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Age That You Accepted Christ

How old were you when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

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I was 45 years old when Jesus saved me.
---Helen_5378 on 12/28/07


"Your initial response implied that you must first have the desire to know Christ then He comes to you."

Ryan, I don't recall saying that we must first have the desire to know Christ THEN He call us to salvation. He calls us first and then its up to us whether or not we want to receive salvation. Paul could've rejected Christ instead of saying "Lord, what will you have me to do?"
---Kay on 1/14/07


"Paul did not have the desire to know Christ when he was seeking to persecute Christians."

Ryan, I never said that he did. Jesus called Paul, convicted him and then when Paul was shown the Truth his heart was changed. He no longer had the desire to persecute Christians.
---Kay on 1/14/07


#1 kay, of course after Paul was knocked to the ground and blinded by Christ, then Paul saught Christ. Your initial response implied that you must first have the desire to know Christ then He comes to you. I am merely pointing out that is not correct. Paul did not have the desire to know Christ when he was seeking to persecute Christians.
---Ryan on 1/14/07


#2 kay, it was not Pauls desire to accept Christ into his heart that brought Christ to him. It was not dependent on Pauls will to be saved that brought salvation to him. It was the will of the Father to show mercy and compassion to Paul that saved Paul's soul. These are the points I am trying to show you. It is not because you will it that you will have salvation; it begins and ends with the Father deciding to show you mercy and compassion that you may know the Son.
---Ryan on 1/14/07




Bruce5656 - Yes I know that Bruce. I was being funny ok. As soon as Jesus got a hold of Paul his desire to kill Christians quickly left.
---Helen_5378 on 1/14/07


"When Paul was on the road to Damascus it was the desire of his heart to kill more Christians. So how does that fit in with your theory?"

Ryan,

After Paul was convicted of his sins and was shown the Truth (Acts 9:4,5), it was then his desire to follow Christ (v 6). Paul literally saw the light (v 3).







---Kay on 1/14/07


Helen,
We are told specificaly that Saul was on the road to Damascus to seek out Christians.

Acts 9:1-2, "And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem."
---BRUCE5656 on 1/13/07


Ryan - LOL. When Jesus got a hold of Paul on the road to Damascus it was no longer his desire to kill Christians.
---Helen_5378 on 1/13/07


I was 49 years of age when I accepted Christ as my Savior and believed in my heart that God rose Him from the dead. Wow! What a difference in my heart. It amazes me how the heart did change so much with Christ.
---Nellah on 1/13/07




kay, I love this comment:

"...no one can receive Christ unless its what they desire from their heart."

When Paul was on the road to Damascus it was the desire of his heart to kill more Christians. So how does that fit in with your theory?
---Ryan on 1/12/07


"Is it proper relationship etiquette for the servant to choose to accept what the master gives him?"

Ryan, yes.
---Kay on 1/12/07


"It shows that it is the Master who imparts and the servant who receives; weather it is what the servant wants to receive or the time the servant wants to recive it."

Ryan, no one can receive Christ unless its what they desire from their heart. And no one will be saved until they are ready to be saved. God never forces us to love Him. Forced love isn't love at all.


---Kay on 1/12/07


i knew there was a God most of my life, but it wasn't till 77 i really started to know the real god, the son jesus christ, and the holy spirit, i was 27 years old
---shirley on 1/12/07


I was 12 years old when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. However it wasn't until I was 25 that I realized that I could have a personal relationship with him. That he is not a distant helper. That he "is a friend that sticks closer than a brother."
---faye4464 on 1/11/07


"You guys crack me up."

Like an egg?
---Kay on 1/11/07


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"You all go to your staple scriptures like John 3:16 but you neglect the scripture that says MANY are called few are chosen"

The scriptures that we have supplied show that God definitely calls EVERYONE. It is your belief that says God desires for some to go to Hell. Thats not biblical, as I have pointed out.

"Does many mean all? No!"

Yes. Many are called because He calls EVERYONE. Few are chosen because not everyone will accept.
---Kay on 1/11/07


"Unless the bible says it I don't believe it."

Ryan, the Bible DOES say it. God wants everyone to get saved. You're taking one scripture to prove your view even though there are more scriptures to prove your view is false.
---Kay on 1/11/07


I don't neglect the scripture reference that many are called but few are chosen. Those that are chosen are those that stayed obedient and in the faith. Those that weren't were those that believed the Gospel but fell from God's grace by not being obedient to Jesus' teaching or by losing their faith. Please read the Parable of the Sower in Matthew and the Vineyard in Luke. Those who will be saved DID make a choice. God did the saving the choice did not. However to get saved the choice still has to be made.
---Matthew on 1/11/07


#1 Kay, let me explain why I like the term receive more than accept. Firstly it is what the bible teaches. Secondly it is what the words denote. All through the bible we are taught the concept of master and servant. The Father is the master and we are servants. Is it proper relationship etiquette for the servant to choose to accept what the master gives him?
---Ryan on 1/11/07


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#2 Kay, This is why the term receive is much more appropriate. It shows that it is the Master who imparts and the servant who receives; weather it is what the servant wants to receive or the time the servant wants to recive it. We do not tell the master what we will accept and when we are ready to accept it.
---Ryan on 1/11/07


#3 Kay, We are to be thankful the master has chosen to bestow mercy and compassion and receive it in a spirit of humility; not demand His mercy and compassion because it is our will to accept it and we have decided we are ready. I hope that clears this up.
---Ryan on 1/11/07


Ryan,
Titus 2:11; For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.
II Pet 3:9; The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Just because you don't know it is in the Bible doesn't mean it isn't.
Why didn't you ask Kay for the Bible reference instead of jumping her like you did?
---Elder on 1/10/07


Ryan, when you have been given a wedding invitation, for example, is it not up to you whether or not to accept the invitation and attend the wedding? Jesus has sent an invitation to the world saying "come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Its up to us whether or not we want to accept Jesus' invitation.
---Kay on 1/10/07


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You guys crack me up. You all go to your staple scriptures like John 3:16 but you neglect the scripture that says MANY are called few are chosen. Does many mean all? No! So not everyone is called. Only MANY are called. The reason there is such a great apostasy today is because of the license man has given himself to handle scripture so liberally. Unless the bible says it I don't believe it.
---Ryan on 1/10/07


"Kay the bible says we RECEIVE Christ. Personally I like to use only biblical terminology."

Ryan, I DID use the term "receive".


"I would be careful not to equate receive with accept."

Look up the word "accept" in a dictionary. It means "RECEIVE or take willingly".
---Kay on 1/10/07


#1 God has given each of us a free will. That is why John 3:15,16 use the term "whosoever believeth", not all believe, not all yield or allow God to save them. God does not wish any to perish - 2 Peter 3:9, but they will if they do not believe. It is an individual choice. In Rev. 3:20, Christ is at the door knocking and "If" any will open the door. We have to invite Him in, we have to open the door. We have to accept the urging of the Holy Spirit.
---Debbie on 1/10/07


#2 2 Cor. 11:4 speaks of not accepting another gospel. They chose to believe the Gospel of Grace. Jesus chose us, we didn't chose Him, but we have to make the choice. We have to accept His Grace, His mercy, His forgiveness. He won't break the door down to our heart. We have to open it.
---Debbie on 1/10/07


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Ryan - God does call everybody, but few answer. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son...". By His foreknowledge God does know who will answer that call and who won't, but it is His will that none should perish but that all should come to repentance and be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Peter 3:9 and 2 Timothy 3:7).
---Helen_5378 on 1/10/07


Ryan you must agree though that a person must make the choice to accept Jesus Christ in order to be saved. I agree that the choice isn't what saves us but the grace of God. However the choice still must be made. I agree that the choice isn't what saves us but unless God is a liar he saves those who choose Jesus Christ as his savior and obey his teachings. No? Isn't this the whole basis of the Gospel. God does the saving but we must accept it. That must be done through a choice.
---Matthew on 1/9/07


Kay the bible says we RECEIVE Christ. Personally I like to use only biblical terminology. Since Christ instructed us to accept each other as He accepts us we can conclude it is Christ who does the accepting. We are told we receive Christ, I would be careful not to equate receive with accept.
---Ryan on 1/9/07


Ryan,

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If ANYONE hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me."-Revelation 3:20

We see here Jesus giving anyone the opportunity to receive Him. But notice that Jesus doesn't open the door Himself. We have to do the opening. He knocks and calls out to us, but its up to us whether or not we want to open the door to receive Him.
---Kay on 1/9/07


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"I was 50 yrs young.That was 8 mos ago." --JIM

Cool! :)
---Kay on 1/9/07


"Kay, show me the scripture that says God calls everyone. Once again you are not building on a foundation of scripture you are suggesting something completely in violation to the word."

Ryan, please don't be so quick to judge me. I already have enough condemnation coming my way from those who are in cults.
---Kay on 1/8/07


Ryan,

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance."-2 Peter 3:9
---Kay on 1/8/07


"..As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways.." Ezekiel 33:11

"For God so loved the WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the WORLD to condemn the WORLD; but that the WORLD through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17
---Kay on 1/8/07


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Around 8 or 9. I remember asking my mom to take me to church to be baptized when I was 11 but it didn't get done till I was 12.
---augusta on 1/8/07


Kay, show me the scripture that says God calls everyone. Once again you are not building on a foundation of scripture you are suggesting something completely in violation to the word. MANY are called... Not, ALL are called. I suggest you get a little better foundation in the word before you make any more humanistic claims.
---Ryan on 1/8/07


I was 50 yrs young.That was 8 mos ago.
---JIM on 1/8/07


Jesus saved me when I was 45 years old. Not that it has any significance, age that is.
---Helen_5378 on 1/8/07


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Ryan, God calls EVERYONE to be saved. It is up to us whether or not we ACCEPT His calling.
---Kay on 1/8/07


#1 "How old were you when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?"

Herein lies one of the most insidious teachings in the charismatic congregations of today. Jesus is not subject to your will, Romans 9:16. Your will to accept Christ has no bearing on weather or not you are saved. You are saved because GOd decided to show you mercy and compassion. If the Father does not call you then you are not allowed to know His Son, John 6:65.
---Ryan on 1/7/07


#2 It is by the will of the Father that you are saved not your will to accept Jesus. This stement is vile and contrary to the sovereign omnipotence of God, and should be discarded and trampled under feet.
---Ryan on 1/7/07


I was 20 years old.
---Kay on 1/7/07


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lee 1. Refer to my posts on http://christianblogs.christianet.com/1152737847.htm#115385859018120
---Tina5349 on 7/25/06


Tina, when lost, your father is the devil, and you love the things of the world. You have emnity against God, Why would you get baptist in order to believe? you have to believe first in order to want to be baptist.
---lee_1 on 7/25/06


Elder- who said that the eunuch did not believe? He was an adult. He had been instructed. He had heard the Word. That did not mean he did not need baptism. In fact, faith-only demonstrates human pride which claims: "I don't have to." Acts 2:38 "Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins".
---Tina5349 on 7/24/06


Tina 5349 - ("The purpose of baptism is for forgiveness of sins"). If you are believing that baptism forgives sins, then you have never had a single sin forgiven. Only the Blood of the Lord Jesus shed on the Cross at Calvary is payment for sin, and only Jesus can forgive sin. If you are trusting in baptism, then you are not saved.
---Helen_5378 on 7/24/06


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Tina, Peter was talking to this man about the Sacrifice of Christ and the way of Salvation.
The eunuch asked about baptism.
Peter asked him what he thought about Jesus the Son of God, who had just been presented to him as the Sin Sacrifice. The man confessed Jesus as the Son of God. He accepted who and what Jesus was/is.
If you will notice Acts 8 you will see that he was reading from Isa 53 and Isaiah was preaching about the Sacrifice of The Son of God.
This man got Saved before baptism.
---Elder on 7/23/06


Alan, you asked, "Do you think anyone would get baptised unless they believed in the saving grace of Christ?"
Tina said, "The purpose of the eunuch's baptism was for the forgiveness of his sins, to baptize him into Christ's death, to bury him with Christ, to raise him with Christ, to clothe him in Christ, and to have his heart circumcised by Christ as scripture clearly teaches us."
Tina5349 on 7/23/06
So, yes, I believe there are many that are confused.
---Elder on 7/23/06


Alan, everyone has faith. They exercise it everytime they sit in a chair without checking it out to see if it will hold them or not. But that faith is not Saving faith.
A person who has faith in Baptism does not have Saving Faith no matter how you cut it.
If the water Saves then the Blood was not needed.
---Elder on 7/23/06


I was 16 years old.
---Cana on 7/23/06


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Elder ... you read only the eleven words of my blog, but did not consider what I might really mean.
Do you think anyone would get baptised unless they believed in the saving grace of Christ? That is the faith I was talking about.
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/23/06


Elder,
The purpose of the eunuch's baptism was for the forgiveness of his sins, to baptize him into Christ's death, to bury him with Christ, to raise him with Christ, to clothe him in Christ, and to have his heart circumcised by Christ as scripture clearly teaches us.
---Tina5349 on 7/23/06


I was raised RCC, went to RCC schools, wanted to become a nun...knew much about Jesus and the bible, but did not know Him personally as Lord and savior until 24. Never knew before that I could have a personal relationship with Jesus, thought I would be saved because I tried to do what is right etc etc. Thought I loved God then, but once I truly met Him was given a new heart/love for God and others.
---christina on 7/23/06


Alan, faith in baptism is not saving faith. It is a faith of works. Works do not save.
Tina, the proper understanding of the verse you quoted is about being baptized because of Salvation not to get it.
Read about Philip and the Eunuch in Acts 8:29-38. Peter told him he could be baptized if he believed first. The Eunuch was believing the testimony of Christ as he had just received it.
---Elder on 7/22/06


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Alan, said: "If you believe that baptism saves you, you surely have faith?

Rx: YES!
---Tina5349 on 7/22/06


Helen, that's not what the text says. It does not say baptism is symbolic. When you say that, you are adding to the text, and by adding to it, you are taking away from what it is saying. Stick to what the text says. The purpose of baptism is for forgiveness of sins. Now take a look at Romans 6:3-4. According to the text, what were we baptized into when we were baptized? What other verbs are used in conjunction with Baptism?
---Tina5349 on 7/22/06


Tina 5349 - A person gets saved by faith. Baptism is something that a person does. Baptism does not save anyone -- if it did then Jesus would not have had to die on the Cross for the sin of the world. Baptism is merely an outward show of what one already believes and is symbolic of the believer's death, burial and resurrection with the Lord Jesus Christ.
---Helen_5378 on 7/22/06


If you believe that baptism saves you, you surely have faith?
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/22/06


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Oh yeah! One more question, Helen. Why is it okay (in your opinion) to demand faith for salvation, but not baptism? Thank you for your reply.
---Tina5349 on 7/22/06


Hi Helen,

You said, "Baptism does not save anyone."

St. Peter says "Baptism now saves you."

Rx: So you *do* disagree with St. Peter then? I've been anticipating your answer to my questions. I'll re-post just one here. In Acts 2:38 Peter says "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." According to the text, what is the purpose of this baptism?
---Tina5349 on 7/22/06


I was 49, homeless, crazy and living in a ministry. I woke up one morning and my now exhusband had taken our son in the middle of the night and disappeared. My heart was broken, my mind was shattered. After only three months in the ministry, my heart was taken by Jesus Christ. The minister told me to "listen." I did.
---Nellah on 7/22/06


Tina 5349 - Once again on this blog you say that you received your salvation at your baptism. That is totally erroneous. Only faith in Jesus and His finished work on the Cross saves anyone. Baptism does not save anyone.
---Helen_5378 on 7/22/06


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Emcee,

I rejoice with you.
"Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us."

Thanks be to God!
---Tina5349 on 7/21/06


John T, what you say is true. However, salvation culminates with Jesus' death on the cross for us sinners.

"The Lord Jesus comes to fix our passions to His cross and to forgive our sins. In His death we have been justified, so that the whole world might be made clean by His blood" (St. Ambrose).
---Tina5349 on 7/21/06


Baptised as an Infant brought up in a catholic home & started to partake of My Lord & saviour at age 7 & have never stopped.
---Emcee on 7/21/06


I was 19, when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour
---bethie on 7/21/06


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I was 18 years old when I repented and got baptized. I didn't have faith in the Bible before this. I asked God in a prayer to give me faith, started to read the Gospel and believed. It was amazing. Praise God.
---Elena on 7/21/06


Tina:
Actually, we have to go back further than that. Scripture tells us that we are "elect from before the foundation of the earth."

Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (KJV)
---John_T on 7/21/06


The question begins with the wrong person-- *you*. We begin with Jesus. Jesus saved us 2000 years ago when He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell, rose again on the third day, and ascended into heaven. Salvation from sin, death, and the devil was given to me personally on March 8, 1964 at my baptism.
---Tina5349 on 7/21/06


I was baptized as an infant, grew up in a Christian home and joined the church when I was 11. There was no event, it was a continual experience.
---Phil_the_Elder on 7/21/06


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I was 19 but it was to be another 10 years of more before I really started to behave like a Christian.
---F.F. on 7/21/06


Can't remember the specific age but I was young enough to think that my school teacher might be excited for me when I told her the next day. I could not believe that not only did she not care, but she had no idea what I was talking about!
---Bruce5656 on 7/21/06


12 when I accepted. 30 when I submitted.
---josef on 7/21/06


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