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Do Christians Regard Speaking in Tongues as Necessary?

I have heard that some Christians consider it the only sure sign of having received the Holy Spirit, which would seem quite important. If not generally, which groups hold to this belief, and in what ...
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Infant Baptism and Heaven

For those denominations who practice Infant Baptism, does baptizing the baby have anything to do with the destination of the infant’s soul? Which denomination believes that Infant Baptism is a ...
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What did Paul mean by 'work out your salvation'? [on hold]

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) Does ...
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How are Romans 3:24 and James 2:17 reconciled? [duplicate]

I mean. I want to put my faith in Jesus, and I try to make myself believe that he is my Savior.. But I find myself putting more faith in "My" actions instead of his. And according to these two ...
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From whom does faith come?

I've heard both of these claims, and they seem to have irreconcilable differences: God does his part (the call/invitation), now you do yours (respond in faith) God not only gave his son for you, but ...
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Assurance of Salvation in Catholicism

Among some Protestant groups such as Evangelicals and Pentecostals, it is a very common question to ask "Are you saved?" or "Are you born again?". They say that the moment you believe in Jesus Christ, ...
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Is Catholicism a “works” denomination?

Catholicism venerates people's works as that is the only way to become a saint - you actually have to DO something. I understand that there has been a strong debate regarding faith or works (or ...
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Are we saved by grace or works? [closed]

Throughout the New Testament there seems to be a distinction drawn between grace and works, it is almost as if one salvation question is “who you are” and the second salvation question is “what have ...
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Is Salvation a State Function?

Does the salvation of a believer depend on the present state of her faith or are the different life transitions taken into account? Suppose a believer leads a life of faith in Christ. At the end of ...
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What is Lordship Salvation?

I have heard the term "Lordship Salvation" several times now, including in an answer I read recently. Can anyone explain to me what this is? Is this the official position of any major churches? Is ...
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How do people become the sheep that Jesus speaks of in John 10?

In my daily Bible study, I've been working through the book of John, and have come to the point where Jesus makes several references to the sheep of His sheepfold. Today's passage, below, which marks ...
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What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching?

What does being Born Again mean per Catholic teaching? Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)
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What is the Roman Catholic interpretation of John 3:16?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NIV) What is the Roman Catholic way of ...
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Expectation of salvation for the poorly catechized

The Catholic Church teaches in the Catechism on Baptism that there are several types of Baptism, one of which is for those fellow eternal-soul-endowed humans who have never heard of Christ. But, ...
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Salvation vs Condemnation: Matthew 12

Matthew 12 ESV A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of ...
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What is the SBC's stance on what/how salvation is/works?

What is the Southern Baptist Convention's stance on what salvation is and how it works? Is there an official doctrine? Is it challenged by prominent members?
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Is Abraham in heaven? [duplicate]

If Jesus brought everlasting life and Abraham died before the coming of Jesus (and in fact before Judaism), would we therefore expect to see Abraham in heaven? What passages in the bible direct us to ...
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Is John Piper a five point Calvinist?

John Piper is the well known and highly regarded (and recently retired) Pastor for Preaching and Teaching at Bethlehem Church in Minnesota, and the leader of Desiring God Ministries. Piper is widely ...
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How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards? [closed]

I'm 18 years old, and I was born in a Christian family (Evangelical), so I've been going to church and believed in Jesus my whole life. However, I am concerned about salvation. According to what I ...
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How does Jesus fulfill the Protoevangelium (First Gospel) in Genesis 3:15?

In the judgment of the serpent in Genesis 3:15, God says the following: The Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of ...
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Is prayer to Jesus required for salvation?

According to the Bible, will those who have heard about Jesus (and, perhaps, even believed that Jesus existed or that he had a special role) and yet have never prayed directly to Him (i.e. never ...
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Biblical basis for “God's already forgiven you” teaching

I have recently heard many preachers and teachers say things like "God has already forgiven you. All you have to do is accept God's free gift of salvation." In particular Joel Osteen and Joseph ...
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What is the biblical basis against Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone, apart from works)?

One of the key points of the Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Fide, that salvation is by faith alone, apart from works. The reformers thought this was in contrast to the doctrines of the Catholic ...
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Important Western Soteriological Works

Does anyone know what works are considered to be principal elements of Western soteriological thought, primarily focused on Roman Catholic and Protestant ideologies? I'm interested mostly in primary ...
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What are some criticisms of “Spirit-filled” church soteriology? [closed]

I know that according to the teachings of some church groups that originated in the early 20th century, a person must receive 'Holy Spirit baptism', necessarily evidenced by the manifestation of the ...
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Does Joyce Meyer preach salvation by faith in Jesus alone (ie not works)?

A non-Christian colleague is really interested in Joyce Meyer and is watching a lot of her talks. I don't know much about her (I only saw one talk and it was soundly Biblical). Does she preach the ...
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Does my monk go to heaven? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus? I have found this very basic question perplexing to different pastors, rectors, and members of churches: If ...
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Was Jesus two separate individuals in one body?

I have always been told, and I thoroughly believe that Jesus was wholly God and wholly man. Since there are multiple occasions in the Bible where pre-incarnate Jesus apparently appeared to people, ...
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How does Reformed theology interpret 1 Corinthians 9:27

This questions is aimed at those Christians who frequently refer to living people as "saved" or "unsaved", and especially to those who believe that someone saved can't become "unsaved" later. At least ...
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What is the scriptural basis for the idea that salvation can still be obtained after death?

What is the basis in the Scripture for the doctrine that those who haven't received salvation during their physical life, especially those who heard of Christ and yet chose not to pray to Him, will ...
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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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How does a person determine whether they are a “false Christian” or “inconsistent Christian”? [closed]

Many Protestants believe once saved, always saved. Christians who accept Jesus get saved. They also continue sinning and no one is perfect. My question is to those who hold this position. I have ...
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Who believe that innocent children will also go to Hell?

But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 18:16, NIV) To those ...
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Is an intellectual comprehension of the gospel by the earthly mind required for salvation?

The root of this question stems from wondering whether someone can have a saving relationship with Jesus without having the mental capacity or maturity that would be required to understand the gospel ...
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Nature of salvation in the Old Testament [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Who saved people before ~33AD? (This question I address to those Christians who believe that salvation once acquired cannot be lost. I am specifically after the answer ...
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In Protestant faith is one's old self dying on the cross with Jesus symbolic, or the actual assumption of a new Eternal life?

Many years ago,(I won't say just how many) I accepted Jesus as my savior in a small Baptist church. Up until that time I had never felt any guilt over sinning. Since that day though I have a guilt ...
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How much are we personally responsible for the salvation of someone else? [closed]

The quickest and easiest answer might be "not at all, as it's only between God and that person", but this question can lead to other question. For example, to the responsibility of a priest. Even as ...
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In 1 Peter 4:18, what do Peter mean by the righteous having difficulty to be saved?

And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved,what will become of the godless man and the sinner? ( 1 Peter 4:18 NASB). It seems that Peter wasn't talking about salvation from hell ...
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What is the biblical basis for the doctrine of the loss of salvation?

In contrast to the doctrine of Eternal Security, many denominations believe that a person can, in fact, lose his or her salvation. So, what is the biblical basis or biblical argument for the doctrine ...
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What is the biblical basis for the doctrine of Eternal Security?

The Doctrine of Eternal Security teaches that once a person truly experience salvation, that person's eternal destiny of eternal life is immutable. What is the biblical basis or biblically-based ...
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Did most of the people that Jesus heal believe he was God? If so, why does the Bible not record them asking for salvation?

1) Most of the people that Jesus healed — did they believe Jesus was God? 2) If so, why did they ask for temporary things (let me walk; let me see; get rid of my diseases; heal my son/daughter) ...
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Has the matter of salvation - whether it is by works or by faith alone - ever been considered on any councils of the Catholic and Orthodox churches?

Prior to Luther's Reformation, has the matter of salvation - whether it is by works or by faith alone - ever been considered on any councils of the Catholic and Orthodox churches?
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Are there any common themes in the dreams so many Muslims have that prompt them to come to Jesus?

I understand that a good number of believers, who were once Muslim, became Christians after having a dream where Jesus appears to them and tells them to follow Him. Examples are recorded in books ...
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Did Jacob Arminius and/or the remonstrants believe they were in agreement with John Calvin?

In a comment on another question on this site, a user says that the Remonstrants thought they more faithfully represented Calvin and Augustine's teaching than did those who eventually convened the ...
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If Hell does not exist would God have sent Jesus to die? [closed]

There have been several comments on this site which tend to deny the existence of Hell. But Jesus tells me that the lake of fire is the place of Eternal punishment that God created for Satan and the ...
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Will good, God-fearing people who don't believe in Jesus' divinity be excluded from Heaven?

Will Jews, Buddhists, and all others who truly believe in God but not that Jesus is God, and who adhered to the Ten Commandments and who have done charitable acts throughout their lives, be excluded ...
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Can a married woman enter heaven if she bears no children? [closed]

Is there biblical basis for the idea that if a married woman bears no children she won't go to heaven? Is there a biblical basis against the idea?
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Did Jesus sacrifice his soul to save ours?

I am not asking for an opinion, what I am asking is that you evaluate my interpretation of the Scriptures and show me where I have misinterpreted them. In the following scriptures; it is indicated ...
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Can the devil and/or yourself lead you to a wrong form of Christianity? [closed]

I have the fear that the devil and/or myself can lead me to a wrong form of Christianity, such as one subtly based on works, without you actually knowing it. Is there an example of this in the Bible, ...
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Martin Luther's Sacramentology

I was reading Luther's Larger Catechism, and I came upon the section where he discusses the sacraments. I must confess, as a Baptist with a profound respect for Luther, some of these concepts are very ...