True and False Conversion
by Pastor Steve Brown
Master of Divinity, Asbury Seminary
One of the major problems that have caused the organized church to become so corrupt is that many of the people claiming to have gotten saved never have truly been born again. I call these false conversions. These can be found in the both evangelical and non-evangelical churches. The non-evangelical churches do not use terms such as “saved”, “converted”, “born-again” or "received Christ" or "committed my life to Christ" as the evangelicals do. They are usually high churches that believe that babies and people are saved when they are baptized in water. Their faith is confirmed in confirmation classes where they study church doctrine. Types of Churches that believe that water baptism saves people are the Roman Catholic, some Lutheran churches, Greek Orthodox, some Methodists, and even some Southern Christian churches. Of course those who understand the scriptures realize that baptism in water alone, does not save anyone. The Bible teaches us in John 3 and Mark 1 and Acts 2 that a person must hear the Good News about Jesus Chris, feel convicted of their sin, then chose to repent of sin and call upon the Lord Jesus in faith to save them and give them the new birth. Baptism is the physical act a new believer does to confirm and seal the salvation he has experienced. Most evangelicals realize that high-church members have never been born again because they are not taught the need.
True & False Conversions Pt 2
The great truth that most evangelicals do not realize is that most of the so called conversions that are happening in the present evangelical churches are false conversions. They may use such terminology as “I’m saved" or "I got converted" or "I received Christ," but still have never really experienced the new birth. The scary thing is many even have a so-called testimony and some even have a type of spiritual experience, but still they have never truly been born again where the Holy Spirit comes in to dwell and give the person a new heart and divine nature.
How is this possible? There are many reasons. But two of the greatest reasons are as follows: the Gospel of Christ has been so perverted and over simplified, the terms have lost their true meaning; and the true salvation experience is being substituted by false salvation experiences. Another reason is that the true holy fruits of true Christians and understanding the process of being saved has virtually been lost and rejected. Hence most no longer understand in depth how a person gets saved. There is an all time, low standard of behavior in churches. Most no longer realize what a true Christian looks like and behaves like because there are very few true born again Christians left in churches. The mature ones are driven out and the baby Christians are few and far between.