Below an example of how the terms ‘Christian’ and ‘Born-Again‘ are misunderstood and misinterpreted.
On Wikipedia we read how David Wilkerson’s converts, Nicky Cruz and Israel Narvaez are assumed to have become born-again Christians. But then we read that Narvaez reverted and committed murder – Alarm!! This is NOT possible! Either he did not commit murder and he is a Christian, or he did and thus, consciously or unawares, he wasn’t baptized into the Church at all. Why? For, like Jesus tells us: we are born again, not of corruptible seed, but of ‘incorruptible’ seed! And committing murder obviously is ‘corrupt’!
Therefore, if Narvaez, at the time of his baptism was a lukewarm believer and thus could not receive the baptism, after he returned to Christianity, he should have regained faith properly, repent properly and then undergo the baptism ritual once again: and if he was sincere he would this time receive the baptism and, praying for the holy ghost, he would receive it also.
As you understand from the Gospel, there is but one baptism (shedding of your sins, thus making us holy and suitable to receive the holy ghost): you can only ‘be baptized’ once; but indeed, you can undergo the baptism ritual more than once. This second ritual was Narvaez’s ONLY second chance!
My heart is burning now: has he done it? Has Isreal Narvaez repented and baptized properly after his failed baptism? If not, he yet should.
Nicky Cruz and Israel Narvaez became born-again Christians in July 1958, after hearing David Wilkerson preach. However, Narvaez became disillusioned with Christianity and eventually rejoined the Mau Maus. He became their leader again and on February 23, 1959, Narvaez, along with Carl Cintron, Carlos Reyes, and Melvin Torres, shot and killed Anthony Lavonchino, a member of the Sand Street Angels, one of the Mau Maus’ enemies.
Narvaez later returned to his Christian faith as chronicled in his autobiography, Second Chance.
MAT 26: 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
(Cliff: Jesus tells you that to remember that he was nailed to the cross and stabbed for what he has brought us: Faith, Repentance and Baptism = Salvation: the result of a successful Baptism ritual)
ROM 3: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
HEB 9: 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
LUK 1: 77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
(Cliff: this knowledge is only received after a successful baptism ritual whereby the believer indeed, has all sins shed, thus becoming a Christian and incorruptible.
HEB 10: 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
HEB 10: 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
After Baptism no remission for subsequent sins (would sinning be possible after baptism)
HEB 10: 26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
HEB 10: 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Conclusion: if one did undergo the baptism ritual but, due to a lack of solid faith, and one did not receive the baptism, then one can undergo the baptism ritual again, and even as often as you like, for this is just the ritual. But, once the baptism ‘has’ been ‘received’ and your sins are truly shed, making you a newborn, holy creature of incorruptible seed (unable to revert), you now are ready to receive the Holy Ghost: there is no other way, says God.