of corruption." (2 Peter 2:19)
This rather is the time to make amends. St. Paul exhorts the faithful of God to work out their salvation "with fear and trembling" (Phil. 2:12), remembering that "the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:27)
Needless to say, Heaven is gained by merit. Christ's mercy and grace is given only to the humble who keep his commandments. "For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified." (Romans 2:13)
*It should be pointed out that the founding fathers of America, many of whom are dubbed "Protestant," were actually opposed to Luther's ideas and were not "Reformationalist" Christians. They preached the Ten Commandments, the need for good works, and the eternal punishment that is incurred for not doing good. That is to say, they were good and outstanding people, just as there are good non-Catholic people today. Several of the early fathers were Catholic friendly, and in fact some of them, including George Washington, converted to Catholicism. http://catholicism.org/george-washington-died-a-catholic.html