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Stay In Children’s Church, Don’t sneak Off To Adult Church - by A.B.King

   Once upon a time in a lovely Christian home, Peggy’s Mother said goodbye to her kids and to her husband as she got ready to get on a plane to travel abroad for a 3 week business course. She bent down and told her youngest child, Peggy; not to do what she knew she would want to do. Mum told Peggy to go to children’s church and not adult church.   Mum was the only one in the family that always made absolutely sure that whenever they go to church Peggy goes to children’s church and doesn’t sneak off to adult church.Mum knew that Peggy preferred to be at adult church because it made her feel more grown up even though she was only 8 years old.   Peggy promised her Mum that she would not go to adult church. And then her Mum kissed her, said goodbye to everyone else one more time, and then she turned around to walk to the plane.When Sunday came, Peggy disobeyed her Mum. After her Dad dropped her off at children’s church, Peggy waited a little while after which she sneaked off to adult church.When she got to adult church, she hears the Pastor say that if you are not born again you would not see the kingdom of God.   Peggy got scared. She wanted to see the kingdom of God but she knew that she had not entered into her Mum’s tummy and come out a second time.   Peggy got really really really scared. She was going to hell for not entering her Mum’s tummy a second time.   The more Peggy taught about it when she got home, the more it made her cry.   Peggy wiped her tears and after her eyes where clear she went to her elder sisters and elder brothers to ask them questions about births that are unusual.   Her elder brothers and sister where shocked as to why an 8 year old girl would be asking them such questions. So they asked her why is she asking them the questions.   Peggy knew that she had overheard them being called born again Christians before. Therefore, she believed that they had entered into Mum’s womb and come out a second time. In fact the whole house was full of people who were born again. Peggy felt too ashamed to tell them that she wasn’t born again. She taught that they believed that she had already entered into Mum’s tummy and come out a second time too.   So Peggy said, “Nothing.” She was couldn’t tell them the real reason why she asked them the questions. And she couldn’t press them any further to get any answers now.Peggy began to look around the house to see if she can find any book about someone who entered into their mother’s tummy a second time and then came out.She searched all day but she couldn’t find any such book.   That night, Peggy had nightmares of her burning in hell all through the night, but she is afraid to wake up her Dad or her brothers and sisters to tell them that she hadn’t entered into Mum’s tummy a second time. She was scared that they would all be disappointed that all along she hadn’t entered into Mum’s tummy and come out again a second time.   Peggy endured all the pain and fears from the nightmares. She held her teddy bear close to her as she cried in bed all night. She cried softly, trying really hard to make sure that no one in the house could hear her.   The next day, during morning prayers. When Peggy gathered with her family to pray, Peggy felt like such a hypocrite so much so that when it was her turn to pray she just broke. She just started crying & begging God that she is sorry that she has not yet entered into her Mum’s tummy and come out a second time.   The whole thing shocked her Dad, her brothers and sisters. That was when they knew that something was seriously wrong.   One of Peggy’s brothers rushed to her to hold her and calm her down as she cried violently while praying.   When they finally got Peggy to calm down, her Dad asked her why she would feel that she has to enter into Mum’s womb a second time and come out a second time.   Peggy was shocked that her Dad would ask a thing like that. Didn’t he already know about being born again? Hadn’t he entered into his own mother’s tummy and come out a second time?Peggy told them that they must not have been listening at adult church. She told them that she’s sorry that she sneaked into adult church but she heard the Pastor in the adult church say that you must be born again or else you won’t see the kingdom of God.   Peggy drew back the snort in her nose as she paused to wipe her eyes. Then she said, “I’m not born again. I haven’t entered into Mum’s tummy a second time. I guess she kept it from you guys so you won’t be disappointed in me.”   Dad breathed in the deep breathe that his worrying had been holding.   Her Dad began to explain to her that being born again doesn’t mean that you enter into Mum’s womb a second time and come out a second time.   He told her that the first birth is when you are born of your mother which Jesus refers to as being born of the flesh.   And the second birth doesn’t mean being born by your mother again after entering back into her womb. The second birth means being born of God’s Spirit. It is when you receive Jesus into your life and also receive the Holy Spirit into your life. Jesus called that being born of the Spirit.You are already born again, Peggy’s Dad told her. But you also need to be baptized by immersion now that you are old enough to know what baptism means. You would be taught what baptism means in Baptism Class after that you would be Baptized. I would make sure I sign you up for Baptism Class in children’s church this coming Sunday.   Peggy’s Dad led Peggy to say a prayer of thanks to thank God that she is born again in other to cancel whatever had been established by her opening her mouth to say that she wasn’t born again.   After she finished the prayer, her Dad said; “You know, all of this would never have happened if you had been a good girl and stayed in children’s church like you promised your Mum you would.”
The End.

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