Rededication Is Not Found in the New Testament

“Rededicating your life to Christ” is a concept in Christian culture having no foundation in the New Testament. Those who teach this as a decision made by Christians who have fallen away from the practices of Christianity are simply wrong. One of the most often-used Scriptures utilized to support ‘rededication’ is Galatians 6:1 as Paul encourages the Galatians to restore sinful believers. “Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too.” However, in context, “What is the Apostle really saying?” This verse is sort of a pause between 5:13-21 and 5:22-26, and the instructions that Paul gives concerning the break from the Mosaic Law and the Law of Christ.

Rededication is popular among amny Christians who were saved at a young age may come to realize that their understanding of what it means to follow Jesus has not been realized. Upon discovering a desire for a more profound understanding of the Gospel they wish to “rededicate” themselves to Christ. But the question is why do something that has become a tradition that has no foundation in the Word of God?

Do we not understand that falling away and returning to God is not a biblical concept, either? Referring to Romans 1:1-2 we find that spiritual maturity is a life-long process that is a narrow pathway. Jesus said we must deny personal deires, take up our cross daily in order to follow Him. Paul writes that the only way to obtain the goal of Christ is to participate in the race in order to obtain the prize, and the Inspired writer of Hebrews also illustrates life in Christ as a race involving endurance. 

Preachers and teachers instruct people to rededicate after every sin, but this becomes a repetitive and nonproductive exercise in futility. But habitual sin is not a problem faced by a Believer nor is this solved by an act of an unscriptural tradition.

There are but two kinds of people in our world, lost and saved; those who are not following Christ and those who are Followers of the Christ. There is no gray area that calls for sinful Christians in need of rededication for if there were a gray area of uncertainty lost folks would occupy the same hopelessness, too. 

Becoming and being a Believer is more difficult than we have determined it to be. Jesus told one young man that he must sell all that he owned, give the proceeds to the poor before he could be His Disciple. The Savior also said, “not everyone who calls me ‘Lord’ will enter into my Kingdom.” One of His Disciples even asked, “Where are you going and how can we know the way?” Jesus answered like this, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father but by me.” Tragically, you and I have observed incredibly vast crowds of people walking in darkness because they have chosen deceptive paths that lead to Hell.

There is no sign pointing to a path we call ‘rededication’ for this does not exist in the Word of God. This is one of those things Paul describes in Colossians 2:6-15, “Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and firm in your faith just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty, deceitful philosophy that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him all the fullness of deity lives in bodily form,  and you have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. In him you also were circumcised—not, however, with a circumcision performed by human hands, but by the removal of the fleshly body, that is, through the circumcision done by Christ. Having been buried with him in baptism, you also have been raised with him through your faith in the power of God who raised him from the dead. And even though you were dead in your transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he nevertheless made you alive with him, having forgiven all your transgressions. He has destroyed what was against us, a certificate of indebtedness expressed in decrees opposed to us. He has taken it away by nailing it to the cross. Disarming the rulers and authorities, he has made a public disgrace of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” 

What else is there to say except, Jesus is Lord!!

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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