A Brief Rebuttal of the Heretical Idea that Christ was Born-Again

Only Sinners Need to Be/Can Be Born Again

Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.

-Hebrews 5:8

False teacher Bill Johnson and many others in the Word of Faith movement believe, teach, and confess that Christ was the first Man to be born again. This is both blasphemous and stupid, and I will show why in this short essay. The text that they use to support their heretical claims is Acts 13:32-33, where we read:

“And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this He has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus,[1] as also it is written in the second Psalm,

‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’”

Johnson attempts to tie Paul’s quotation of Psalm 2:7 to Christ’s resurrection in order to say that Paul is here referencing Christ’s “second birth.” Besides the major theological error of saying that Christ, the sinless One from Heaven who alone has seen Heaven, had to be born again (something which is only necessary for those who are not sinless and who cannot otherwise see the kingdom of Heaven), the problem with Johnson’s twisting of this passage is that Paul differentiates between two types of passages of Scripture,[2] viz. the one which speaks of the Sonship of Christ mentioned in vv. 22-23,[3] and two which speak of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.[4] One doesn’t have to read anything into the text to see this very clearly, seeing as Paul explains his reason for quoting from Isaiah 55:3 and Psalm 16:10 when he says: “…as for the fact that He raised Him from the dead, no more to see corruption, He has thus spoken in this way…[5]

And we can go just a step further. You see, for Johnson it is upon the basis of Christ’s resurrection that God says “Today I have begotten You.” Bill is interpreting “begetting” to mean “begetting from the dead.” The problem is that such a begetting from the dead would involve God declaring Christ to be His Son after the resurrection, which we know from Hebrews 5:8 is impossible, seeing as the Holy Spirit says that Christ “was a Son” who learned obedience by what He suffered – prior to His resurrection. Bill needs to repent of his blasphemy. Christ could  not be born again, nor had He any need to be born again. Anyone who says otherwise is either ignorant of the truth (and in that case should NOT be masquerading in public as a teacher and prophet and pastor) or is trying to sell you a bill of goods in order to take money from you. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked.

-h.


[1] Note that Paul’s argument here is similar to what we find in Hebrews 1:1-2, where the apostle begins his epistle by emphasizing that God has spoken to our fathers, but has now finally spoken to us by Christ Jesus, His Son.

[2] Cf. Acts 13:34-35

[3] Cf. Ps 2:7

[4] Cf. Isa 55:3 & Ps 16:10

[5] Cf. Acts 13:34-35

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