The term Christian is a very broad term. Most of the Western world was at one stage called Christian. Yet Christians were at war with one another in many parts of the world. Catholics and Protestants killed one another in the name of their God and justified themselves. British soldiers and Boer soldiers prayed to the same God before shooting one another. Something is wrong with our definition of a Christian. The Biblical definition means that someone believes in, trusts in and lives the same way as Christ and in fact is acting as a small Christ in their community. Christ said: I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me.
The Bible also states that when we are in Christ we are new creatures. Our core has undergone a supernatural change. We are born-again by the Holy Spirit. Our sin-nature has been put to death in Christ. All our hope is in Christ only.
Rehabilitation is generally seen as the restoration of something or someone. It includes words like treatment, vindication, restoration, renewal, reclamation etc. We do not believe in rehabilitation as an effective and sustainable way to overcome addiction. We cannot simply believe that changing our habits will break the power of sin.
Whatever form of behaviour modification we are trying through whichever model of psychology, it cannot do what Christ did. We cannot take a 12 step program that originated with the AA and Carl Jung, an ungodly demoniacal inspired psychiatrist, and believe we have changed. There is no similarity between Christ and Carl Jung. Jung hated Jesus! Check the facts out on our posts about the man. So there is no way that we apply psychiatric of psychological principles at House Regeneration.
We have seen greater results in the biblical principle of Regeneration. The term regeneration comes from a Greek word meaning “rebirth” or “new genesis.” The term signifies the renewal of the fallen creation through the redemptive work of Christ that results in a new thing, untainted, uncorrupted and first-hand.
Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:3 (NASB95)
- 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
And a little bit later on Jesus goes on to say:
John 3:36 (NASB95)
- 36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Jesus is taking a very strong stance on this matter and the consequence for this is a hard reality. This is what love is all about, being truthful and correcting behaviour that will lead to death!
It is important to understand that before the new birth happens to us, we are spiritually dead; we are morally selfish and rebellious; and we are legally guilty before God’s law and under his wrath. When Jesus tells us that we must be born again, he is telling us that our present condition is hopelessly unresponsive, corrupt, and guilty.
The other difficult thing to understand about regeneration it that is not something that we do but its something that is done to us. This is both difficult to understand but at the same time is the best news we could ever receive. It is not our doing but Gods. He is the one that does this supernatural act. And He does it in response to our obedience regarding repentance. Repentance simply means that I chose to obey what God says about my life instead of the world’s opinion.
We are not happy with the fact that anyone should carry the label “Once an addict, always and addict.” Sure it is true, that if you have opened doors in your life that you never should have, it is a good idea to stay far away from them, this is only common sense. But we do believe that once a person is completely regenerated they are new creatures. The difficulty is submitting the mind to be subject to the Spirit but that is where sound teaching and practice comes in. Once you are a new creation in Christ you have victory over your old nature, it’s just a matter of learning how to rely on this new disciplined spirit inside of you.
We want our students to experience a complete and holistic change that is the result of Gods working in us