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Catechism of the catholic Church, 1864 "Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven." [Mt 12:31; cf. Mk 3:29; Lk 12:10]. There are no limits to the mercy of God, but anyone who deliberately refuses to accept his mercy by repenting, rejects the forgiveness of his ...


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Taking a slightly different tack (and not wanting to detract at all from Fredsbends excellent and informative answer), but the short answer is a definite No. Any authority over evil spirits that a believer may exercise does not derive from knowing their names, but comes by way of delegation from Christ (cf. Matthew 28:19-20;10:1; Luke 10:17-20; Mark 16:17). ...


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The answer to your question requires that we "factor in" the nature and context of what was happening in the book of Acts. The infant church is just that: an infant. Infants have few, if any, experiences--whether their own or others'--to serve as guides in "how things work." The church is grappling with a learning curve during this time of ...


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You are correct that all believers have the Holy Spirit indwelling them from conversion on. However, Samaria is an instance of Spirit Baptism. Luke consistently presents a pattern of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit being distinct from and subsequent to salvation1. These texts in Acts 1, 2, 8, 9, 11, and 19 form the basis of the Classical Pentecostal ...


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Actually, this is more Kabbalah than Christianity and has further roots in the occult and other non-Christian mysticism and folklore (Rumpelstiltskin comes to mind, which is a decidedly non-Christian story). The idea that knowing the name of a beast/demon/whatever gives you dominion over it came from the idea that naming a beast/demon/whatever showed your ...


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the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." (Acts 13:2)


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Disclaimer: This answer is from a Charismatic Evangelical perspective with Wesleyan soteriology. Is receiving the Holy Spirit the completion of Salvation? The short answer is no. While it is true that Ephesians 4:30 ESV says And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Given this, it would be easy ...



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