The following is an excerpt from Conversion: A Series of Sermons by B. F. Manire.
“The Master taught the inquiring Nicodemus that admission into God’s kingdom was by the new birth. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… 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.” (John 3:3-5.) Human wisdom would never have chosen a birth of water and of the Spirit as the entrance requirements. This is forcefully evidenced by the total deviation that present day denominationalism practices toward the new birth. Denominationalism neither understands nor practices this new birth. Men like Billy Graham will talk of the new birth in one moment, deny the reality of a present kingdom in the next breath, and finally predicate salvation upon faith only, which is not the new birth at all. He counsels people to be born again but has no kingdom for them to enter when the birth is finalized! Graham understands neither the kingdom nor the new birth. And yet some of our brethren consider him a gospel preacher!"
In the order of printing, the first verse of the Bible is Genesis 1:1; but in the order of history and spiritual development it is Genesis 12:1:
We would like to share some worth-while quotes from various authors to make you pause and consider different aspects of what God's Word teaches.