When being asked, “Are you born again?” Catholics should humbly respond: “Yes, I am. I was born again the moment I received the sacrament of baptism.”
It is public’s common misunderstanding that being Catholic and being Born Again are two separate and different identities. Yet, they failed to recognize the fact that Catholics are the true Born Again Christians. Why?
The Born Again man-made sects use John 3:3 to prove their stand that one must be born again in order to be saved. Fortunately, the Catholic Church has no question on that matter. It is indeed true that in order to be saved, one must be born again. But how? Read John 3:3-5:
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Oops. That is so clear. In order to be Born Again is not to be a member of a quasi-Christian Born Again man-made sect but to be BORN OF WATER AND OF SPIRIT, that is TO BE BAPTIZED. But why baptism?
In 1 Peter 3:21, it reads: “And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also — not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
See? It is because, according to Peter, “baptism now saves you.” However, others may still doubtful as to why baptism can save. In Acts 2:41, it says: “Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day — about 3,000 in all.” Literally, baptism saves because those who received it become members of the Church. So?
Well, Acts 20:28 states: “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
What was purchased by the blood of Christ? It was the CHURCH. That is why the Lord prayed that all should be members of the one Church He founded. He said, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16).
See? Just ONE FOLD AND ONE SHEPHERD. And what is that one fold with one shepherd? It is the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church led by the Lord’s appointed shepherd, Peter. In John 21:17, Jesus said to Peter the third time: “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”
Thus, being a true born again is not about getting away from the Church but becoming part of her instead.
“Listen and understand.” —Matthew 10:15