The much-used revival evangelist, George Whitefield, two centuries ago preached frequently from the text, 'Ye must be born again'.
One day someone said to him, “Mr. Whitefield, why do you preach so often about the new birth?”
His immediate reply was, “Because ye must be born again.”
John 3:3 (ICB): Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth. Unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s kingdom.”
“I believe that a great number of people are going to die and go to hell because they're counting on their religiosity in the church instead of their relationship with Jesus to get them to heaven. They give lip service to repentance and faith, but they've never been born again.”- Adrian Rogers.
“To be born again is, as it were, to enter upon a new existence, to have a new mind, a new heart, new views, new principles, new tastes, new affections, new likings, new dislikings, new fears, new joys, new sorrows, new love to things once hated, new hatred to things once loved, new thoughts of God, and ourselves, and the world, and the life to come, and salvation.” - J.C. Ryle.