Now if you ask me what I am I just say Christian... not 'Born Again', because that's another chink and that's how the separation starts.
I read this quote a while back, and it just amazed me. The person who said it has a Catholic/Anglican background, leans toward becoming a Methodist, and is an avowed ecumenist, by which I'm not surprised. The "chink" spoken of is referring to doctrinal differences that supposedly divide Christians. Though the term "born again" has been used indiscriminately by various celebrities, politicians, and televangelists for as long as I can remember, and probably longer, it is a term taken directly from Scripture, used by Jesus Himself, before the term "Christian" was ever used. In fact, "Christian" was a derogatory name at its beginning. So to discard the use of "born again" and use the word "Christian" to avoid causing division is quite illogical, in my opinion, not to mention anti-Scriptural. Not that I won't call myself a Christian; rather, I won't avoid using the term "born again" when the situation warrants.
I'm a peace-lover. I dislike confrontation. I shy away from controversy. However, I won't back down from a biblical position or terminology just because someone thinks it causes division. So call me "born again" because I am. The Bible says so - even most of the other versions that are available use the term "born again." I know, because I checked it out to see if maybe this person was just using a modern translation and thought it wasn't biblical because their Bible didn't use it. Almost all of them use the terminology somewhere within their pages.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:7
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. I Peter 1:23