Really? Born again?
For some denominations/churches (such as Lutheran) you take a series of classes; when you finish the classes you become a church member in good standing. Was there any conversion? Repenting and accepting of Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior? NO!
For others denominations/churches (such as Amish, Old Order, German Baptist) you confirm that you will obey the laws of the Elders as to how you will live in all the areas of your life; then you are baptized into the church and become a full member in good standing. Was there any conversion? Repenting and accepting of Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior? NO!
In the Catholic Church, salvation depends on doing the seven sacraments and doing a whole lot of things not in the Bible, commandments of some Pope whose commandments supersede and add to the Bible. Was there any conversion? Repenting and accepting of Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior? NO!
I write this because salvation in what gets you into Heaven. If some how, we miss that point, then something is wrong and we might not get there. There are a whole lot of church members in good standing; but yet not saved.
In a large city in Tennessee, a friend of mine went to the largest church in town and talked to the pastor. He was lead to the pastorís big office room with a large impressive desk. On the wall hung the many diplomas. (This church was one of the above types.) He led the pastor to the Lord. The pastor knelt on the floor crying and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. The next Sunday morning, this pastor told his church what happened to him. He lost half his church that day.
I have met many born-again Christians who used to belong to the above churches. Their own testimony is that they were not saved in their churches. They read their Bible or someone talked to them and then they got saved out-side of their church teachings.
Salvation is very clear in the Bible. We must make sure we have it right according to the Bible and not according to men. There is only one way to heaven.....happy are those who find it. The narrow path!