Biblical basis is the way in which a practice or belief is derived from Scripture.

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What is the Biblical basis for 'term eldership'?

Some churches who appoint elders do so for a term (3 years is typical from what I have seen). Other churches ordain elders for life. Is there a Biblical basis for ordaining elders for a term?
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Should women give sermons?

"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let ...
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Biblical support for why something is a sin?

I have heard, seen, and been in religious debates in the past where one of the participants eventually falls back on a line something akin to "it's a sin because the Bible says not to do it" or "it's ...
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Is the threat of exposing sin a disqualifying event for a pastor?

Given the qualifications for an overseer in 1 Timothy 3:1-2 and Titus 1:7, would a pastor threatening to expose the sins of another pastor's family member unless he choose a course of action be a ...
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What is the biblical basis for elder disqualification?

The Bible speaks to the qualifications of overseers and deacons, and also mentions that they are to be held to a higher standard than the rest of the congregation. What Biblical basis exists, then, ...
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What is the biblical basis for baptism by immersion?

There are two modes of water baptism of which I am familiar--immersion and sprinkling. As far as I know Catholics practice sprinkling along with many Protestant traditions, although many other ...
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What biblical and historical support is there for the practice of child communion.

About seven years ago my wife and I (who are childless) left our old church and set out to find the best church we could in the area. We ended up in a church that practices paedo (child) communion. ...
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Can a Christian have clinical depression?

God can grant an amazing peace of mind to a person. Many Christians have been totally calm and prayed for their persecutors while being tortured and killed -- like Stephen, the first martyr. But do ...
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What is the nature of eternal security?

@JonEricson made a statement in this answer that is fascinating to me: In other words, we aren't secure in our salvation because of the nature of salvation, but because of the nature of Jesus. ...
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Does Christianity give a reason for life experiences, such as in Hinduism?

In Hinduism, there is a concept of past life karma. Meaning if someone is born into an unfortunate situation (in a slum, for example) it is because they are paying for sin from a past life. Does ...
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Are High School Pride Pep Rallies anti-Christian? [closed]

In America, High Schools have pep rallies for sport events usually labeld "X's Pride Pep Rally!"(X = the High School name) During the ceremony the sports players are built up by the other students in ...
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What is the basis for Theonomy?

From Wikipedia, Theonomy, from theos (god) and nomos (law), is the state of being governed by God or in accord with divine law. It's also essentially the view that all types of government ...
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How should a Christian feel inside? [closed]

What does the Bible say about how a Christian should feel inside? Should it be: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be ...
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How should a Christian put a decision in God's hands if there is no logical answer?

Lets say a Christian is in a position where he must make a hard decision (assume it has to either be a yes or no by a deadline) and each one has it's negatives (more negatives than positives) how ...
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How should we think about Jesus' mother being Jewish and his father being the Holy Spirit?

Science says it is impossible for a woman to conceive a child without the sperm of a man. I have seen Christians just gloss over this, romanticize about it, make it fairy tale or flat out deny it. ...
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What is the basis for Systematic Expository Preaching?

Related: What is the basis for Topical Preaching? Expository preaching is, in short, preaching through the Bible or a complete portion of the Bible and expounding upon the topics and applications ...
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What is the basis for Topical Preaching?

Related: What is the basis for Systematic Expository Preaching? Topical preaching is rather self-explanatory - the preacher picks a topic, then finds bible passages or verses related to or ...
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In light of Mark 10, how can Christians in good conscience purchase luxury items?

In Mark 10:25, Jesus states... It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:25 NIV) After hearing his Disciples ...
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Does believing in Christ activate God's word or just make us think and act different?

I am confused about what it really means to activate God's power in my life, which I heard my pastor say. “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice ...
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Is there any Biblical argument against using “cuss words”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the Bible say about “bad” words? In modern Christianity, we tend to hold a certain set of (approximately) four letter words as taboo words. In ...
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Are Christians socialists because they are commanded to share their wealth?

Someone told me that wealthy Mormons are supposed to give their money to poor ones. Is that true? What is the biblical basis for this? Do they really do that? Is it mandated by certain denominations ...
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How are devout Christians viewed by other believers, when they are not delivered from “evil”?

If a devout Christian is not "delivered" in this life, how are they viewed by other Christians? For example, a black Christian pastor in segregated America, who truly loves the Lord, is killed by ...
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Will we experience heaven (or hell) with our consciousness?

In Christianity, is heaven something we will comprehend with the consciousness we have now? Will we be the same consciousness, brain and memories of this world, or is it just the energy of our soul ...
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Why are fathers missing in Mark 10:30?

Mark 10:29 mentions father, but Mark 10:30 doesn't. Mat 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my ...
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Bible evidence in favour of creationism?

I need this sort of information to talk about creationism with an agnostic friend of mine. I know about the passages in Genesis, naturally, but I heard there are some more in the book of Job, ...
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Supernatural beings in the Bible?

The Bible mentions a number of supernatural beings, starting with the most commonly known ones - God, angels, spirits, but there are also ones that appear less often, like witches (Witch of Endor), or ...
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If one divorces is it considered adultery to marry again no matter what the circumstances were for this decision?

Jesus teaching on marriage said: Matthew 19:9 (NKJV) 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her ...
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Do all Christian views need to have a Biblical basis?

Do all Christian views need to have a Biblical basis? Stated another way: Is there room for understanding God and/or His will that does not come from the Bible? Perhaps through revelations from God ...
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Is the age of the earth in the Bible?

Early scientists thought that the age of the earth is proven by the genealogical tables in the book of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. Other than this observation, is there any reference to the direct ...
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What is the Biblical basis that God's sacrifice is sufficient for all of our sins (past included)?

I spoke to a friend recently and they said: I feel like I've done so much in my past, and that is holding me back from having a relationship with God. How can I know that God will accept me, even ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the special mediatorial position of the Pope, Cardinals, etc in the Catholic church?

Following-up a previous question, what Biblical basis does the Catholic church claim for the special role of Priests, Cardinals, and Popes in the structure of the church?
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What is the Biblical basis for Total Depravity?

Calvin, among his other points starts with the point that we are totally depraved and sinful from birth. What is the Biblical basis for this point?
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What is the doctrinal or Scriptural basis for a central Church authority

As explained in a previous question, one Baptist Distinctive is the rejection of a central Church authority (whether an individual or a governing body). Instead, we hold fast to the autonomy of the ...
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Honor and solidarity

Ideally, one would both be able to be honorable (i.e. to do the right thing especially with regard to others) and be in solidarity with relatives and friends (i.e. to support them, especially when ...
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How do we get morals?

The Bible often makes references to the law being written on our hearts, for example: The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice. The law of his God is ...
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Career as a Means of Worship

I've tried to phrase this question several ways now, and none of them are really to my liking. I will just ask it clumsily and provide more details as they are asked of me. Does God ever call people ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that life begins at conception? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the biblical basis for the claim that abortion is immoral? Related to some recent questions, what is the Biblical basis for believing that life begins at ...
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Does the Bible say it is sinful for a woman (mother) to work outside of the home?

Does the Bible say it is sinful for a woman (mother) to work outside of the home? Does 1 Timothy 5:8 mean that only the husband is to provide for the family? Anyone who does not provide for their ...
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Is having a moment of silence for someone anti-Christian?

In our school, in one of my periods, one of my teachers told us the important things late Steve Jobs has done for the world and encouraged us to have a moment of silence for him for about 10 seconds. ...
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What is the Catholic stance on Embryo Screening?

Embryo Screening is the process of fertilizing multiple eggs, checking their DNA makeup, and then screening out the eggs that do not meet the requirements. These requirements can be anything from ...
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Why do there appear to be two very different variations of “tongues” in the New Testament?

The first variety seemed to be without need for interpretation because all those who heard it heard their own language being spoken. Acts 2:8 (NKJV): And how is it that we hear, each in our own ...
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How does intercession of saints and Exodus 20:3 not clash? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Praying to people outside the Trinity There are several denominations and traditions that believe in the doctrine of intercession of the saints. Exodus 20:3 (NIV) ...
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Who is “Lucifer” in Isaiah 14?

In almost every case I've heard Isaiah 14:12-15 quoted or preached about, I'm told that these are the words of Satan in his rebellion against God. Isaiah 14:12-15 (KJV): 12How art thou fallen ...
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Once a believer, always a believer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Once saved always saved. Is eternal security Biblical? Recently, I had a conversation with a (new) friend that started off with him telling me how he had been a devout ...
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Reason for the choice of new 12th Apostle?

In Acts 1:20 to 23, the Apostles are choosing the 12th Apostle who will replace Judas. 20 Peter continued, “This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, ‘Let his home become desolate, ...
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What Biblical basis do “separation traditions” have to support their beliefs?

There are a variety of Christian traditions that involve some level of separation from the world - monasticism, the Mennonites, Amish, Shakers, Quakers, etc. We are told in the New Testament to be ...
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What is the difference between “infallible” and “inerrant”?

As with many others I know, I believe in both the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible. What is the difference between these two important terms? If something has no errors (inerrant), then must ...
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Is there any Biblical basis for “Do Least Harm” or “Do Greatest Good”?

At one point in The Reason For God, Timothy Keller talks about how to pick which action to choose in a tough dilemma. He gave the example of a man having borrowed tools from another guy...and said guy ...
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What is the Biblical basis for “righteous anger”?

What would be defined as "righteous anger"? Ephesians 4:26 (ESV) says: 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, So, is all anger justifiable if you don't sin? Or are ...