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Twenty former Nuns share the verses

from Scripture that transformed them
into Born-Again Christians

We are born again through the power of the Holy Spirit. For this to happen
we need to know and understand the Word of God. The Gospel is simple,
but none of the twenty former nuns whom we discuss in this leaflet
actually knew what it was! They had never heard it, even after decades of
instruction in Christian doctrine. Once they heard and understood the
Gospel as the Bible gives it, and not man they gave their hearts to
Christ and were born again:

Jesus answered and said unto him, Truly, truly, I say unto you, Except
a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

In their published testimonies
they mentioned several important verses
from Scripture that transformed their understanding of the Gospel. We list a
number of them here, with short comments to explain why the women
found them so significant.

For years, whether as nuns or as Catholics, they had foolishly been trying to
earn their salvation by good works. Nearly all of them cited the eye-opening
effect of the following verse:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.
(Ephesians 2:8-9)

Most of them also cited one or more of the following to illustrate how they
finally came to understand the truly destructive nature of sin. No man, by
his good works, can undo the damage it has caused. All our righteous deeds
are but filthy rags in the sight of God:

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10)

we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteous deeds
are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)

The Truth Set Us Free: Twenty Former Nuns Tell their Stories, by
Richard Bennett and Mary Hertel (editors), WindPress Publishing, 1997.

Every one of them declared that they only came to understand the Gospel
when they realized that Christ alone, through his sacrifice on the cross, had
atoned for their sins.

But surely they knew that already? No, they didnt!

Until then they had believed they were saved by the combined efficacy of
the blood of Christ and their own good works. They now saw that the sinner
must repent and acknowledge that there is nothing he can do to add to what
Christ did for him on the cross. He made one perfect sacrifice for all, a
sacrifice that could never be repeated or re-enacted in any way. They drew
particular attention to the following passage:

we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ
once for all.

And every priest stands ministering daily and offering
repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this
man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the
right hand of God

For by one offering he has perfected forever those
who are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:10-14)

Several of them cited the last words of Christ on the cross:

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished:
and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30)

It is finished! The Greek term is Tetelestai, meaning 'Paid in Full.' It was
used commercially by traders in the time of Christ to declare officially that a
debt had been completely repaid.

All of our sin debt past, present and future was paid in full by Christ on
the cross:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(John 3:16)

To believe that we can assist in some way in our salvation or that we are
able, by our good works, to add anything to what Christ did for us on the
cross, is to reject the glorious gift of salvation.

When man thinks he can add anything to what Christ did for him on the
cross, he remains in his fallen state, proud and defiant. The once-and-for-all
sacrifice that Christ offered on our behalf was perfect. To treat it as anything
less is to reject it. God sent His Son to do for us what we could not do for
ourselves, and he did it perfectly.

We are saved, not by our good works, but only through our faith in what
Christ did for us on the cross:

to him who does not work but believes on him who justifies the
ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness (Romans 4:5)

This is the true Gospel! To be born again means to recognize and accept this
wonderful news.

The former nuns said they were shocked to discover that there was no other
mediator between man and God. They had spent years praying to Mary and
various canonised saints in the vain belief that this manmade practice was
pleasing to God:

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5)

After they were born again they gave up this mistaken practice and directed
all of their prayers through the only mediator that our heavenly Father
recognizes His wonderful Son, Christ Jesus:

Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man comes to the Father but through me. (John 14:6)

They now knew that salvation is assured for all who have come to Christ:

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes in
him who sent me has everlasting life, and shall not come into
condemnation, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24)

Shortly after they were born again, the former nuns were baptized in Christ
(in accordance with Scripture) and have spent their lives ever since
proclaiming the true Gospel.

Dear reader, if you have not already done so, please accept the free gift of
salvation that Christ offers to all who believe in him.

If you are unsure, pray to God in the name of His wonderful Son, Christ
Jesus, and ask Him for the strength and understanding you require.

Christ is risen bodily and will return again shortly in great glory to reign on
earth eternally as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


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