Hi Dominic. It's good to hear from you. Your report was both educational and informative.
I would add that our character comes from what is in us, whether the flesh (our sinful nature) which produces bad fruit, or the Spirit, that produces good fruit (See Gal 5.19-23). A good tree brings forth good fruit, but a bad tree cannot bring forth good fruit (See Mt 7.17-18). This is why Christ says a man must be born again (Jn 3.3 & 7). The Apostle Paul mirrors wrote that what matters most is a new creature (See Gal 6.15-16) and "I have begotten you through the gospel (1 Cor 4.15)." Being born again produces Christ like character (The fruit of the Spirit).
But people are not being born again because the gospel is not being preached in person with our mouths as it ought to be (Eph 6.19-20). The so-called church has replaced the gospel with their 'plan of salvation' that requires us to lead another to Christ through 'prayer of salvation' (Please see THE SINNER'S PRAYER on www.preach-the-gospel.org for a verse by verse explanation of it )! Christ commands us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15) not present the 'plan of salvation' that can only be preached from a pulpit.
Good character comes from Christ within us. He comes into anothers heart the instant they believe on Him after we tell them the good news. This is why we must - "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15)." and teach them that believe to do the same (Mt 28.20).
God bless you,
Harry & Wipha
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