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The Filioque is considered to be of extremely significant importance in Reformed Theology. Even in Reformed-flavored Protestantism (such as that found at The Gospel Coalition), it has implications for Scripture's authority, as well as preaching and discipleship. These implications include the authority of Scripture and the preaching and discipleship of the ...


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In general, what you've heard is similar to a widely held perspective within Protestantism. From Luther: “Feelings come and feelings go, And feelings are deceiving; My warrant is the Word of God-- Naught else is worth believing. This highlights though, that our faith should be based on the Word of God - not on our own thinking. It is entirely ...


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Your citing of Genesis 6:6 and Ephesians 4:30 is good. That's probably as far as we can go in answering your question, however. I want to say God was indeed grieved by the sin of His chief angel, Lucifer. God had invested a great deal in Lucifer. Lucifer was beautiful to behold, and he perhaps had a special place, or ranking, in the third heaven. Perhaps ...


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In short, yes, Jesus is talking about a physical gathering of two or three people (or in one instance, two or three individuals, one united congregation, and one sinner). In our technological age, NOTHING can fully replace face-to-face meetings between people, especially the Lord's people at the grass roots level of a healthy local church, or an assembly of ...


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I suppose it depends on if faith is being defined as belief in facts or as trust in a person or loyalty to a person. Really, in true faith there are all three aspects. Faith cannot be based only on emotion, for you must know certain facts, that Jesus is the Son of God, that he was crucified, died, was burried, and rose again on the third day. But you also ...


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The Catholic and Protestant traditions revere the Lord Prayer, which says in part: Matthew 6:12 "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Immediately after telling His disciples to pray that way, Jesus gives us more details about forgiveness: Matthew 6:14-15 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also ...


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In Catholicism, the marks of the Church are that she is one holy catholic apostolic these words are taken from the second part of the Nicene creed, which is commonly prayed at every Mass and the tenents of which are generally accepted by mainline Protestant denominations. I think, but have very little basis for this thought, that Protestant reformers ...


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The verse you quote does not specify exactly what "gather in my name" means, whether that includes cell phone conversations or Internet chat rooms or whatever. I'm not aware of any other verse that you could drag in to specify. That hardly makes this verse unique. People often think of the Bible as a big book, but there are plenty of novels that are longer, ...


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Simple answer: Not all The opinions of the early Reformers were divided on this issue, with Luther on one end of the spectrum: When asked whether Lutherans should do away with the Elevation of the Host in the liturgy, Luther consistently replied in 1544: By no means, for such abrogation would tend to diminish respect for the Sacrament and cause it to ...


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Mainly for historical interest, I point out Optatus, a bishop of Milevis in modern-day Algeria. In a work published some time around A.D.370, he wrote at length in opposition to Parmenianus, the bishop of Carthage and leader of the Donatist movement. Parmenianus claimed that there were six distinctive gifts of the true Church, and that Donatism possessed ...


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The primary context (Matt 18:15-20) of this passage is about correcting other believers. It's about when another believer sins against you and how you should attempt to bring them to repentance, to repair your relationship with them and to repair their standing in the church. It is not, primarily, about any generic gathering of believers. I believe that ...


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I'm a Mormon myself. I think the term is "Restorationist" as we believe that the fullness of the gospel had been lost from the earth, through a great apostasy. We believe that God restored the fullness of the Gospel to the earth through a Latter-day prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., and that God continues to speak to His children through a living prophet today, ...



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