Category Archives: Conversion

John Stott: “Our parentage is either divine or diabolical.”

Commenting on 1 John 3:10 (“By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not … Continue reading

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Millard Erickson on the instantaneous nature and abiding effects of the new birth

Further, it appears that the new birth is itself instantaneous. Nothing in the descriptions of the new birth suggests that it is a process rather than a single action. It is nowhere characterized as incomplete. Scripture speaks of believers as … Continue reading

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Charles Spurgeon on how he came to see that “God was at the bottom of it all” as it regards his conversion

When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seking me. I do not think the young convert is at first … Continue reading

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Wells on the complexity of conversion and the danger of eliciting “decisions” without soul-travail

A significant part of the evangelical world encourages us to think of a simple, all-embracing, momentary crisis as the standard form of conversion. But conversion, our turning to God, is better understood if we view it as a complex process. … Continue reading

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David Wells comparing the conversions of the Apostle Paul and that of children

Paul and children, Wells claims, are both in the pattern of what he calls “insider conversion”. He explains why: Paul’s conversion fell into this pattern [of insider conversion] because of what he already knew: his profound knowledge of the Old … Continue reading

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Spurgeon on his first encounters with the Scriptures after being converted

Before my conversion, I was accustomed to read the Scriptures to admire their grandeur, to feel the charm of their history, and wonder at the majesty of their language; but I altogether missed the Lord’s intent therein. But when the Spirit came … Continue reading

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